President’s weekly report — March 27, 2015

Eminent domain — New Jersey Supreme Court abandons precedent In this 3-2 decision, the New Jersey Supreme Court upheld the use of eminent domain in 62-64 Main Street v. Mayor and City Council of the City of Hackensack.  The question here … Continue reading

PLF files amicus brief in Oregon “right of access” case

In Oregon—as in most states—a landowner whose property abuts a highway has a right to directly access that road. Thus, an abutting owner is entitled to just compensation when the state acquires the landowner’s right of access in an eminent … Continue reading

President’s weekly report — March 20, 2015

Environment & Endangered Species Act — 60-day notice filed for the Kangaroo Rat As required by the Endangered Species Act, we filed a sixty-day notice on intent to sue with the United States Fish & Wildlife Service over the Service’s failure … Continue reading

PLF Atlantic Center notches another win for property rights

This week, Florida’s Martin County Commission accepted settlement terms that leave our clients, Bob and Anita Breinig, no longer facing onerous fines and the imminent loss of their dream: their popular Flash Beach Grille restaurant in Hobe Sound. Instead, the Breinigs find themselves … Continue reading

President’s weekly report — March 5, 2015

Environment — Victory for common sense in permitting reviews The California Supreme Court issued this opinion in Berkeley Hillside Preservation v. City of Berkeley Hillside Preservation v. City of Berkeley, a case dealing with environmental reviews under the California Environmental … Continue reading

Stopping development for cheaper condemnation later is a taking

The Fifth Amendment requires the government to compensate a property owner when it takes property from a private landowner. To get around the requirement of paying “just compensation,” government entities often get creative. One trick is to depress property values … Continue reading

Joint congressional hearing on “waters of the United States” rule seeks PLF input

On Wednesday, February 4, a rare joint hearing of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and the Senate Environmental and Public Works Committee will examine a controversial draft rule by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps … Continue reading

NY and NJ courts both reject property rights

Property owners in New York and New Jersey learned again this week that their state courts often reject property rights in favor of creative ways to take private property in a manner that violates the Fifth Amendment. In New York, the court upended a centuries-old settled … Continue reading

President’s weekly report — January 16, 2015

The Raisins are Dancing Again — cert grant The Supreme Court granted cert in Horne v. United States, making this the second trip to the Court for the dancing raisins.  Under a depression-era statute, raisin growers must give a substantial … Continue reading

Supreme Court declines to review Kentner

Pacific Legal Foundation is disappointed to report that the U.S. Supreme Court will not hear Kentner v. City of Sanibel, a PLF case that asked whether constitutional due process guarantees apply to private property. Although the Fourteenth Amendment guarantees that no state … Continue reading