Can just anyone bring a class action on behalf of others?

Florence Pacleb sued Allstate Insurance for calling him on his cellphone in violation of anti-solitication laws.  Allstate offered to pay the damages Pacleb demanded and his attorney’s fees.  Most courts hold that once a defendant offers to fully satisfy a plaintiff’s claims, … Continue reading

Hollingsworth v. Perry : Supreme Court rules citizens can’t “stand” in the way of politicians who ignore the law

Regardless of readers’ specific views on Prop. 8, today the Court decided an important question about standing — and it got it wrong.  Hollingsworth v. Perry will have serious repercussions that extend far beyond the same-sex marriage debate.  Today’s decision … Continue reading

PLF’s Official Statement on Hollingsworth v. Perry, the Supreme Court’s Prop. 8 case

Although Pacific Legal Foundation takes no position on the constitutionality of Proposition 8, PLF submitted an amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court solely on the issue of standing.  PLF argues that sponsors of any successful California initiative have standing … Continue reading

The other mistake the Supreme Court made yesterday

Largely lost in the hullaballoo yesterday, the Supreme Court dismissed First American v. Edwards as “improvidently granted.”  It did not give any reasons for the dismissal. This case asked whether a plaintiff who suffered no injury whatsoever from a defendant’s … Continue reading

Supreme Court fails to rein in class action abuse

California’s hostile business climate is exemplified by the state’s Unfair Competition Law (UCL), which invites plaintiffs with trivial and even nonexistent injuries to bombard companies with “consumer protection” lawsuits.  Because these lawsuits benefit the trial bar far more than consumers, … Continue reading

SCOTUS and global warming

Author:  Damien M. Schiff This week PLF filed an amicus brief in the United States Supreme Court in support of the petitioners in American Electric Power Co. v. Connecticut.  The case concerns whether federal courts can hear public nuisance cases … Continue reading

A property owner gets his day in court

Author:  Damien M. Schiff Yesterday, PLF scored a win in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in Barnum Timber Co. v. EPA.  PLF attorneys represent Barnum Timber, a small, family-run timber company based in Humboldt County, California.  Redwood Creek, which … Continue reading