Will one of the Supreme Court’s worst decisions finally be overruled?

In 1944, the Supreme Court — in one of its most widely-condemned decisions — shamefully upheld the constitutionality of the internment of Japanese-Americans across the West Coast. It did so paying lip service to the Constitution’s deep distrust of government … Continue reading

What does it mean to have a “right to clean air, pure water, and to the preservation of the natural, scenic, historic and esthetic values of the environment”?

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court recently had to address that question to determine whether the state’s law encouraging oil and gas drilling violated the state constitution’s “Environmental Rights Amendment.” That amendment declares: The people have a right to clean air, pure … Continue reading

Of Jerry Brown and Santa Claus

It appears to be PLF week at the San Diego Union Tribune.  Today the paper published this OpEd by PLF attorneys Harold Johnson and yours truly.  The piece discusses PLF’s pending challenge to San Jose’s affordable housing exactions in the … Continue reading

Dear Santa, All PLF wants for Christmas is…

To help you get in the holiday spirit, check out PLF’s Christmas wish list. And while you’re at it, share it with your friends! Click here for a larger version. To learn more, check out our Bruner, Koontz, and Sissel … Continue reading

PLF files opening brief against housing exactions in California Supreme Court

In July of this year, PLF petitioned the California Supreme Court to review a lower court opinion allowing the City of San Jose to essentially takeover 15% of all new homes as units for the city’s affordable housing program.  In … Continue reading

Inconsistent language = inconsistent justice

Earlier this week, I put the finishing touches on an article discussing the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Arkansas Game & Fish Commission v. United States. As you may recall, the case began when the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, … Continue reading

California legislature sending help to farmers . . . by taking their property rights

California Assembly Bill 823 will be heard next Monday in the state Assembly’s Natural Resources Committee.  Since the bill will impose unconstitutional exactions on many if not all farmland development projects in California, PLF sent this letter to the author … Continue reading

Put down the legislation, and step away from the property rights

When I posted about supporting farming on AgDay this week, I was thinking about the importance of protecting farmers’ property rights.  And maybe that legislatures should act to reduce the regulatory burdens farmers face.  On the other hand, some members … Continue reading

PLF asks Supreme Court to protect western water rights

Last week, PLF attorneys filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in support of the estates of Nevada ranchers, E. Wayne and Jane Hage. The Hages, and their children, have been fighting for over twenty years to preserve … Continue reading