Your friendly neighborhood social engineer

The Senate almost saved our neighborhoods from micromanagement last week. Almost. As you may recall, the federal Housing and Urban Development Department (HUD) created a brazen new rule last year called “Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing” (AFFH). This rule promises to reshape … Continue reading

Plan Bay Area argument set for May 31

Next Tuesday, May 31, the California Court of Appeal will hear argument over the legality of Plan Bay Area — the plan to restrict future development in all but a tiny fraction of the already incredibly expensive Bay Area. The … Continue reading

PLF challenges law that allows businesses to veto new competition

Most people see the United States as the Land of Opportunity, where the right to pursue the occupation of one’s choice and to earn a living for oneself and one’s family is simply a “given.”  Yet over half the states … Continue reading

Our fight with EPA: Andy Johnson’s story in his own words

As we reported yesterday, Andy Johnson’s case challenging an illegal compliance order demanding he rip out his stock pond on pain of tens of millions in potential fines has settled. The following is Andy Johnson’s story in his own words. … Continue reading

Ninth Circuit oral argument in sea otter case

Last week, I argued PLF’s sea otter case before the Ninth Circuit. The issue before the Court is an essential one, that could have impacts far beyond this case: Can federal agencies escape judicial scrutiny for illegal actions if they … Continue reading

How will President Obama’s judicial appointees affect the federal courts?

For answers, check out this podcast by the Federalist Society, moderated by Dean Reuter. Brett Shumate of Wiley Rein discusses the impact of the president’s nominees to the D.C. Circuit, while I tackle the issue with respect to the Ninth … Continue reading