PLF Statement on Koontz v. St. Johns River Water Management District Victory

Sacramento, CA; June 25, 2013:  The U.S. Supreme Court today handed a victory to all property owners by ruling in favor of Pacific Legal Foundation’s client, Coy Koontz Jr., in his constitutional challenge to the heavy, unjustified demands that his … Continue reading

Did the government push too far in Koontz?

With all of the talk about last week’s oral argument in Koontz v. St. John’s River Water Management District, there has been surprisingly little said about the radical position taken by the state and federal governments.  As discussed here and … Continue reading

Koontz oral argument: Pacific Legal Foundation’s legacy of Supreme Court success

Post coauthored by Lana Harfoush, Christina Martin and Jonathan Wood The countdown is over!  Today Paul J. Beard II argued Pacific Legal Foundation’s Koontz case before the United States Supreme Court.  Koontz is a monumental case for PLF and property owners nationwide, … Continue reading

Koontz oral argument: what do state and local governments think the Takings Clause protects?

In Koontz, governments across the country argue that the Takings Clause only applies to real property and not to demands for money.  But that argument can’t be squared with the text of the Takings Clause which reads: nor shall private … Continue reading

Koontz oral argument: the Takings Clause protects “private property,” not just real property

Is money a kind of private property?  In PLF’s Koontz case, which attorney Paul Beard II will argue at the U.S. Supreme Court on the 15th, one significant issue is whether the Supreme Court’s previous decisions  in Nollan and Dolan … Continue reading

Koontz blog round up

Last week, I wrote about the broad support that our client in Koontz v. St. John’s River water Management District received from landowners, developers, industry associations, legal scholars, land use attorneys, and think tanks from across the nation. Since then, two … Continue reading

Local news covers Koontz’s property rights battle

Fox News in Orlando ran this story about our U.S. Supreme Court case, Koontz v. St. John’s River Water Management District. The reporter provides one of the best summaries of the case I have heard:  the district said, before you can use … Continue reading

Koontz receives broad support in his fight to protect property rights

Last month, I explained how the U.S. Supreme Court case, Koontz v. St. John’s River Water Management District, has the potential to affect every property owner across the nation. As it turns out, people were listening. Yesterday, our client, Coy … Continue reading