Secure property rights are the key to conservation

Too often, property rights and conservation are treated as if they are in tension. But, in reality, property rights are a proven means to encourage responsible stewardship, resolve conflicts over limited resources, and empower environmentalists to protect resources they value. … Continue reading

Weekly litigation report — July 15, 2017

PLF asks Supreme Court to protect plaintiffs’ right to raise takings claims in federal courts when government steals Complaint filed against Marin County forced farming law Mandatory housing shakedown fees before the Supreme Court Getting union tentacles out of worker paychecks … Continue reading

Should legislative property demands be exempt from constitutional scrutiny?

The answer to that question seems rather obvious to property owners—if the government demands that you give up a portion of your property in exchange for a development permit, why should it matter what particular branch is making the demand? … Continue reading

PLF asks Louisiana Supreme Court to enforce constitutional limits on the exercise of eminent domain

The government’s authority to take private property without the owner’s consent is a terrible and awesome power. Aware of this, the nation’s founders placed two key restrictions on its exercise: that government shall not take property unless it is for a valid … Continue reading

Yes, Justice Thomas, the doctrine of regulatory takings is originalist

In his dissent in Murr v. Wisconsin, Justice Thomas opined that “[t]he Court, however, has never purported to ground those precedents in the Constitution as it was originally understood.” and “[i]n my view, it would be desirable for us to … Continue reading

Weekly litigation update — July 1, 2017

PLF sues Seattle over compelled political campaign contributions What are the odds? Supreme Court to decide constitutionality of federal sports betting ban SCOTUS denies review of a takings win in the state of Florida Cap and Trade tax here to … Continue reading

A little light reading for your holiday weekend

My colleague Anastasia Boden and I have published several Independence Day themed op-eds to help you get into the proper mood to celebrate the Declaration of Independence. In the Charleston Gazette-Mail, we explain that the Fourth is a perfect time … Continue reading

Weekly litigation report — June 24, 2017

Supreme Court goes squishy on property rights Free speech includes freedom to insult Free speech means letting high school kids be high school kids Howling at the wolf listing Doing time even if you didn’t know you committed the crime  Washington … Continue reading

Washington court rules that the right to use one’s property is not protected by the constitution

Earlier this week, the Washington State Court of Appeals issued its decision in Olympic Stewardship Foundation v. State of Washington Environmental and Land Use Hearings Office, in which PLF submitted an amicus brief.  The decision upholds a Jefferson County ordinance … Continue reading