Oral argument in Texas premises liability case

Today, the Texas Supreme Court held oral argument in UDR Texas Properties, L.P. v. Petrie. Unfortunately, Justice Willett did not ask any questions. Nevertheless, at issue in the case is whether a Houston apartment complex can be held liable for failing … Continue reading

Weekly litigation report — September 2, 2016

School choice in Montana Endangered species — gnatcatcher petition rejected Tort reform and warning overreach POTUS’s WOTUS to the SCOTUS School choice in Montana We filed our opening brief in Armstrong v. Kadas in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. … Continue reading

Is a halfway house liable for a former resident’s crimes?

Sean Velentzas resided at Queens Village Committee for Mental Health for Jamaica Community Adolescent Program as an alternative to incarceration. He violated the facility’s rules by drinking alcohol and assaulting another resident. Queens Village told him that, as a consequence, … 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 24, 2015

Equality under the law project — loss at the Supreme Court San Francisco still trying to use landlords as ATMs California Department of Forestry malfeasance California Supreme Court allows questionable tort claim to move forward Equality under the law project … Continue reading

California Supreme Court’s narrow ruling on the component parts doctrine

Flavio Ramos worked as a mold maker, machine operator, and laborer for Supreme Casting & Pattern, Inc., which manufactured metal parts through “a foundry and fabrication process,” from 1972 to 2009. During this time, the industrial processing of raw materials … 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

President’s weekly report — May 27, 2016

PLF testifies before Senate Subcommittee PLF’s Damien Schiff testified before the Senate Subcommittee on Fisheries, Water, and Wildlife concerning agency abuses of private property owners under the Clean Water Act.  (PLF’s testimony begins at minute 26:25 here).  We focused on a number of … Continue reading