Designating non-habitat as “critical habitat?” Where does it stop?

In 2014, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service listed the Gunnison sage-grouse as “threatened” under the Endangered Species Act and designated over 1.4 million acres as “critical habitat” in Colorado and Utah. For years, the affected states, counties, and landowners … Continue reading

PLF sues U.S Fish and Wildlife to protect small businesses

There appears to be a universal recognition that small business is the lifeblood of our economy and a necessary component of our way of life: Economic freedom is the foundation for individual success and prosperity. This freedom is evident in … Continue reading

White House WOTUS update

We reported here that the Administration had proposed withdrawing the 2015 WOTUS rule as directed by Executive Order. And, that EPA would soon be issuing a new rule defining “waters of the United States” under the Clean Water Act. According … Continue reading

The Nation’s WOTUS problem!

In response to the President’s Executive Order directing the EPA to revise the controversial rule redefining “waters of the United States” issued in 2015, EPA proposes to withdraw the rule, codify preexisting rules and guidance, and then issue a new … Continue reading

Supreme Court to hear constitutional challenge to federal sports betting ban

This morning, the Supreme Court decided to review New Jersey’s constitutional challenge to a federal law that purports to forbid almost every state—except, notably, Nevada—from legalizing sports gambling. PLF, joined by Cato and CEI, filed an amicus brief supporting cert. … Continue reading

Running down the controlling opinion in Rapanos v. United States

In February of this year, the President signed  an Executive Order calling for the Army Corps of Engineers and EPA to review and revise the government’s ill-fated definition of “waters of the United States” published in June, 2015. That definition … Continue reading

Law professors argue the President can’t revoke national monuments (and implicitly that Congress can’t either)

We’ve written a lot lately about past Presidents’ abuse of the Antiquities Act and President Trump’s opportunity to reconsider some of those abuses. A few weeks ago, the President issued an executive order calling for a review of 21 years … Continue reading

Supreme Court calls for the Solicitor General’s views on Rinehart v. California

This morning, the Supreme Court asked the United States’ Solicitor General to weigh in on Rinehart v. California, PLF’s challenge to California’s suction dredge mining ban. The case raises significant questions about federalism, preemption, and state regulation of federal lands. … Continue reading

Weekly litigation update — May 13, 2017

PLF fights for booksellers’ First Amendment rights On Thursday, PLF filed a major civil rights lawsuit on behalf of Book Passage, a bookstore in the Bay Area. The lawsuit challenges a California statute that requires businesses that sell signed items … Continue reading