During 800th anniversary of magna carta, pundit complains property rights are medieval

In a guest column in today’s major Sacramento printed news product, Christopher Thornburg complains that California’s water rights system is inherited from medieval England. He is not really correct about that. California does enjoy a complex system of related water rights doctrines, … Continue reading

Victory for California water rights builds on PLF’s Duarte case

In the course of California’s long drought, state regulators have taken ever more aggressive measures to gain control of local and private water supplies, under cover of emergency declarations from Governor Brown, and emergency regulations adopted by the State Water Resources … Continue reading

President’s weekly report — June 5, 2015

 Lawsuit abuse — Filing without injury PLF filed this letter brief asking the California Supreme Court to review of Animal Legal Defense Fund v. LT Napa Partners—which PLF asked the Supreme Court to overturn an Unfair Competition Law (UCL) case that threatens … Continue reading

California court of appeal rules for double regulation of water rights

Today the California Court of Appeal issued an adverse ruling in Siskiyou County Farm Bureau v. California Department of Fish and Wildlife, in a decision that will likely subject all water rights in California to onerous and duplicative regulation. The … Continue reading

President’s weekly report — May 1, 2015

On the cusp of victory in Florida — In large part due to the publicity from our “growler” case, Crafted Keg v. Lawson, the Florida legislature has repealed the ban on “growlers,” the 64 ounce containers used for bringing craft … Continue reading

Forest Service, meet your original mission; you too have a lot of catching up to do.

Capitol Press published my op ed online this morning, laying out the case that the United States Forest Service was originally founded to protect private water rights, but now steadfastly opposes them. The Forest Service has radically inverted its mission: closing publicly … Continue reading

Forest Service repudiates its history by opposing private water rights

Liberty Blog readers will recall Pacific Legal Foundation’s recent comment letters to the United States Forest Service, objecting to the Service’s policy and practice of illegally claiming and demanding private water rights in its administration of the nation’s public timber supply. … Continue reading

Water as property and habitat under the Takings Clause

Can preventing take (of endangered species) cause a take (of private property)? That is the question I will be answering tomorrow morning, along with a distinguished panel, in our special session on Water Rights and Regulatory Takings at the 2014 Annual … Continue reading

President’s weekly report — October 3, 2014

United States Supreme Court — Cert petitions We’ve filed three petitions for writ of certiorari to the United States Supreme Court this week in three very important cases, each of which could contribute substantially to individual freedom if granted. First … Continue reading