Florida city unconstitutionally authorizes public trespassing

In recent years, many local and state governments have used crafty methods to take access to private beaches without first paying for the right. Governments have imposed easements on private land, declared private land public, declared a right of custom … Continue reading

PLF’s challenge to warrantless searches highlighted in Long Beach Business Journal

Earlier this month, the Long Beach Business Journal published an article expressing concerns about mandatory property inspections.  Although both tenants and landlords complain about the rental inspection process, the article states that “Long Beach has not faced practices that go against … Continue reading

PLF’s warrantless inspection case garners significant media attention

Yesterday, PLF launched a major civil rights case challenging an unconstitutional warrantless inspection scheme in Highland, California.  As noted in our complaint, the City is telling our client, property owner Karl Trautwein, that he will no longer be able to rent out his … Continue reading

PLF sues Highland for warrantless snooping on rental property

The City of Highland is violating fundamental constitutional rights by trying to coerce landlords and tenants into surrendering their freedom from unjustified, warrantless government intrusion on their property. So argues a new federal lawsuit against the city.  It challenges the … Continue reading

Supplemental briefing in challenge to Union Access Rule

In Cedar Point Nursery v. Gould, PLF attorneys challenge the California Agricultural Labor Relations Board’s Union Access Rule.  Pursuant to this rule, unions can gain access to employers’ property, without their consent, to proselytize employees about the “benefits” of union … Continue reading

Victory: Judge throws out garbage snooping law

Today, Judge Beth Andrus ruled that Seattle cannot hunt through its residents’ garbage in search of prohibited food waste. Our lawsuit, Bonesteel v. City of Seattle, challenged a Seattle law that says garbage collectors must search through trash cans along their … Continue reading

The slop sleuths of Seattle

Our lawsuit against Seattle’s illegal surveillance program received more national media attention yesterday (click here). Seattle bureaucrats monitor everyone’s trash cans to make sure no one throws out food. Government shouldn’t meddle in the minutia of our everyday lives. And it should honor our privacy. For more … Continue reading

Dictators of the dump

What do a bureaucrat, an identity thief, and a street bum have in common? They all want to pick through your rubbish. Seattle recently announced that it will fine individuals and businesses whenever compostable material accounts for over ten percent of their waste. Trash collectors will inspect bins and … Continue reading