Congress questions EPA about Andy Johnson’s stock pond

Several weeks ago, the New York Times ran a front page article about the Andy Johnson’s stock pond and the EPA compliance order threatening him with more than $16 million in fines. Here’s a taste: The sun was sinking and … Continue reading

President’s weekly report — October 2, 2015

Endangered species — Utah prairie dog Oral argument was held this week in People for Ethical Treatment of Property Owners v. United States Fish & Wildlife Service, the case where we are challenging the right of the federal government to … Continue reading

Stars, hide your fires–government transparency in Washington

The tragic figure Macbeth said, “Stars, hide your fires; Let not light see my black and deep desires.” Enlightened decisions don’t flourish in shadow. Likewise, good government means open government. As James Madison wrote, “a popular government, without popular information, or the means … Continue reading

Made a deal with the devil? Deal with it.

There’s an interesting issue lurking in PLF’s petition for review in Common Sense Alliance v. Growth Management Hearings Board: Is a conservation buffer an interest in real property? Briefly about the case: Common Sense Alliance involves a challenge to San … Continue reading

PLF attorneys ask Washington Supreme Court to protect property owners from San Juan County land grab

Washington’s “growth management” approach to regulating land-use adjacent to environmentally sensitive areas relies almost exclusively on presumptions and generalizations—demanding that landowners dedicate oversized buffers based on assumed impacts rather than any actual determination that a proposed development will or will … Continue reading

PLF at the Supreme Court, Part I on Courting Liberty

PLF attorneys discuss petitions currently before the Supreme Court, including petitions dealing with wetlands, mandatory affordable housing, and the forced merger of parcels for the purpose of avoiding compensating landowners. In this week’s Courting Liberty Podcast, PLF Director of Litigation … Continue reading

Property rights & the Roberts Court

In an article published today by Engage, PLF attorneys Brian T. Hodges and Christopher M. Kieser consider the U.S. Supreme Court’s most recent property rights case, Horne v. United States Department of Agriculture, in the context of the Roberts Court’s … Continue reading

Supreme Court scheduled to consider important Clean Water Act cases

Thomas Jefferson warned, “The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield and government to gain ground.”  That warning applies full force to the Clean Water Act.  Under the Act, the government can “federalize” private property by declaring the … Continue reading