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

New video featuring PLF client Troy Castillo

Troy Castillo, a former sergeant and police detective, just wants to work in Nevada.  With his years of experience at the Palm Springs, California, police department, he’s obviously well-qualified to work as a private investigator in the Silver State.  And … Continue reading

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