CA Supreme Court invites state to frustrate federal policy

The California Supreme Court has issued its long-awaited decision in People v. Rinehart, concerning the legality of the state’s ban on suction dredge mining. The case concerns an apparent conflict between federal law, which encourages mining on federal lands, and … Continue reading

Weekly litigation report — August 14, 2016

Property rights — California Supreme Court rules on compensation issues Complaint filed in extortionate low-income housing demand Ancient custom of beach driving? Sign ban repealed Endangered species and the green sturgeon Shoreline buffer exactions challenge at the Supreme Court WOTUS … Continue reading

Washington state exaction scheme before the U.S. Supreme Court

San Juan County’s scheme to force shoreline property owners into dedicating water treatment buffers is now pending on a certiorari petition with the U.S. Supreme Court in the case, Common Sense Alliance v. San Juan County. As you may recall, … Continue reading

PLF scores an important property rights win at the California Supreme Court

It’s no secret that California courts have been rather adventurous in finding ways around the rule that a permit condition must relate in both size and scope to development impact the condition is designed to mitigate. The nexus and proportionality … Continue reading

Walton County couple speaks up for property owners’ First Amendment rights

Last week, the Destin Log published my opinion article about Edward and Delanie Goodwin’s challenge to a Walton County, Florida, ordinance that bans signs on the Goodwins’ private property. PLF is representing the Goodwins in a First Amendment lawsuit. As I … Continue reading

Weekly litigation report

Environmental Law: ESA abuse Yesterday, we filed an administrative petition demanding that the U.S. Department of Fish and Wildlife repeal a regulation that imposes harsh Endangered Species Act restrictions on as many as 150 threatened species that Congress did not … Continue reading

PLF and Washington Cattlemen’s Association call for repeal of illegal, counterproductive ESA regulation

This week, PLF submitted a petition, on behalf of the Washington Cattlemen’s Association, asking the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to repeal a regulation that illegally forbids the “take” of all species listed as “threatened” under the Endangered Species Act. … Continue reading

ABA panel discussion on affordable housing

On Thursday evening, I will appear on a panel discussion—“The Housing Crunch in Desirable Cities – Planning Alternatives and Legal Consequences”—as part of the American Bar Association annual meeting in San Francisco.  Moderated by Nadia Costa of Miller Starr Regalia, … Continue reading

Pokemon and private property

A flood swamped a quiet Australian suburb recently: a deluge of Pokemon and their intrepid hunters. The neighborhood park had become known as a great spot to play Pokemon Go. Rare Pokemon liked to hang out there–especially at night. The park disintegrated into a trampled … Continue reading

Weekly litigation report — July 30, 2016

Murr reply brief filed with Supreme Court Comments filed on wetland permitting rules Endangered species — protecting a frog where it doesn’t croak  Challenge to a “competitor’s veto” law continues Appeal filed in retaliation case  Murr reply brief filed with … Continue reading