Could Texas soon be back under federal Voting Rights Act supervision?

In October, federal judge Nelva Gonzalez Ramos of the Southern District of Texas issued a far-reaching opinion striking down Texas’ new Voter ID law on several grounds. She not only found that the law violated Section 2 of the Voting … Continue reading

How would you avoid disparate impact liability?

Disparate impact theory tells employers that they have broken the law when a concededly neutral hiring practice produces too many employees of one race and not enough of another. Let’s say you’re an employer looking to hire 20 people from … Continue reading

Congress turns up the heat on EPA

In a noteworthy article at The Daily Signal, Ron Arnold reports that congressional leaders are fed up with EPA’s reliance on politicized science and that there is a movement afoot to change the way EPA does business.  Citing EPA’s expansive … Continue reading

Clean Water Act petition gets boost

In October, PLF filed a petition for review in the U.S. Supreme Court in an important Clean Water Act case on behalf of Kent Recycling.  Kent is seeking to challenge a wetland delineation, called a Jurisdictional Determination, on private property … Continue reading

Contracts: A trade analogy

Fans of the Oakland Athletics know that the team has just made a big trade. Supporters of Pacific Legal Foundation know that PLF’s Free Enterprise Project defends freedom of contract across the country, including the right of parties to be bound … Continue reading

Elite universities sued over race-based admissions

Yesterday, Harvard University and the University of North Carolina were sued over their race-based admissions practices. The complaints (here and here) describe, in detail, the divisive use of race at both universities. … Continue reading

When Obamacare fails, the Executive can’t blame states

As readers well know, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) imposes all sorts of new restrictions on the types of health insurance policies that can be bought and sold.  Naturally, this means that a lot of people who liked their health … Continue reading

Homeowners, farmers, ranchers, and realtors ask supreme court to hear PLF’s seawall appeal

This week, a wide and diverse array of California constituencies filed compelling letters in support of PLF’s petition for review in Lynch v. California Coastal Commission, which currently is pending before the California Supreme Court. … Continue reading

Democracy, distrust, and the Schuette dissent

Today is Election Day. As Justice Sotomayor noted in her dissent in Schuette v. BAMN, “we are fortunate to live in a democratic society. But without checks, democratically approved legislation can oppress minority groups. For that reason, our Constitution places limits on … Continue reading