Weekly litigation report — January 14, 2017

Supreme Court grants cert in WOTUS rule case Supreme Court grants review in freedom of contract case Economic liberty case argued at Oregon Supreme Court Warning over manatee listing Brief filed in mobile home park extortion case Non-native wolves are … Continue reading

CCC tries to conveniently forget Supreme Court precedent

According to the California Coastal Commission staff, any permit where public access has not been granted can be automatically appealed on the grounds that California likes public access. A standard that weak is no standard at all, and certainly not … Continue reading

CCC levies a $4.2m fine for blocking nonexistent staircase

  Dear Californians, this is your California Coastal Commission: willing to fine property owners over four MILLION dollars for blocking “public access” that doesn’t exist. Even to those who have spent years following (and fighting) the Coastal Commission’s brazen overreaching, … Continue reading

Marin County and the California Coastal Commission overreaching with Local Coastal Program amendments

The voluntary preservation of agricultural lands is a noble goal. Forcing landowners into government-run conservation efforts against their will, however, is something else entirely. And a desire to conserve pastoral farmland doesn’t excuse government from following the laws and constitutions … Continue reading

Weekly litigation report — August 27, 2016

Victory over the Coastal Commission Unreasonable EPA denial of road permit Property Rights in Washington State Brief filed in Alaskan wetlands case Court asks government to respond in frog case California Supreme Court says no to miners Victory over the … Continue reading

The trial court wasn’t interested, but maybe you’ll be

Last week, the San Diego Superior Court denied PLF’s request to submit an amicus brief on behalf of the San Diego Port Tenants Association in San Diego Unified Port District v. California Coastal Commission.*  The case concerns the Port’s challenge to the … Continue reading

President’s weekly report — March 4, 2016

Hawkes: 16 – 0 We received sixteen briefs in support of our client, the Hawkes Company, and none in support of the government in Corps of Engineers v. Hawkes. From 29 states to farmers and think tanks, there is widespread … Continue reading

Commission Creep: Under rule of dysfunctional coastal agency, every act is illegal “development”

So this is where the California Coastal Commission experiment ends:  if you put a lock on a gate, paint a billboard, say mean things at a surf break, try to keep trespassers off your coastal land, or move a cow into … Continue reading

Controversy over the Coastal Commission’s executive director

Tomorrow, the California Coastal Commission will consider whether to dismiss Charles Lester as the agency’s executive director.  Not surprisingly, the environmental community has come out strongly in favor of Dr. Lester’s retention.  Its defense has consisted principally in the contention … Continue reading