Seattle’s Grand Bargain–a bargain for whom?

  The City of Seattle has proposed “The Grand Bargain” to fix its affordable housing crisis. The epic title doesn’t meet expectations. “The Grand Bargain” would force housing developers across the City to set aside a percentage of their developments as rent-restricted affordable housing … Continue reading

Weekly litigation report — July 1, 2016

California Supreme Court to take up tax case The right to a jury when the federal government takes your property Appeal filed in mobile home case Loss in gopher frog critical habitat challenge Union trespassing upheld Stack and pack upheld … Continue reading

Weekly litigation report — June 17, 2016

Property rights — limits on the public trust doctrine The Washington state court of appeals issued this opinion on the “public trust doctrine” in Chelan Basin Conservancy v. GBI Holdings.  The facts here involved a lake that had been raised 21 feet … Continue reading

Weekly litigation report — June 10, 2016

Another Supreme Court Victory! About two years ago, we filed a petition for certiorari in Kent Recycling v. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, a case out of the Fifth Circuit where we were challenging a district court ruling that held that … Continue reading

Public event by Heritage and PLF on June 15 to explore the impact of the Hawkes decision

As my fellow Liberty Bloggers have joyously explained, the Supreme Court’s unanimous ruling for our clients in U.S. Army Corps of Engineers v. Hawkes Co. will provide relief to millions of landowners whose property is subject to ever-expanding claims of … Continue reading

Your friendly neighborhood social engineer

The Senate almost saved our neighborhoods from micromanagement last week. Almost. As you may recall, the federal Housing and Urban Development Department (HUD) created a brazen new rule last year called “Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing” (AFFH). This rule promises to reshape … Continue reading

President’s weekly report — May 20, 2016

Complaint filed to stop “competitors’ veto” in West Virginia PLF attorneys challenged West Virginia’s Competitor’s Veto law on behalf of Arty Vogt, who owns a moving company based in Virginia.  Arty would like to provide moving services within neighboring West … Continue reading

President’s weekly report — May 13, 2016

Victory in Wyoming! Our client Andy Johnson entered in this consent decree with the Environmental Protection Agency in Johnson v. EPA. This is the case where the EPA threatened Andy Johnson with millions of dollars in fines if he didn’t … Continue reading

President’s weekly report, April 29, 2016

Seattle trashed!  We had  this resounding trial court victory in Bonesteel v. City of Seattle, our challenge to Seattle’s trash-snooping law. In a city where political correctness trumps individual rights, the city passed an ordinance that not only requires Seattlelites … Continue reading