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 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

New LibertyBrief – Regulatory takings and Murr v. Wisconsin

As many of you may be aware, we are just one week away from oral arguments in the Supreme Court in the case of Murr v. Wisconsin. Murr is the latest in a long line of property rights cases litigated … Continue reading

Can government regulate your subconscious?

Today, we filed a legal challenge against Seattle’s heavy-handed attempt to squash its residents’ “unconscious bias.” A new Seattle ordinance forbids landlords from choosing their own tenants in a sweeping effort to prevent subliminal prejudices from tampering with their decisions. The … Continue reading

Property forum in Acton, CA exposes rural concerns over SB 1263

Last Thursday night, Damien Schiff and I had the opportunity to speak before 150 or so gathered residents of Acton, Agua Dulce, and a few other nearby unincorporated communities of North Los Angeles County. We were invited to speak about … Continue reading

Two PLF attorneys to speak at upcoming eminent domain conference

PLF attorney Dave Breemer and I will be speaking at the upcoming ALI-CLE course, Eminent Domain and Land Valuation in San Diego this upcoming January 26 to 28. In addition to Dave and me, Robert Thomas who helps PLF on … Continue reading

Marin County and the California Coastal Commission overreaching with Local Coastal Program amendments

The voluntary preservation of agricultural lands is a noble goal. Forcing landowners into government-run conservation efforts against their will, however, is something else entirely. And a desire to conserve pastoral farmland doesn’t excuse government from following the laws and constitutions … Continue reading

Seattle’s plans to fix your “unconscious bias”

Seattle has decided to force landlords to accept the first prospective tenant that walks through the door. Why? Because you may be a racist and not even know it; your unconscious biases could control your rental decisions. Seattle is not content … Continue reading