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

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

Appellate court ruling blesses extortionate land-use practices

Yesterday, the California First District Court of Appeal ruled against us in Powell v. County of Humboldt.  This is the case challenging the County of Humboldt’s requirement that our clients, Scott and Lynn Powell, dedicate a public airspace easement above … Continue reading

Continuing the fight in Humboldt County

  As reported, PLF represents Humboldt County residents Scott and Lynn Powell in their fight against government extortion.  The County of Humboldt demands that the Powells obtain a building permit to bring some covered porches on their mobile home up … Continue reading

VICTORY! California Coastal Commission “checks out,” scales back its demands on the Marshall Tavern renovation

Yesterday, the California Coastal Commission voted to amend the permit to renovate the Marshall Tavern, reducing project-killing conditions that had no connection to the renovation plan.  PLF is representing the owners of Marshall Tavern, Daniel Altman and Avi Atid, in … Continue reading

Fighting for freedom in Humboldt County

Can the government force you to give up an interest in your real property in exchange for a building permit?  That is the question PLF is litigating on behalf of property owners Scott and Lynn Powell in the California First … Continue reading

PLF is defending property rights from the California Coastal Commission … again

Today, PLF filed a lawsuit in Marin County Superior Court asking that the court invalidate three burdensome and unreasonable permit conditions that the California Coastal Commission imposed on property owners in violation of the Constitution. In this case, Daniel Altman … Continue reading

20 years of Pacific Northwest victories: the enduring impact of the HEAL decision

One way that PLF can assure that its property rights victories have a long-lasting impact is to “connect the dots” between past cases and current controversies.  A good example is the Washington Court of Appeals’ 1999 decision in Honesty In … Continue reading

Skewed statistics and the California Coastal Commission

The California Coastal Commission is known as being exceptionally antagonistic toward private property rights, an attitude embodied in the Commission’s late executive director Peter Douglas.  Charles Lester, Douglas’s successor, recently spoke in Humboldt County before a large audience of government … Continue reading

Court allows PLF case against Coastal Commission to go forward

Author: Paul J. Beard II Earlier this month, the San Luis Obispo Superior Court delivered a nice win to PLF client, SDS Family Trust, in its fight against the California Coastal Commission. The Family is suing the Commission for extorting … Continue reading