Refusing to regulate water use through the endangered species act does not mean water use is unregulated

Last week I commented on the Fifth Circuit’s favorable decision in The Aransas Project v. Shaw.  An interested reader (who also appears to be a member of the plaintiff organization in the Aransas case) posted a reply of sorts, asserting … Continue reading

Mixed week for liberty in the taxi industry

Congratulations to our friends at the Institute for Justice who, due to a legal victory last year, saw Milwaukee eliminate its cap on the number of taxi licenses available. As Reason reports, this has an incredibly significant impact on the … Continue reading

PLF files retaliatory prosecution claim against Army Corps of Engineers on behalf of Duarte Nursery

Its been several weeks since we provided an update on Duarte Nursery’s due process challenge against the US Army Corps of Engineers. Readers will recall that the court denied the Army Corps’s motion to dismiss. Since then, the Corps has … Continue reading

New video featuring PLF client Troy Castillo

Troy Castillo, a former sergeant and police detective, just wants to work in Nevada.  With his years of experience at the Palm Springs, California, police department, he’s obviously well-qualified to work as a private investigator in the Silver State.  And … Continue reading

A California arbitration decision stands

The California Supreme Court gained a little ground today in its perpetual tug-of-war with the United States Supreme Court over the enforcement of contracts containing arbitration provisions. The California court doesn’t like arbitration and creatively finds all sorts of reasons … Continue reading

Coastal Commission bill garners criticism

Last year the California Coastal Commission suffered a major legislative defeat when AB 976—which would have given the Commission broad authority to levy administrative penalties without having first to go to court to prove a violation—failed to pass.  We’ve also … Continue reading

Due process does not end with class action certification

Today, in Duran v. U.S. National Bank, the California Supreme Court issued a ringing endorsement of the due process right to mount a defense in a class action lawsuit.  The case involved a wage and hour class action under California’s … Continue reading

Pacific Legal Foundation files amicus brief supporting Drakes Bay Oyster Company’s Supreme Court petition

How many Americans own property, or own or work at a business, which relies on a federal permit of some kind? Probably millions. For example, tens of thousands of cattle ranches hold permits to graze on federal land in the … Continue reading

Video of PLF appearance on Stossel now available

Video of my appearance with PLF client John Duarte on the Stossel program is now available. We discuss the arbitrary nature of the Corps of Engineers action shutting down Duarte Nursery’s wheat farm in rural Northern California, in violation of … Continue reading

Stossel Show featuring PLF client John Duarte to re-air Saturday, April 19, 7 p.m. Pacific on Fox News Channel

Last night I appeared with client John Duarte on the Stossel Show with John Stossel, discussing our case against the Corps of Engineers for violating Duarte Nursery‘s due process rights.  The show will re-air tomorrow night, April 19, at 10 … Continue reading