Shall no person be deprived of life, liberty, or property without due process of law?

The Fourteenth Amendment’s mandate that local governments shall not “deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law” is probably one of the best-known provisions of the U.S. Constitution. That guarantee is fundamental to our concept … Continue reading

The erosion of traditional fair play

Charlie Brown always fell for Lucy’s trick of whipping the football away just as he approached for a kick. One Thanksgiving, Charlie Brown hesitated, but Lucy insisted that football was a Thanksgiving tradition. As Charlie Brown lay on his back after being duped … Continue reading

PLF files amicus brief in the Oswego Lake public access lawsuit

Today, PLF attorneys filed an amicus brief with the Oregon Court of Appeals in Kramer v. City of Lake Oswego—a case in which two public access activists argue that the “public trust doctrine” should be extended to create easements across … Continue reading

What are people saying about PLF’s prairie dog win?

PLF’s big win last week on behalf of People for the Ethical Treatment of Property Owners, striking down an unconstitutional federal regulation that had devastating effects on a community—all to protect the Utah prairie dog—continues to garner media attention. Last … Continue reading

PLF’s Jonathan Wood on Fox and Friends tomorrow, discussing prairie dog decision

Tomorrow morning, I’ll be on Fox and Friends discussing PLF and PETPO‘s victory over the federal government’s unconstitutional regulation of private property to protect the Utah prairie dog. The segment will air at 7:50 am EST. UPDATE: This post has … Continue reading

Victory: PLF and People for the Ethical Treatment of Property Owners defeat unconstitutional Endangered Species Act regulation

For the first time, a federal court has struck down federal regulation of a species under the Endangered Species Act, holding that the Constitution doesn’t give the federal government limitless powers. People for the Ethical Treatment of Property Owners members are … Continue reading

Should abstract justice displace contract law?

The Texas Supreme Court is currently considering one of the most important contract cases in recent years. In Plains v. Torch (our shortened name, for the sake of convenience), two oil companies dispute the rightful owner of a 43 million … Continue reading

Why the Colbert Report is wrong about friend-of-the-court briefs

Various news and entertainment outlets have questioned the usefulness of friend-of-the-court briefs (also known as amicus briefs) at the Supreme Court. Both the New York Times and the Colbert Report recently endorsed a law professor’s article questioning the validity of … Continue reading

A new approach to species protection

Laws can worsen the problem they aim to fix. For example, in colonial India, the British government placed a bounty on cobras to rid Delhi of a snake infestation. When entrepreneurs began to breed cobras to cash in on the … Continue reading