PLF files response brief in Coastal Commission case

On Friday, we filed our Respondents Brief in the California Court of Appeal (4th District) in Lynch v. California Coastal Commission. … 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

Oral argument in Coastal Commission appeal tomorrow, in Ventura

Tomorrow, I will argue SDS Family Trust v. California Coastal Commission in the California Court of Appeal, in Ventura, at 1:30 p.m.  This case challenges the constitutionality of a public-access easement that the California Coastal Commission seeks to exact from a … Continue reading

PLF to highlight abuses by coastal land-use agencies

Backed by the politically powerful interests of those who want (uncompensated) beach access and undeveloped shorelines, coastal land-use agencies have exercised ever-increasing power over property owners in their jurisdictions. As I explain in … Continue reading

PLF petitions california supeme court to review city’s $122,000 per home ‘fee’

This week, PLF filed a petition in the California Supreme Court on behalf of the California Building Industry Association.  The petition asks the Court to review CBIA v. City of San Jose, a very ominous lower court decision that could … Continue reading

A summary of the Koontz decision

As reported earlier, the United States Supreme Court handed property owners across the country a major victory in Koontz v. St. Johns River Water Management District.  The decision’s positive impact on individuals who seek to make use of their properties—e.g., landowners, … Continue reading

Government permit conditions? “Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain!”

Yesterday, PLF’s Litigation Director Jim Burling debated Richard Grosso of Nova Southeastern University about property rights and case pending before the U.S. Supreme Court, Koontz v. St. Johns River Water Management District. In that case, Coy Koontz applied for a … Continue reading

Koontz oral argument: Should Nollan and Dolan apply only to “stupid districts”?

Tuesday, the United States Supreme Court heard Koontz v. St. Johns River Water Management District, argued by PLF attorney Paul Beard. A local government agency denied Coy Koontz a building permit because he refused to agree to unreasonable permit conditions. … Continue reading