PLF’s Wen Fa speaks to the Conservative Republicans of San Joaquin County

Last week, I had the pleasure of speaking to the Conservative Republicans of San Joaquin County. I discussed PLF’s latest efforts to protect the First Amendment rights of voters nationwide, something you’ll hear much more about next week. The speech … Continue reading

Yes, the Constitution even protects communists

Naively, I thought that was obvious. But apparently I was wrong. In California, government employees may be fired solely because they are a member of the Communist Party. What if they’re great at their job? Doesn’t matter. What if their … Continue reading

Weekly litigation update — May 13, 2017

PLF fights for booksellers’ First Amendment rights On Thursday, PLF filed a major civil rights lawsuit on behalf of Book Passage, a bookstore in the Bay Area. The lawsuit challenges a California statute that requires businesses that sell signed items … Continue reading

California threatens to shut down book signings and therefore small booksellers

Today we filed this First Amendment lawsuit on behalf of beloved Bay Area bookstore Book Passage, and its co-owner, Bill Petrocelli. Book Passage is a hub of literary activity and free expression.  In addition to selling books, it hosts over 700 … Continue reading

Can a city threaten to remove police protection from you for voting to repeal a tax?

Police protection and other city services in California are funded in part by property taxes. But in a state where public employee salaries and pensions are hard to keep up with, some cities can’t live within the means which property … Continue reading

Country-of-origin-labeling bill fails in South Dakota Senate

On Friday, the South Dakota Senate rejected SB 135, a country-of-origin-labeling bill that raised significant First Amendment concerns. The bill would have compelled South Dakota grocers to disclose the country-of-origin of beef sold in stores across the state. Labeling requirements of this sort come with … Continue reading

Supreme Court won’t consider exclusive representation laws . . . for now

The Supreme Court often prefers that issues “percolate” in the lower courts for some time so that Circuit court and state supreme court judges have an opportunity to address all facets and implications of the arguments prior to high court … Continue reading

California can’t stifle open-shop speech just because it doesn’t like the content

Today we filed our notice of appeal to the Ninth Circuit on behalf of Associated Builders & Contractors of California Cooperation Committee (ABC-CCC).  ABC-CCC is an organization that advocates on behalf of the “open-shop” industry—that is, on behalf of entities … Continue reading

Weekly litigation report — February 18, 2017

Absent Gopher Frog headed to Supreme Court The Fifth Circuit in an 8 to 6 decision declined to rehear the case of the frog that isn’t there, Markle Investments v. United States Fish & Wildlife Service. The problem in this … Continue reading