President’s weekly report — January 22, 2016

We’re from the Government and we’re doing you a favor That is essentially the government’s theme in its opening brief in Hawkes v. United States, our wetlands jurisdiction case at the Supreme Court. Our case is all about whether a property … Continue reading

A year of victories for liberty

This weeks Courting Liberty podcast provides a summary of major PLF cases in 2015 for economic liberty, free speech, and property rights. It was certainly a year to remember for PLF, with great successes in courts across the United States … Continue reading

President’s weekly report — December 18, 2015

Victory for contracting rights This week, in DirectTV v. Imburgia, the Supreme Court overturned, again, a California rule limiting freedom of contract.  You can read the decision here. California courts have had an unfortunate habit of throwing out arbitration clauses in contracts, … Continue reading

President’s weekly report — December 4, 2015

Freedom of contract in California at the Supreme Court Competent adults should have the right to enter into contracts with the terms they choose.  And once they enter into such contracts, they should be bound to those terms — even … Continue reading

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 — 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

Florida Supreme Court “splits the baby” in products liability decision

Today, the Florida Supreme Court issued its opinion in Aubin v. Union Carbide, a case that recognizes limits to manufacturers’ liability. William Aubin brought the lawsuit after he contracted mesothelioma in 2008, allegedly from working with asbestos-containing joint compound and … Continue reading

Missed opportunity: California Supreme Court refuses to hear “adjacent liability” case

Yesterday, the California Supreme Court denied the petition for review in Sherman v. Hennessy Industries, in which the California Court of Appeal held that the manufacturer of a safe product can be liable for injuries caused by unsafe products used … Continue reading

President’s weekly report — September 18, 2015

Tort reform — Washington State clouds employment law The Washington Supreme Court issued a trio of decisions expanding exceptions to “at-will” employment, essentially making the tort of wrongful discharge available even in cases where perfectly adequate statutory remedies exist to … Continue reading