Victory: Judge throws out garbage snooping law

Today, Judge Beth Andrus ruled that Seattle cannot hunt through its residents’ garbage in search of prohibited food waste. Our lawsuit, Bonesteel v. City of Seattle, challenged a Seattle law that says garbage collectors must search through trash cans along their … Continue reading

Impatience is no excuse to dispense with the Constitution’s checks and balances

Last week, the Supreme Court heard 90 minutes of oral argument from four advocates (two on each side) in United States v. Texas, the case brought by 26 states challenging the legality of the administration’s executive actions regarding about four … Continue reading

Certiorari denied in Shea v. Kerry

The Supreme Court denied certiorari this morning in Shea v. Kerry, PLF’s case challenging the Department of State’s race-based hiring practice. This is a disappointing end to a very important case. … Continue reading

Zeal of climate change activists collides with the First Amendment

Several state attorneys general have announced their intention to begin investigations of ExxonMobil.  They contend that the energy company may have violated state unfair business practice laws during the 1980s and 1990s by trying to mislead the public about the … Continue reading

Upcoming court hearing: can garbage collectors sift through your trash?

Seattle punishes people who throw food in the garbage bin. To enforce this mandate, the City has deputized garbage collectors to poke through each garbage can on their routes, hunting for taboo pizza crusts or red velvet cakes. PLF sued on behalf … Continue reading

Seattle trashes privacy rights by having garbage collectors snoop for food waste on Courting Liberty

PLF Director of Communications Harold Johnson interviews PLF Attorney Ethan Blevins about the current state of Bonesteel v. City of Seattle, where PLF represents a number of Seattle residents in challenging the city’s food waste ordinance, designed to stop citizens … Continue reading

President’s weekly report — April 1, 2016

Supreme Court member apologizes  Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg today issued an apology today on behalf of all Justices, living and dead, who ever espoused the notion of a “living constitution.” Saying that she was visited by the ghost of her … Continue reading