PLF to testify at congressional hearing on how ESA burdens development

It is a busy week for PLF’s DC Center. Our Executive Director Todd Gaziano will be speaking Wednesday at an event hosted by Senator Lee (Utah) to announce the release of an American Enterprise Institute paper coauthored by Todd and … Continue reading

Weekly litigation update — March 25, 2017

Oral argument in Murr We had our oral argument in Murr v. Wisconsin. It was a tough argument with lots of questions throughout the argument.  We trust our answers helped dispel some of that confusion.  All in all, it was a … Continue reading

PLF defends against overcriminalization under the Endangered Species Act

William Blackstone famously said “it is better that ten guilty persons escape than one innocent suffer.” Today, the criminal law honors that venerable principle by forbidding anyone from being criminally punished unless they commit an illegal act with a blameworthy … Continue reading

Litigation update — March 18, 2017

Murr Monday coming up Tax-lien foreclosure-for-profit scheme rehearing denied Union trespass challenge continues Get your super-easy injunctions today in the Ninth Circuit! Is crony capitalism a public use? Loss for rights in mining claims Ninth Circuit declines to vacate Levin … Continue reading

How should one measure the Endangered Species Act’s performance?

Property rights and other groups that seek reform of the Endangered Species Act oftentimes note that only a tiny fraction of the species that have been listed under the Act have recovered. Environmentalists typically respond that a recovery metric is … Continue reading

Central Coast Forest Association wins round in California Supreme Court

Central Coast Forest Association, supported by Pacific Legal Foundation as amicus curiae, has won a long running procedural battle in the California Supreme Court. The unanimous Court ruled that California’s Endangered Species Act allows interested parties to petition for a species to … Continue reading

Is the ocean “land owned or controlled by the Federal government”?

As President Obama’s final term came to a close, he engaged in what has unfortunately become a favorite pastime for lame duck Presidents: trying to build a legacy by abusing the Antiquities Act. President Obama was the Barry Bonds of … Continue reading

Weekly litigation report — March 4, 2017

POTUS on WOTUS: “It’s a horrible, horrible rule. Has sort of a nice name, but everything else is bad.” Victory in California Supreme Court on Coho Salmon delisting petition Petition for rehearing filed in tax foreclosure scheme Supreme Court denies … Continue reading

Manatee count shows population continues to grow

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission (FWC) gave cause to celebrate: the manatee population continues to grow in Florida, according to agency’s newest survey results. The FWC today announced it counted 6,620 manatees in its annual survey. Last year the FWC … Continue reading