President’s weekly report — April 22, 2016

Many briefs filed in Murr at the Supreme Court After we filed our opening brief in Murr v. Wisconsin, we received a large number of amicus briefs in support of the Murrs from a variety of parties. These included 9 … Continue reading

Cost of violating property rights

Yesterday, the Daytona Beach News-Journal ran my op-ed about the St. Johns River Water Management District’s attempt to take Coy Koontz’s property by way of an extortionate permit demand.  The article relates a troubling conversation that occurred in the course of … Continue reading

What if the Clean Water Act is unconstitutionally vague?

As regular readers know, PLF argued a case in the Supreme Court of the United States last week, U.S. Army Corps v. Hawkes Co., concerning whether property owners can have their day in court when the federal government declares their … Continue reading

In modern constitutional battles, its often 1984, not 2016

My son is currently reading George Orwell’s classic dystopian novel, 1984.  As many of you probably remember, the story is about a society subject to pervasive government control and monitoring and one person’s (Winston Smith) attempt to escape that control through small acts of … Continue reading

President’s weekly report — March 25, 2016

Property Rights — Coy Koontz gets paid!!!!  In the “you can’t get something for nothing” category, the St. Johns Water Management District finally paid the Coy Koontz estate $602,000 for the temporary taking of the Koontz property. While it was … Continue reading

After 22 years, government compensates PLF client for taking use of property

This week, after 22 years of litigation, the St. Johns River Water Management District finally paid the Koontz family for taking the use of Coy Koontz’s property. This case began in 1994, when the St. Johns River Water Management District … Continue reading

PLF petition challenges illegal Endangered Species Act regulation

Today, PLF submitted a petition with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, challenging a regulation that illegally extends the Endangered Species Act’s burdensome take prohibition to all threatened species. The petition argues that federal bureaucrats have no authority to reverse … Continue reading

A win for voluntary conservation

This morning, the D.C. Circuit rejected a challenge to the Fish and Wildlife Service’s decision to withdraw its proposed listing of the dunes sagebrush lizard. The withdrawal was based on an intensive effort by states and private parties to conserve … Continue reading

Supreme Court denies review of San Jose affordable housing case

This morning, the Supreme Court denied review in the legislative exactions case, California Building Industry Association v. City of San Jose (more about the case here). Although the decision ends the Association’s facial challenge to a city ordinance requiring new … Continue reading

Koontz’s decades-long battle for property rights comes to a just end

Back in 1994, Coy Koontz, Sr. sued a Florida land use agency for placing unconstitutional demands on his application to develop a couple acres of commercial property located at the intersection of two major highways. Today, over two decades later, … Continue reading