President’s weekly report — September 12, 2014

Environment — When is a wetland not federally controlled? We filed this complaint this week in Universal Welding v. United States Army Corps of Engineers.  The Corps is asserting jurisdiction over some of Universal’s low-value wetlands in North Pole, Alaska, just … Continue reading

Water, water everywhere – in California courts

California is suffering an historic drought: there is not enough water to go around.  The state’s courthouses may be the only places that have had their fill of water of this year, or at least had their fill of fights … Continue reading

PLF to forest service: stop coveting private water rights

Last Friday Pacific Legal Foundation filed this comment letter with the United States Forest Service, in opposition to a proposed policy that would prevent the owners of private water rights from transferring them under state law from existing uses to other … Continue reading

President’s weekly report — August 22, 2014

Property Rights — Extortion-by-the-Bay We had a hearing today in Levin v. San Francisco on our challenge to San Francisco’s new scheme to extract huge chunks of cash from rent-controlled landlords who wish to go out of the landlord business.  For … Continue reading

Refusing to regulate water use through the endangered species act does not mean water use is unregulated

Last week I commented on the Fifth Circuit’s favorable decision in The Aransas Project v. Shaw.  An interested reader (who also appears to be a member of the plaintiff organization in the Aransas case) posted a reply of sorts, asserting … Continue reading

Federal court rejects state liability for take of endangered whooping cranes based on issuing water right permits

In a recent decision, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals held that Texas’ water rights permitting system did not result in illegal take of endangered whooping cranes merely because water was legally diverted from rivers that ultimately flow to one … Continue reading

President’s weekly report — July 18, 2014

Equality Under the Law Project — Implicit Bias Victory The Iowa Supreme Court today issued this unanimous opinion in Pippen v. State of Iowa, tossing out an “implicit bias” discrimination lawsuit against the State of Iowa. Under the theory of … Continue reading

PLF files amicus brief in support of water rights

Last year we reported that the Siskiyou County Farm Bureau successfully sued the California Department of Fish and Wildlife over whether the Department has the authority to limit the use of water rights.  The Department subsequently appealed the decision, and today … Continue reading

President’s weekly report — May 23, 2014

Government Accountability — Medium speed California choo-choo  The Third District Court of Appeal heard arguments today in California High-Speed Rail Authority v. Superior Court of Sacramento County and Tos, et. al. on whether the $8.6 billion in bonds should go … Continue reading

President’s weekly report — August 30, 2013

Environment & Taxes — A.B. 32 “cap and trade” hearing A hearing was held on Wednesday in Morningstar Packing Co. v. California Air Resources Board, our challenge to California’s “cap and trade” auction of emissions credits for carbon dioxide.  We are arguing … Continue reading