PLF attorney to present at Montana property rights conference

The Montana Property Rights Conference will take place next week, on August 14 and August 15, at the Northern Hotel in Billings, Montana.  As a keynote speaker, I will open the conference at 1:00 p.m. with a discussion of environmental … Continue reading

PLF client gets friend of the court support from National Homebuilders in affordable housing case

PLF recently filed its opening brief and reply brief in the California Supreme Court on behalf of the California Building Industry Association, which is challenging the constitutionality of the City of San Jose’s regime of affordable housing exactions. An affordable housing … Continue reading

Florida: Koontz spurs possible legislative fix to extortion

As our Managing Attorney for Hawaii, Robert Thomas, reports, a bill (HR 1077) is making its way through the Florida Legislature that would prohibit local governments from imposing any kind of exaction (including monetary ones) on land-use permit applicants, unless … 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

PLF op-ed in Tampa Tribune opposes unconstitutional taking of permit applicants’ land

In June, PLF won Koontz v. St. Johns River Water Management District, a U.S. Supreme Court case that explained that government cannot use its power over issuing permits to shake down permit applicants. Yet a Florida county is doing just … Continue reading

California supreme court: affordable housing mandates are exactions

Yesterday the California Supreme Court decided an important case in the field of exactions law, Sterling Park v. City of Palo Alto.  The issue in the case was in a sense rather mundane: what is the deadline for filing suit … Continue reading

President’s weekly report — August 30, 2013

Environment & Taxes — A.B. 32 “cap and trade” hearing A hearing was held on Wednesday in Morningstar Packing Co. v. California Air Resources Board, our challenge to California’s “cap and trade” auction of emissions credits for carbon dioxide.  We are arguing … Continue reading

A summary of the Koontz decision

As reported earlier, the United States Supreme Court handed property owners across the country a major victory in Koontz v. St. Johns River Water Management District.  The decision’s positive impact on individuals who seek to make use of their properties—e.g., landowners, … Continue reading