President’s weekly report — November 20, 2015

Mobile home park shakedown scheme challenged PLF attorneys filed this complaint this week in Jisser v. City of Palo Alto on behalf of a couple that would like to retire from the business of running a mobile home park but … Continue reading

President’s weekly report — November 6, 2015

Property rights — mapping the property away We filed this amicus brief in Kirby v. North Carolina supporting the rights of landowners. In a scenario common in many states, transportation agencies know they will likely be building new roads and … Continue reading

Enviros’ agenda: Smash a bug, go to jail — on Courting Liberty

PLF is opposing a radical ESA suit that would brand innocent people as environmental criminals, for accidental harms to federally listed species. WildEarth Guardians claims that innocent mistakes resulting in harm (or “take”) to protected species should result in criminal punishment. … Continue reading

President’s weekly report — October 30, 2015

Obamacare back to the Supreme Court We filed our petition for cert in Sissel v. United States this week, asking the Supreme Court to take the case.  As our blog explains, when Justice Roberts upheld the law because it was … Continue reading

Meet three fine fellows on Courting Liberty

PLF’s College of Public Interest Law (CPIL) welcomes its Class of 2015 — Julio Colomba, Ray Nhan, and Caleb Trotter. In this podcast, hosted by PLF Chief Communications Officer Bob Krauter, these recent law school graduates discuss their background, their … Continue reading

Several amici join PLF’s request that the U.S. Supreme Court review San Jose’s inclusionary zoning ordinance

PLF received seven amicus briefs joining our request that the U.S. Supreme Court grant certiorari in the case, California Building Industry Association v. City of San Jose. As you may recall, PLF’s petition asks the Court to review a California … Continue reading

President’s weekly report — October 9, 2015

WOTUS rule stayed! The 6th Circuit Court of Appeals stayed EPA’s infamous Waters of the United States rule today.  While the court still has yet to decide whether it actually has jurisdiction over the challenges brought to the rule (as … Continue reading

Can government evade property rights protections by stalling?

Yesterday, PLF filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the Second District Court of Appeal in GolfRock, LLC v. Lee County.  This case demonstrates what happens when courts fail to recognize that a  property rights claim is “ripe” (i.e., adequately developed for the … 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