Weekly litigation report — June 24, 2017

Supreme Court goes squishy on property rights Free speech includes freedom to insult Free speech means letting high school kids be high school kids Howling at the wolf listing Doing time even if you didn’t know you committed the crime  Washington … Continue reading

West Hollywood punishes developers for building houses

One thing that nearly all Californians agree on is that the price of housing in this state is too high. The relentlessly rising prices are unmistakable evidence of a housing shortage: not enough homes are built to meet the rising … Continue reading

Plan Bay Area argument set for May 31

Next Tuesday, May 31, the California Court of Appeal will hear argument over the legality of Plan Bay Area — the plan to restrict future development in all but a tiny fraction of the already incredibly expensive Bay Area. The … Continue reading

Stopping development for cheaper condemnation later is a taking

The Fifth Amendment requires the government to compensate a property owner when it takes property from a private landowner. To get around the requirement of paying “just compensation,” government entities often get creative. One trick is to depress property values … Continue reading

Atlantic Center files lawsuit on behalf of Flash Beach Grille

Last week, my Pacific Legal Foundation Atlantic Center colleague, Christina Martin, blogged about the PLF Atlantic Center’s new lawsuit against Martin County, Florida.  Pacific Legal has asked the state circuit court to declare that Martin County’s government is illegally prohibiting its clients, Robert … Continue reading

PLF attorney to present at Montana property rights conference

The Montana Property Rights Conference will take place next week, on August 14 and August 15, at the Northern Hotel in Billings, Montana.  As a keynote speaker, I will open the conference at 1:00 p.m. with a discussion of environmental … Continue reading

City spurns Coastal Commission’s lobbying efforts for more funding

On Tuesday, the city council of Newport Beach (California) voted against a resolution supporting additional state funding for the California Coastal Commission.  The Commission—which regulates coastal property owners’ use of their lands with an iron fist—has for years been complaining about its lack … Continue reading