PLF asks Louisiana Supreme Court to enforce constitutional limits on the exercise of eminent domain

The government’s authority to take private property without the owner’s consent is a terrible and awesome power. Aware of this, the nation’s founders placed two key restrictions on its exercise: that government shall not take property unless it is for a valid … Continue reading

PLF asks Louisiana Supreme Court to curtail eminent domain abuse

Eminent domain—the sovereign’s authority to take private property without the owner’s consent—is a terrible and awesome power, which is why the nation’s founders placed two key restrictions on its exercise: that government shall not take property unless it is for … Continue reading

City responds to PLF’s CA Supreme Court amicus brief in City of Perris v. Stamper

Recently we received a response to our amicus brief, filed in City of Perris v. Stamper, a case pending before the California Supreme Court. The National Federal of Independent Business joined us on the brief, which argued that cities can’t avoid … Continue reading

Should a city be able to use legislative tricks to acquire land cheaply?

The Constitution requires the government to pay just compensation when it seizes private property for public use. However, if the City of Perris has its way, cities will be allowed to pay less than fair market value for private property they … Continue reading

The blight of redevelopment

Last week, PLF filed an amicus curiae letter in the California Supreme Court, asking it to grant the Community Youth Athletic Center’s (CYAC) petition for review of an abusive scheme to transfer its private property to a developer for its … Continue reading

The specter of eminent domain strikes again

As my colleague, Principal Attorney Timothy Sandefur wrote earlier this week, various groups and politicians within California are pushing to give government more generous (read evil) eminent domain powers.  And lest you think this issue is merely a matter of esoteric … Continue reading

President’s report — December 20, 2013

Obamacare — Origination Clause Challenge We filed this reply brief in Sissel v. Sibelius, our challenge to Obamacare based on the failure of the revenue-raising measure to originate in the House of Representatives, as required by the Constitution’s Origination Clause.  The … Continue reading

President’s weekly update — June 21, 2013

Individual Rights — Equality Under the Law Project The Supreme Court granted cert this week in the long-anticipated Township of Mount Holly v. Mount Holly Gardens Citizens in Action. We filed this amicus brief in favor of the petition (but … 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