President’s weekly report — March 27, 2015

Eminent domain — New Jersey Supreme Court abandons precedent In this 3-2 decision, the New Jersey Supreme Court upheld the use of eminent domain in 62-64 Main Street v. Mayor and City Council of the City of Hackensack.  The question here … Continue reading

President’s weekly report — March 5, 2015

Environment — Victory for common sense in permitting reviews The California Supreme Court issued this opinion in Berkeley Hillside Preservation v. City of Berkeley Hillside Preservation v. City of Berkeley, a case dealing with environmental reviews under the California Environmental … Continue reading

The Waters of the United States rule: not about water

Last week our colleague Brian Miller posted about PLF’s testimony to a lengthy congressional hearing on a proposed regulation to expand the reach of the Army Corps of Engineers and US Environmental Protection Agency over wetlands and other “waters of the … Continue reading

Local government challenging EPA?

Pacific Legal Foundation often takes on cases where private property owners face unconstitutional action by the federal government. But another dispute recently caught PLF’s eye, and this battle involves a local government taking on the feds. In a nutshell, the Michigan upper-peninsula government … Continue reading

President’s weekly report — January 30, 2015

Environment — Wetlands The government filed this opposition to our petition seeking Supreme Court review in Kent Recycling v. United States.  That’s the case where we are arguing that a landowner should have the right to challenge a wetlands jurisdictional determination … 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

PLF files retaliatory prosecution claim against Army Corps of Engineers on behalf of Duarte Nursery

Its been several weeks since we provided an update on Duarte Nursery’s due process challenge against the US Army Corps of Engineers. Readers will recall that the court denied the Army Corps’s motion to dismiss. Since then, the Corps has … Continue reading

Video of PLF appearance on Stossel now available

Video of my appearance with PLF client John Duarte on the Stossel program is now available. We discuss the arbitrary nature of the Corps of Engineers action shutting down Duarte Nursery’s wheat farm in rural Northern California, in violation of … Continue reading