When legislatures violate your rights, who’s going to stop them?

Today, PLF urged the Florida’s Second District Court of Appeal to take up its duty to protect individual rights, and to enforce the state constitution’s protections for economic liberty. Occupational licensing has run amok.  As a White House Report recently … Continue reading

Game on! U.S. Supreme Court to review California anti-arbitration rule

Today, in the first order list of the 2015 Term, the Supreme Court granted certiorari in MHN Government Services, Inc. v. Zaborowski, in which the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals applied a severability rule created by the California Supreme Court … Continue reading

Missed opportunity: California Supreme Court refuses to hear “adjacent liability” case

Yesterday, the California Supreme Court denied the petition for review in Sherman v. Hennessy Industries, in which the California Court of Appeal held that the manufacturer of a safe product can be liable for injuries caused by unsafe products used … Continue reading

PLF at the Supreme Court, Part I on Courting Liberty

PLF attorneys discuss petitions currently before the Supreme Court, including petitions dealing with wetlands, mandatory affordable housing, and the forced merger of parcels for the purpose of avoiding compensating landowners. In this week’s Courting Liberty Podcast, PLF Director of Litigation … Continue reading

Licensing of landscapers set to change in Oregon

Oregon is one of the few states that requires landscape contractors to be licensed. One of Oregon’s requirements is that aspiring landscapers must pass a written exam. The Pacific Legal Foundation is generally opposed to anti-competitive occupational licensing laws, which … Continue reading

Belts, suspenders, and overalls–the pointless and harmful growth of wrongful discharge law

The Supreme Court of Washington is on a crusade to protect workers from evil bosses even when it’s unnecessary and hurts everyone. … Continue reading

Happy Constitution Day!

I like to think every day is Constitution Day at PLF, as every day we celebrate the Constitution’s protections for individual rights and fight for both liberty and its corollary: limited government. But today, September 17, really is Constitution Day—the … Continue reading

PLF’s Timothy Sandefur speaks at Cato’s Constitution Day symposium

I’ll be speaking tomorrow at the Cato Institute’s annual Constitution Day symposium about the North Carolina Dental Examiners antitrust case (which I blogged about here). If you can’t attend in person (and there’s still space available) you can watch the … Continue reading

EPA meatheads: Dead from the neck up

What else can one say about the authors of the so-called Clean Power Plan?  On August 3, 2015, EPA promulgated a sweeping new regulatory scheme to control virtually all aspects of energy generation, distribution, and use in the United States.  The rules require power plants to curtail carbon dioxide emissions by approximately 30% over the next fifteen years.  The Plan was promulgated in violation of the structure, plain language, and historical context of the Clean Air Act, as well as in violation of the 10th Amendment of the United States Constitution.

Among other things, EPA’s Clean Power Plan seeks to drastically change the mix of fuels available in energy markets from fossil fuels, such as coal and natural gas, to renewables, such as wind and solar.  The rules establish a system in which the grid will not be able to support electricity demand.  The most benign expected results are blackouts and spiking energy costs.

Legal challenges to the Plan are being mobilized by broad coalitions of individuals, businesses, and states that will suffer the adverse consequences of such a drastic change in the energy sector of the nation’s economy.  But it’s not only the economy that is being threatened.  So is liberty.