Michigan exploiting property owners’ hardships to enrich government

This week, PLF filed a petition asking the full Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals to rehear the takings case of Wayside Church, Henderson Hodgens, and Myron Stahl. All three lost their property to Van Buren County after they fell behind … Continue reading

Another unconstitutional takings case on its way to the Florida Supreme Court

Pacific Legal Foundation reviews hundreds of regulatory takings cases a year. Often we cannot take a case, for any number of reasons, even though the facts call out for justice. But, sometimes the brazenness of a local government’s land grab so shocks … Continue reading

Michigan county confiscates private property over $8 in late taxes

Does the Constitution protect you from the government taking your equity in your home, land, or business? That’s the question Andrew Ohanessian and Rafaeli,LLC are asking the Michigan Court of Appeals in Rafaeli v. Oakland County. Rafaeli owed the County … Continue reading

The right to a jury trial against the federal government

Kevin Brott wants a jury trial for his Fifth Amendment claim to just compensation. The federal government converted a portion of Brott’s property into a public trail. He wants a jury to gauge compensation rather than a judge who works for his … Continue reading

Challenge to Washington, D.C.’s tax scheme moves forward

This week, in Coleman v. District of Columbia, a federal district court held that the plaintiffs have grounds to bring their Fifth Amendment challenge to the District of Columbia’s taking of their property under its former tax-foreclosure scheme. Liberty Blog readers may recall … Continue reading

Federal court rules that plowing without an Army Corps permit violates Clean Water Act

Last Friday we received a disappointing decision in Duarte Nursery v. Army Corps of Engineers. The court ruled that the company violated the Clean Water Act by plowing its property, even though the Act exempts normal farming practices. And, the … Continue reading

Michigan counties confiscating property rights

In Michigan, when landowners fail to pay their property taxes, local governments take the property, sell it, and keep all the profits—no matter how small the debt or how valuable the property. As a result, local governments are profiting handsomely … Continue reading

DC doubling down on dispossessed catches attention of the Washington Post

Late last week the Washington Post published an article by Todd Gaziano of our DC office and me, called D.C. doubles down on the dispossessed. We wrote about Benjamin Coleman and other dispossessed homeowners’ class-action lawsuit against the District of Columbia. … Continue reading

PLF Atlantic Center files brief with North Carolina Supreme Court in takings case

The Pacific Legal Foundation and the Civitas Institute Center for Law and Freedom (CLF)* together filed an amicus brief in an important takings case in the North Carolina Supreme Court today. The facts of the case are straightforward, as we explain … Continue reading