Cost of violating property rights

Yesterday, the Daytona Beach News-Journal ran my op-ed about the St. Johns River Water Management District’s attempt to take Coy Koontz’s property by way of an extortionate permit demand.  The article relates a troubling conversation that occurred in the course of … Continue reading

President’s weekly report — March 25, 2016

Property Rights — Coy Koontz gets paid!!!!  In the “you can’t get something for nothing” category, the St. Johns Water Management District finally paid the Coy Koontz estate $602,000 for the temporary taking of the Koontz property. While it was … Continue reading

After 22 years, government compensates PLF client for taking use of property

This week, after 22 years of litigation, the St. Johns River Water Management District finally paid the Koontz family for taking the use of Coy Koontz’s property. This case began in 1994, when the St. Johns River Water Management District … Continue reading

Supreme Court denies review of San Jose affordable housing case

This morning, the Supreme Court denied review in the legislative exactions case, California Building Industry Association v. City of San Jose (more about the case here). Although the decision ends the Association’s facial challenge to a city ordinance requiring new … Continue reading

President’s weekly report — February 19, 2016

Florida Supreme Court denies government’s attempt to rehear case After we won our tremendous Supreme Court victory in Koontz v. St. Johns Water Management District in 2013, the Court sent the case back to the Florida courts. There, the district attempted to … Continue reading

Affordable housing scheme before U.S. Supreme Court

San Jose’s costly affordable housing scheme is now pending on a certiorari petition with the U.S. Supreme Court in the case, California Building Industry Association v. City of San Jose. As you may recall, in order to address the ever … Continue reading

Several amici join PLF’s request that the U.S. Supreme Court review San Jose’s inclusionary zoning ordinance

PLF received seven amicus briefs joining our request that the U.S. Supreme Court grant certiorari in the case, California Building Industry Association v. City of San Jose. As you may recall, PLF’s petition asks the Court to review a California … Continue reading

Made a deal with the devil? Deal with it.

There’s an interesting issue lurking in PLF’s petition for review in Common Sense Alliance v. Growth Management Hearings Board: Is a conservation buffer an interest in real property? Briefly about the case: Common Sense Alliance involves a challenge to San … Continue reading

PLF attorneys ask Washington Supreme Court to protect property owners from San Juan County land grab

Washington’s “growth management” approach to regulating land-use adjacent to environmentally sensitive areas relies almost exclusively on presumptions and generalizations—demanding that landowners dedicate oversized buffers based on assumed impacts rather than any actual determination that a proposed development will or will … Continue reading

No, there is no “legislative exaction” exception to the unconstitutional conditions doctrine

Today, PLF attorneys filed a petition for a writ of certiorari with the U.S. Supreme Court in the case, California Building Industry Association v. City of San Jose. The petition asks the Court to review a California Supreme Court decision … Continue reading