PLF comments on caribou downlisting

This week, PLF filed a comment letter on behalf of Bonner County and the Idaho State Snowmobile Association addressing the proposed downlisting of the caribou. The impetus for the Service’s decision was a petition that PLF filed two years ago … 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

Reason Foundation report on PLF’s success challenging FWS’ failure to downlist and delist species

Brian Seasholes of Reason Foundation reports on the proposed downlisting of the tidewater goby. You may recall that the proposal is the result of successful petitions and litigation filed by PLF to challenge the Service’s general refusal to perform ESA-mandated … Continue reading

Petition to delist coastal California gnatcatcher filed

Today, PLF filed a new delisting petition with the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, on behalf of interested property rights groups, requesting that the agency delist the coastal California gnatcatcher under the Endangered Species Act.  PLF argues in the … Continue reading

D.C. Circuit deflates environmentalists’ attempt to create a “public trust” in the air

Last week, the D.C. Circuit issued a short unpublished decision in Alec L. v. EPA, beating back a strange attempt to assert a “public trust” in the air. As previously noted, the case was part of a concerted effort by … Continue reading

PLF files amicus brief in support of water rights

Last year we reported that the Siskiyou County Farm Bureau successfully sued the California Department of Fish and Wildlife over whether the Department has the authority to limit the use of water rights.  The Department subsequently appealed the decision, and today … Continue reading

Pacific Legal Foundation files amicus brief supporting Drakes Bay Oyster Company’s Supreme Court petition

How many Americans own property, or own or work at a business, which relies on a federal permit of some kind? Probably millions. For example, tens of thousands of cattle ranches hold permits to graze on federal land in the … Continue reading

Its always endangered species day

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has declared today “Endangered Species Day.” The irony of dedicating one day on the calendar to species conservation is that every day is endangered species day if you operate an irrigation project; own a farm, … Continue reading

PLF Urges Washington State to Recognize the Viability of Temporary Takings Claims

Earlier this week, PLF attorneys filed an amicus brief urging the Washington Supreme Court to review the takings case, 10 North Washington Ave., LLC v. City of Richland. In 2008, 10 North Washington Ave., LLC (NWA) purchased vacant land from … Continue reading

Video of PLF appearance on Stossel now available

Video of my appearance with PLF client John Duarte on the Stossel program is now available. We discuss the arbitrary nature of the Corps of Engineers action shutting down Duarte Nursery’s wheat farm in rural Northern California, in violation of … Continue reading