More Endangered Species Act problems …

Over at the Reason Foundation website, Brian Seasholes has an interesting post underscoring conflicting environmental policies under the Endangered Species Act and highlighting our gopher frog case. The article is entitled The Endangered Species Act Hits Affluent Maryland Suburb of … Continue reading

Florida county ignores entrepreneurs’ property rights and hundreds of years of law

If you’ve ever bought a house or piece of land, you probably paid for a title search and title insurance.  A title search makes sure that the seller actually owns the property, free from any undisclosed liens or other third-party … Continue reading

Siskiyou County seeks high court review of groundwater decision

Last month, the Sacramento Superior Court issued a decision in Environmental Law Foundation v. State Water Resources Control Board, holding among other things that Siskiyou County cannot issue any new well permits unless it assesses the impacts of new groundwater … Continue reading

PLF’s Timothy Sandefur talks with Armstrong & Getty about property rights and the right to earn a living

I’ll be joining Armstrong & Getty in studio today at 7 am to talk about PLF’s lawsuit against San Francisco’s ransom demand for property owners, and Nebraska’s effort to force “for sale by owner” advertisers to get real estate broker … Continue reading

PLF to forest service: stop coveting private water rights

Last Friday Pacific Legal Foundation filed this comment letter with the United States Forest Service, in opposition to a proposed policy that would prevent the owners of private water rights from transferring them under state law from existing uses to other … Continue reading

Can constitutional rights be destroyed by desuetude?

Earlier this month, the Second Circuit rejected a Takings Clause challenge to a New York statute that, by increasing the state’s homestead exemption, destroyed a lien holder’s property interest. Rather than resolving what sort of property interest the lien was … Continue reading

President’s weekly report — August 22, 2014

Property Rights — Extortion-by-the-Bay We had a hearing today in Levin v. San Francisco on our challenge to San Francisco’s new scheme to extract huge chunks of cash from rent-controlled landlords who wish to go out of the landlord business.  For … Continue reading

PLF defends property owners’ rights from bureaucratic abuse

In 2010, the Alameda County Grand Jury sharply condemned Oakland’s Building Services Division — which enforces building code violations — concluding that it had created an “atmosphere of hostility and intimidation towards property owners.” In the four years since, little … Continue reading

President’s weekly report — August 15, 2014

Equality Under the Law — Government discrimination in contracting We filed this brief in Midwest Fence v. United States Department of Transportation.  Midwest Fence has been embroiled in litigation defending its right to bid for government contracts in Illinois on the same … Continue reading