Private property versus public recreation: the debate continues

Earlier this month, I published a guest column about the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision Marvin M. Brandt Revocable Trust v. United States with Jurist, an online journal run by the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. The article takes … Continue reading

Will Arkansas Game & Fish fix temporary takings?

Yesterday, the Boston College Environmental Affairs Law Review made my article, Will Arkansas Game & Fish Commission v. United States Provide a Permanent Fix for Temporary Takings?, available online. Here is the abstract: The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Arkansas … Continue reading

Drakes Bay Oyster Company seeks review in US Supreme Court

Today, Drakes Bay Oyster Company filed its petition for certiorari in the United States Supreme Court, after the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals decided that the federal government’s decision to shut down the oyster farm is immune from judicial review. The … Continue reading

Supreme Court hears oral argument in challenge to Obamacare contraceptive mandate

Today the Supreme Court heard oral argument in the Hobby Lobby case challenging Obamacare’s requirement that employers provide their employees with health insurance coverage for contraceptives.  Hobby Lobby, Mardel, and Conestoga Wood—whose owners say the contraceptive mandate would force them … Continue reading

PLF attorney Anastasia Boden joins Mark Standriff on KTKZ-AM 1380

Update: listen to the interview here. I’ll be speaking Wednesday morning with host Mark Standriff on KTKZ-AM 1380 about the Supreme Court oral arguments in Hobby Lobby v. Sebelius—the free exercise challenge to Obamacare’s contraceptive mandate.  If you are in … Continue reading

U.S. Supreme Court upholds property rights in rails-to-trails case

Earlier today, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its decision in the “rails-to-trails” property rights case, Marvin M. Brandt Revocable Trust v. United States—a case in which PLF attorneys participated as an amicus curiae. By an 8-1 margin, the Court ruled … Continue reading

U.S. Supreme Court argument recap: an easement by any other name …

Earlier today, the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments in the property law case, Marvin M. Brandt Revocable Trust v. United States. I previously referred to this case as one “for certified law geeks,” because it raised “a host of questions … Continue reading

If every connection is significant, then none are

Last week, I testified before the Environmental Protection Agency’s Science Advisory Board review panel on the EPA’s recent wetlands connectivity report.  Last week’s testimony follows on PLF’s written comments to the Board in October.  EPA is using the connectivity report … Continue reading

Dear Santa, All PLF wants for Christmas is…

To help you get in the holiday spirit, check out PLF’s Christmas wish list. And while you’re at it, share it with your friends! Click here for a larger version. To learn more, check out our Bruner, Koontz, and Sissel … Continue reading