President’s weekly report — July 11, 2014

Government Overreach and Overcharging — Fishing for Prison Time PLF, on behalf of itself and several commercial fishing organizations across the United States, filed this amicus brief at the United States Supreme Court this week in Yates v. United States.  This is … Continue reading

Has the California Coastal Commission read Koontz?

Evidently not.  This week the Commission is meeting in Ventura, California, and one of the items it’s considering is a request from the City of Ventura to change the zoning on a few undeveloped coastal parcels, to accommodate a possible … Continue reading

Washington trial court fumbles the ball in a post-Koontz case

Since the U.S. Supreme Court decided Koontz v. St. Johns River Water Management District last year, I have been on a speaking tour with a prominent government attorney, discussing the case’s impact on Washington law. One important point on which … Continue reading

President’s weekly report — June 20, 2014

Property Rights — Koontz in Florida After our tremendous victory in Koontz v. St. John’s Water Management District, the United States Supreme Court sent the case back to the Florida courts.  The District is now attempting to reopen settled matters that … Continue reading

Heard through the grapevine: Ninth Circuit holds Koontz allows government price controls

Last week, the Ninth Circuit decided the remand of Horne v. USDA, the raisin case that the Supreme Court overturned last term. The case previously drew attention for what it had to say about Williamson County — the case that … 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

President’s weekly report — January 17, 2014

Property Rights — United States Supreme Court The Supreme Court heard oral argument this week in Brandt v. United States, a case in which the United States is trying to argue that abandoned railroad easements are not, in fact, easements.  … Continue reading