PLF files amicus brief in Clean Water Act case

Today Pacific Legal Foundation asked the Ninth Circuit to accept an amicus brief, written on behalf of Mike and Chantell Sackett, as well as John Duarte and Duarte Nursery, supporting the defendant in United States v. Joseph David Robertson. The issue we … Continue reading

SCOTUS confirmation games: Playing the race card, with an empty recess appointment threat

President Obama has promised to nominate someone relatively soon for a lifetime seat on the Supreme Court made vacant by Justice Antonin Scalia’s passing. President Obama hopes either to weaken the Senate majority’s resolve, which is to let the American … Continue reading

Remembering Scalia, giant among the courts on Courting Liberty

Members of PLF look at the legacy of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and his impact on property rights, views on upholding the constitution and his involvement in some of PLF’s most important victories. The round table discussion is hosted … Continue reading

Schuette victory: The Scalia concurrence

Justices Scalia and Thomas counted for two of the six votes in favor of Proposal 2’s constitutionality.  Unlike Justice Kennedy, however, Justice Scalia’s opinion — joined by Justice Thomas — would not save the political structure doctrine.  Scalia’s concurrence argues … Continue reading

Koontz oral argument: Should Nollan and Dolan apply only to “stupid districts”?

Tuesday, the United States Supreme Court heard Koontz v. St. Johns River Water Management District, argued by PLF attorney Paul Beard. A local government agency denied Coy Koontz a building permit because he refused to agree to unreasonable permit conditions. … Continue reading

Koontz oral argument: what was taken in Nollan and Dolan?

Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court heard argument in our case, Koontz v. St. Johns River Water Management District. In this case, the District denied Coy Koontz permits to use 3.7 acres of a 15-acre lot, after he refused to acquiesce to its demand … Continue reading