Pacific Legal Foundation files amicus brief supporting Drakes Bay Oyster Company’s Supreme Court petition

How many Americans own property, or own or work at a business, which relies on a federal permit of some kind? Probably millions. For example, tens of thousands of cattle ranches hold permits to graze on federal land in the … Continue reading

President’s weekly report — May 9, 2014

Obama care — Oral Argument The D.C. Circuit court of appeals heard oral argument on May 9 in Sissel v. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, our Origination Clause challenge to the individual mandate tax contained in the so-called … Continue reading

Forced union fees should end

The government’s days of forcing non-union members to pay union fees are likely numbered.  A few weeks ago, I discussed two pending cases challenging such fees and I explained that such fees amount to compelled speech.  This post explains why … Continue reading

President’s weekly report — April 18, 2014

Property Rights — California Coastal Commission We filed our brief in Lynch v. California Coastal Commission.  Here, the Commission is 1) refusing to allow a pair of homeowners to repair some storm-damaged beach stairs unless the stairs are dedicated for public use … Continue reading

PLF asks US Supreme Court to hear broadcasters out

For years, FCC has prohibited public broadcasters from showing paid advertisements by for-profit entities or political candidates.  So when Minority TV—a non-profit channel out of San Francisco—aired advertisements for Korean Air, Gingko Biloba Tea, and the like, FCC scrambled to … Continue reading

Supreme Court hears oral argument in challenge to Obamacare contraceptive mandate

Today the Supreme Court heard oral argument in the Hobby Lobby case challenging Obamacare’s requirement that employers provide their employees with health insurance coverage for contraceptives.  Hobby Lobby, Mardel, and Conestoga Wood—whose owners say the contraceptive mandate would force them … Continue reading

Compelled union dues are compelled speech

The United States Supreme Court recently heard oral argument in Harris v. Quinn, an important compelled-speech case. This case challenges Illinois’ classification as “state employees” of all home health-care workers that receive reimbursements from the government’s Medicaid program. As a … Continue reading

Failing public schools selfishly try to prevent students from transferring to better schools

In my home-state, the largest and worst school district has 15 vacant school buildings, down from 27 a few years ago.  Maintaining these buildings costs taxpayers in the City of Milwaukee almost three-quarters of a million dollars each year.  The … Continue reading