West Virginia is more free today than it was yesterday

This morning the West Virginia legislature passed a bill repealing their Certificate of Need law, also known as a “Competitor’s Veto” law.  Formerly, anybody who wanted to start a moving business there essentially had to ask their competitors for permission … Continue reading

WOTUS suit goes forward in the Supreme Court

In our last WOTUS update, we informed you that the President recalled the infamous WOTUS rule redefining “waters of the United States” under the Clean Water Act and directed DOJ and the EPA to revise the rule in accordance with … Continue reading

Tenth Circuit overturns Utah prairie dog decision

We got some disappointing news yesterday when the Tenth Circuit overturned the federal district court’s decision that federal regulations prohibiting the take of Utah prairie dogs exceed the federal government’s constitutional powers. As you may not recall, since more than … Continue reading

Seattle Robs Landlords of Right to Choose Tenants on Courting Liberty podcast

In this week’s episode of Courting Liberty, PLF’s Director of Communications Harold Johnson interviews PLF Northwest Center Attorney Ethan Blevins and PLF Client MariLyn Yim about the challenging of Seattle’s new mandate forcing landlords to rent to the first qualified … Continue reading

PLF to testify at congressional hearing on how ESA burdens development

It is a busy week for PLF’s DC Center. Our Executive Director Todd Gaziano will be speaking Wednesday at an event hosted by Senator Lee (Utah) to announce the release of an American Enterprise Institute paper coauthored by Todd and … Continue reading

DeSoto County takes bite of P.I.E.; P.I.E. bites back

When the Florida Legislature enacted the Bert J. Harris, Jr., Private Property Rights Protection Act, it explained that the law provided a remedy to landowners unfairly affected by government regulation on their property. The law says: When a specific action of … Continue reading

PLF defends against overcriminalization under the Endangered Species Act

William Blackstone famously said “it is better that ten guilty persons escape than one innocent suffer.” Today, the criminal law honors that venerable principle by forbidding anyone from being criminally punished unless they commit an illegal act with a blameworthy … Continue reading

Media coverage of Supreme Court oral argument in Murr v. State of Wisconsin

This morning, the historic property rights case of Murr v. State of Wisconsin and St. Croix County was argued at the Supreme Court by John M. Groen, PLF’s Executive Vice President and General Counsel. Listen to our Courting Liberty podcast on … Continue reading

Public Land Withdrawals Can Be Rolled Back

The Congressional Review Act (“CRA”) defines “rule” broadly, to include any regulatory agency document that impacts the general public. The Congressional Review Act adopts the definition of “rule” from Section 551 of the Administrative Procedure Act, with some modifications. Specifically, … Continue reading