President’s weekly report — January 23, 2015

Property Rights — New Jersey rejects takings claim The New Jersey Supreme Court issued this adverse ruling in Griepenburg v. Township of Ocean.  In that case the New Jersey Supreme Court held that a local government can zone a property … Continue reading

NY and NJ courts both reject property rights

Property owners in New York and New Jersey learned again this week that their state courts often reject property rights in favor of creative ways to take private property in a manner that violates the Fifth Amendment. In New York, the court upended a centuries-old settled … Continue reading

Should government tell you whom you can invite into your home?

Businesses would often prefer to shut out new innovators through regulation than compete with them. For example, taxi companies across the globe clamor for government to regulate the ride-sharing services of Uber and Lyft. These anti-competitive urges hurt economic growth and constrict … Continue reading

A farce, a tragedy, or both

James Madison once wrote, “a popular government, without popular information, or the means of acquiring it, is but a prologue to a Farce, or a Tragedy, or, perhaps, both.” Despite being bad at agreeing on about anything nowadays, most everyone likes the idea … Continue reading

Supreme Court declines to review Kentner

Pacific Legal Foundation is disappointed to report that the U.S. Supreme Court will not hear Kentner v. City of Sanibel, a PLF case that asked whether constitutional due process guarantees apply to private property. Although the Fourteenth Amendment guarantees that no state … Continue reading

President’s weekly report — January 9, 2015

United States Supreme Court — awaiting orders in three of our cases We’re hoping for good news on Monday when the Court is set to issue orders in three of our cases: Stewart & Jasper Orchards v. Jewell (whether the … Continue reading

Ringing in the new year with news of court victories for liberty

The new year has brought news of victories for liberty across the fruited plain. Earlier this week, the Weston (Ct.) Forum reported on a five-million dollar jury verdict in favor of a property owner and against the town of Weston for … Continue reading

Would it be cheaper to just fly every Californian to Japan?

I follow The Onion on Twitter.  It is a news parody site, and it is regularly hilarious.  Over the weekend it tweeted, “Ambitious High-Speed Rail Plan Will Fly Americans To Japan To Use Their Trains onion.com/1Am4dk1 #OurAnnualYear.”  The linked article talks about an “ambitious” $80 billion … Continue reading

Forest Service, meet your original mission; you too have a lot of catching up to do.

Capitol Press published my op ed online this morning, laying out the case that the United States Forest Service was originally founded to protect private water rights, but now steadfastly opposes them. The Forest Service has radically inverted its mission: closing publicly … Continue reading