President’s weekly report — March 28, 2014

Endangered Species Act — Saving Lolita  PLF filed this comment letter on the attempt by some radical greens to exploit Lolita, or at least to evict this Killer Whale from Miami’s Seaquarium , where she has been thriving for thirty years.  Her … Continue reading

PLF files comment on regulation of privately-owned animals under the ESA

This week, PLF filed a comment on a USFWS proposal to remove an exemption for captive orcas from regulation under the ESA. You may recall that this began with a PETA petition to list Lolita, an orca who … Continue reading

The public trust doctrine and groundwater

This week, Pacific Legal Foundation filed an amicus brief in Environmental Law Foundation v. State Water Resources Control Board.  The brief, filed on behalf of the California Farm Bureau Federation, addresses the constitutional consequences of applying the public trust doctrine to … Continue reading

Florida: Koontz spurs possible legislative fix to extortion

As our Managing Attorney for Hawaii, Robert Thomas, reports, a bill (HR 1077) is making its way through the Florida Legislature that would prohibit local governments from imposing any kind of exaction (including monetary ones) on land-use permit applicants, unless … Continue reading

President’s weekly report — January 31, 2014

Environment — Right to challenge wetlands designation mistake We filed this opposition to the federal government’s motion to dismiss our case against the government in Duarte Nursery v. United States Army Corps of Engineers.  That’s the case where the Corps ordered John … Continue reading

Coy Koontz, Jr., receives Crystal Eagle Award in New Orleans

Coy Koontz, Jr., received the Crystal Eagle Award today from Owners Counsel of America, an organization of distinguished eminent domain attorneys who specialize in representing landowners throughout the nation.  Presented by PLF’s Robert Thomas from Hawaii and myself at OCA’s … Continue reading

President’s weekly report — January 17, 2014

Property Rights — United States Supreme Court The Supreme Court heard oral argument this week in Brandt v. United States, a case in which the United States is trying to argue that abandoned railroad easements are not, in fact, easements.  … Continue reading

President’s weekly report — January 10, 2014

Environment — Clean Water Act We filed this reply brief in Hawkes v. United States, the case where a peat farmer is trying to establish that his property is not subject to the jurisdiction of the Corps because it is not … Continue reading

2014: the year of the water wars?

California, and much of the west, is experiencing its third consecutive year of drought. And a recent report on the Sierra Nevada snowpack—the source of much of California’s water—found that it is only 20% of its average depth at this … Continue reading

Oral argument in Coastal Commission appeal tomorrow, in Ventura

Tomorrow, I will argue SDS Family Trust v. California Coastal Commission in the California Court of Appeal, in Ventura, at 1:30 p.m.  This case challenges the constitutionality of a public-access easement that the California Coastal Commission seeks to exact from a … Continue reading