California versus the Supremacy Clause

In Iskanian v. CLS Transportation Los Angeles, LLC, the California Supreme Court once again displayed its ongoing hostility to arbitration contracts.  As we noted when the decision came down in June, the court bowed to the inevitable in acknowledging the … Continue reading

PLF challenges Alexandria’s “For Sale” sign ban

Scott McLean, a resident of Alexandria, Virginia, would like to sell his truck, but is afraid of getting a parking ticket, like he did two years ago, when he placed a “For Sale” sign on his car. Why would he get a … Continue reading

On punishing plumbers

In the midst of a struggling economy, California has decided to crack down on the nefarious handymen that you hire to fix your stuff. Thanks to a new California law, honest people trying to scrape by doing repair or construction work now … Continue reading

Uber, Lyft, VRBO, and the value of economic liberty

I was recently interviewed on the Power and Market Report about Uber, Lyft, VRBO and other innovations which are providing consumers with excellent new services.  Naturally the old regime is not pleased, and has taken to lobbying state legislatures to … Continue reading

PLF files amicus brief in support of California raisin farmers

Under a draconian, Depression-era regulatory scheme, California raisin farmers are required to hand over a portion of their crop to the “Raisin Administrative Committee” (RAC), rather than selling it on the open market. The RAC is an unelected board overseen … Continue reading

If a tree falls in the forest, make sure you don’t take a picture with it

Last month, the Forest Service proposed a regulation that would require permits costing as much as $1500 to take photographs or film on Forest Service land. The public response has been overwhelmingly negative [I tried but couldn’t make the sentence … Continue reading

Must BP compensate people who were never harmed by BP?

60 minutes has a fascinating piece that illustrates many of the problems with the civil justice system today.  After the Deepwater Horizon spill in 2010, BP entered into a settlement agreement in which it agreed to pay businesses for losses … Continue reading

A new, and unconstitutional, approach to contract law

Patricia Atalese signed a contract with a financial services firm, in which she agreed that “any claim or dispute” between herself and the firm, related to the services provided, “shall be submitted to binding arbitration upon the request of either … Continue reading