Impatience is no excuse to dispense with the Constitution’s checks and balances

Last week, the Supreme Court heard 90 minutes of oral argument from four advocates (two on each side) in United States v. Texas, the case brought by 26 states challenging the legality of the administration’s executive actions regarding about four … Continue reading

Amici line up in support of the Murr family

Yesterday, eleven separate briefs representing over 30 entities were filed in the Supreme Court of the United States in support of the Murrs in this high profile regulatory taking case. Of particular note, the State of Nevada was joined by … Continue reading

Certiorari denied in Shea v. Kerry

The Supreme Court denied certiorari this morning in Shea v. Kerry, PLF’s case challenging the Department of State’s race-based hiring practice. This is a disappointing end to a very important case. … Continue reading

What if the Clean Water Act is unconstitutionally vague?

As regular readers know, PLF argued a case in the Supreme Court of the United States last week, U.S. Army Corps v. Hawkes Co., concerning whether property owners can have their day in court when the federal government declares their … Continue reading

President’s weekly report — April 1, 2016

Supreme Court member apologizes  Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg today issued an apology today on behalf of all Justices, living and dead, who ever espoused the notion of a “living constitution.” Saying that she was visited by the ghost of her … Continue reading

Forbes publishes new piece on judicial review for agency bureaucrats

As all Liberty Blog readers should know, PLF’s Reed Hopper will argue another landmark case tomorrow in the Supreme Court, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers v. Hawkes Company. To help explain what is at stake in the case, Forbes.com just published … Continue reading

PLF pays another visit to the Supreme Court

Tomorrow morning (Wednesday, March 30), lead environmental attorney for PLF, M. Reed Hopper, will argue on behalf of property rights, judicial review, and fairness when he represents Hawkes Company before the Supreme Court of the United States in U.S. Army … Continue reading

After 22 years, government compensates PLF client for taking use of property

This week, after 22 years of litigation, the St. Johns River Water Management District finally paid the Koontz family for taking the use of Coy Koontz’s property. This case began in 1994, when the St. Johns River Water Management District … Continue reading

Supreme Court oral argument less than a week away

Next Wednesday, Pacific Legal Foundation will argue U.S. Army Corps of Engineers v. Hawkes Company, Inc., to the Supreme Court of the United States. Yesterday, the U.S. Solicitor General’s Office filed its Reply Brief in the case, likely the last paper … 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