President’s weekly report — October 3, 2014

United States Supreme Court — Cert petitions We’ve filed three petitions for writ of certiorari to the United States Supreme Court this week in three very important cases, each of which could contribute substantially to individual freedom if granted. First … Continue reading

PLF asks SCOTUS to weigh in on Delta smelt water cutbacks

Today, PLF attorneys submitted to the United States Supreme Court a petition for certiorari, asking the high court to review the Ninth Circuit’s decision upholding the legality of the San Joaquin Valley/Southern California water cutbacks imposed by the US Fish … Continue reading

A new approach to species protection

Laws can worsen the problem they aim to fix. For example, in colonial India, the British government placed a bounty on cobras to rid Delhi of a snake infestation. When entrepreneurs began to breed cobras to cash in on the … Continue reading

PLF appeals sea otter dismissal

PLF has filed its opening brief in the Ninth Circuit challenging the dismissal of a challenge brought by Southern California fishermen against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s decision to violate federal law by terminating protections for them and their fishery guaranteed … Continue reading

President’s weekly report — September 19, 2014

Contract rights — adverse New Mexico decision The New Mexico Supreme Court issued this adverse decision in First Baptist Church of Roswell v. Yates Petroleum.  Here, the church entered into a standard contract with Yates, which specified that until the … Continue reading

President’s weekly report — September 12, 2014

Environment — When is a wetland not federally controlled? We filed this complaint this week in Universal Welding v. United States Army Corps of Engineers.  The Corps is asserting jurisdiction over some of Universal’s low-value wetlands in North Pole, Alaska, just … Continue reading

Another common sense decision against “take by permit” under the ESA

We recently reported on the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision in The Aransas Project v. Shaw, which held that the Texas Department of Environmental Quality had not committed illegal take of endangered whooping cranes by issuing permits for diversion … Continue reading

Holding the government accountable: 5-year reviews in the Endangered Species Act

Time after time, the federal government refuses to follow the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The government designates land as “critical habitat” despite not meeting the ESA definition for critical habitat. And in another example, the government refuses to remove plants … Continue reading