Re-cap of argument in San Diego seawall appeal

Yesterday, I argued Lynch v. California Coastal Commission, in the California Court of Appeal in San Diego.  As I explained last week, the appeal centers on the Commission’s refusal to allow two families to rebuild a shared, private staircase down to … Continue reading

President’s weekly report — July 4, 2014

The theme of this week’s legal report is liberty and is dedicated to the writings of Thomas Jefferson Supreme Court filings:  “He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people, and eat … Continue reading

Timothy Sandefur’s Sac Bee op-ed on Hobby Lobby case

Today’s Sac Bee carries PLF attorney Timothy Sandefur’s op-ed about the Hobby Lobby case.  Excerpt: [Hobby Lobby] is hardly an extreme decision. It did not block the availability of contraception, or force workers to get their bosses’ approval. It simply … Continue reading

Supreme Court denies cert in Minority TV free speech case

Today the Supreme Court denied cert in a First Amendment challenge to the FCC’s ban on certain types of paid advertising on public television stations. The ban prohibits commercials for for-profit businesses and politicians, but allows the stations to broadcast … Continue reading

Nevada bureaucrats: we need to “vet” people before they exercise First Amendment rights

Retired Police Detective and PLF client Troy Castillo The right to speak freely isn’t just for political candidates; it’s also a central part of the right to earn a living. That’s why PLF’s Economic Liberty Project is in court fighting for Troy Castillo’s … Continue reading

Obama’s defeat on recess appointments: half a loaf is better than starving

Today’s Supreme Court ruling in National Labor Relations Board v. Noel Canning is a strange “split the baby” decision, bound to disappoint almost any serious scholar, even though it reached the right result on the claims at issue. A unanimous … Continue reading

Analysis of the teacher tenure case

As reported earlier on the Liberty Blog, the Superior Court for Los Angeles County issued a decision striking down three California statutes that relate to employment of California’s public school teachers.  The lawsuit was brought by Students Matter on behalf of … Continue reading

Schools illegally suspended students to comply with feds’ disparate-impact mandate?

A few months ago, I wrote about the Obama Administration’s announcement that it would apply disparate-impact theory to schools’ discipline policies. According to the Administration, a school presumably violates multiple federal laws if it punishes students of any particular race … Continue reading

CARB adopts amendments to AB 32′s scoping plan

It was only a matter of time. On the heels of the Cap-and Trade Regulation, on May 22, 2014, the California Air Resources Board adopted a regulatory plan that is so severe and so inimical to the interests of the state that it almost … Continue reading