Weekly litigation report — February 18, 2017

Absent Gopher Frog headed to Supreme Court The Fifth Circuit in an 8 to 6 decision declined to rehear the case of the frog that isn’t there, Markle Investments v. United States Fish & Wildlife Service. The problem in this … Continue reading

PLF files its Supreme Court reply brief in Murr v. Wisconsin

The Supreme Court of the United States today received PLF’s Reply Brief on the Merits in Murr v. Wisconsin, filed on behalf of the Murr family. The case is now fully briefed, and ready for scheduling oral argument. It is … Continue reading

PLF clients win in settlement with Tahoe agency

PLF clients Ray Burns and Teresa Avila-Burns just wanted to build a small house on their vacant lot in South Lake Tahoe so that their elderly mothers could enjoy the high quality of life in the Lake Tahoe area. But … Continue reading

PLF files opening brief at Supreme Court in Murr v. Wisconsin

Pacific Legal Foundation today filed its Petitioners’ Brief on the Merits in this case pending before the Supreme Court of the United States. The Court granted review on January 15th, 2016, and oral argument will be held in early October. … Continue reading

Stay tuned: Another PLF case on the Supreme Court “relist” watch

In addition to Corps v. Hawkes and Kent Recycling v. Corps, Pacific legal Foundation has a third case that has been “relisted” and is being given serious consideration for a grant of certiorari.  Under the current procedure, the Supreme Court of … Continue reading

President’s weekly report — November 6, 2015

Property rights — mapping the property away We filed this amicus brief in Kirby v. North Carolina supporting the rights of landowners. In a scenario common in many states, transportation agencies know they will likely be building new roads and … Continue reading

President’s weekly report — August 14, 2015

The more you own the more government can steal? We filed this petition for writ of certiorari in in Murr v. Wisconsin.  William Murr and his wife bought two contiguous lots along the Lake St. Croix waterfront on separate dates in 1959.  The … Continue reading

Federal government argues it cannot be sued in federal court for a violation of the Fifth Amendment

In Brott et. al. v. United States, a group of Michigan property owners have brought suit against the United States for a violation of their rights under the Fifth Amendment. They contend that the federal “rails to trails” program has … Continue reading

Oral argument in Coastal Commission appeal tomorrow, in Ventura

Tomorrow, I will argue SDS Family Trust v. California Coastal Commission in the California Court of Appeal, in Ventura, at 1:30 p.m.  This case challenges the constitutionality of a public-access easement that the California Coastal Commission seeks to exact from a … Continue reading

Continuing the fight in Humboldt County

  As reported, PLF represents Humboldt County residents Scott and Lynn Powell in their fight against government extortion.  The County of Humboldt demands that the Powells obtain a building permit to bring some covered porches on their mobile home up … Continue reading