Long-awaited Clean Water Act rule published

The final rule redefining “waters of the United States,” subject to federal control under the Clean Water Act, was published today in the Federal Register.  According to the rule, it will become effective on August 28, 2015, and will be … Continue reading

President’s weekly report — June 26, 2015

The physical invasion of the raisin snatchers — a property rights victory at the Supreme Court  In a week marked by several major Supreme Court decisions that were quite disappointing to advocates of limited government and the rule of law, there was one … Continue reading

L.A. Daily Journal runs PLF Op-Ed on the Horne Decision

Today, the L.A. Daily Journal ran an op-ed written by PLF attorneys Brian T. Hodges and Christopher Kieser on the Supreme Court’s takings decision in the raisin case, Horne v. Department of Agriculture. [update: the link to the article has been … Continue reading

President’s weekly report — June 19, 2015

Bad news on property rights from the California Supreme Court To celebrate the Magna Carta’s 800th birthday, the California Supreme Court issued this unanimous and depressing opinion on the state of property rights in California.  California Building Industry Association v. … Continue reading

Clean Water Act jurisdiction – an update

We have already noted here and here that the Corps and EPA have settled on a final version of their new rule drastically redefining “waters of the United States” subject to federal control throughout the Country.  That rule should be … Continue reading

President’s weekly report — June 5, 2015

 Lawsuit abuse — Filing without injury PLF filed this letter brief asking the California Supreme Court to review of Animal Legal Defense Fund v. LT Napa Partners—which PLF asked the Supreme Court to overturn an Unfair Competition Law (UCL) case that threatens … Continue reading

Why America’s farmers are alarmed about expanding WOTUS

It would be hard to miss the fact that last week, the EPA and Corps of Engineers announced a vast and illegal expansion of their asserted authority over private property under the Clean Water Act. In light of news that part of the … Continue reading

Appellate court to hear constitutional challenge to ESA

On June 2, we will be holding a D.C. event to discuss with lawmakers and others our landmark PETPO case that is now pending in the Tenth Circuit after a Utah District Court held that federal regulation of local prairie … Continue reading

Lawless Administration adopts deceptive Clean Water Act Rule

Today, the Corps of Engineers and Environmental Protection Agency issued their final rule defining “waters of the United States” subject to federal control under the Clean Water Act.  The EPA web page is here, but don’t believe everything you read.  … Continue reading

Endangered Species Day is for protecting species, not federal control

May 15 was Endangered Species Day. For some farmers, ranchers, and other property owners who can’t develop or use their land in a productive manner because of federal dictates, every day is devoted, unwillingly or not, to endangered species. As … Continue reading