A new approach to species protection

Laws can worsen the problem they aim to fix. For example, in colonial India, the British government placed a bounty on cobras to rid Delhi of a snake infestation. When entrepreneurs began to breed cobras to cash in on the … Continue reading

President’s weekly report — September 26, 2014

Property Rights — Suction Dredge Ban Undermined The California Court of Appeal has issued a decision that seriously undermines California’s ban on suction dredge mining. Adopting the argument of our amicus brief, the Court held that a state ban forbidding … Continue reading

Court of Appeal deals a blow to the state’s ban on suction dredge mining

The California Court of Appeal has issued a decision that seriously undermines California’s ban on suction dredge mining. Adopting the argument of our amicus brief, the Court held that a state ban forbidding all commercially beneficial use of a federal … Continue reading

PLF appeals sea otter dismissal

PLF has filed its opening brief in the Ninth Circuit challenging the dismissal of a challenge brought by Southern California fishermen against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s decision to violate federal law by terminating protections for them and their fishery guaranteed … Continue reading

President’s weekly report — September 19, 2014

Contract rights — adverse New Mexico decision The New Mexico Supreme Court issued this adverse decision in First Baptist Church of Roswell v. Yates Petroleum.  Here, the church entered into a standard contract with Yates, which specified that until the … Continue reading

President’s weekly report — September 12, 2014

Environment — When is a wetland not federally controlled? We filed this complaint this week in Universal Welding v. United States Army Corps of Engineers.  The Corps is asserting jurisdiction over some of Universal’s low-value wetlands in North Pole, Alaska, just … Continue reading

Another common sense decision against “take by permit” under the ESA

We recently reported on the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision in The Aransas Project v. Shaw, which held that the Texas Department of Environmental Quality had not committed illegal take of endangered whooping cranes by issuing permits for diversion … Continue reading

More Endangered Species Act problems …

Over at the Reason Foundation website, Brian Seasholes has an interesting post underscoring conflicting environmental policies under the Endangered Species Act and highlighting our gopher frog case. The article is entitled The Endangered Species Act Hits Affluent Maryland Suburb of … Continue reading

President’s weekly report — August 22, 2014

Property Rights — Extortion-by-the-Bay We had a hearing today in Levin v. San Francisco on our challenge to San Francisco’s new scheme to extract huge chunks of cash from rent-controlled landlords who wish to go out of the landlord business.  For … Continue reading