Preliminary injunction sought against Wisconsin’s artisanal butter ban

This morning PLF filed a motion for preliminary injunction in our challenge to Wisconsin’s artisanal butter ban. It has been nearly four months since Wisconsin first told our client, Minerva Dairy, that its Amish-churned butter was not welcome in the state. … Continue reading

Wisconsin Supreme Court to hear public trust case

An interesting public trust case will be heard in the Wisconsin Supreme Court that has some potentially significant ramifications. Like many lawsuits, it starts with a dispute between neighboring landowners (who also happen to be brother and sister). At issue is whether … Continue reading

Minerva Dairy challenges Wisconsin’s anti-competitive artisanal butter ban

This morning, Minerva Dairy and its President, Adam Mueller, challenged a Wisconsin law that bans butter from being sold within Wisconsin if it hasn’t first been “graded.” Wisconsin’s law prevents butter makers outside of Wisconsin from selling their products in … Continue reading

Media coverage of Supreme Court oral argument in Murr v. State of Wisconsin

This morning, the historic property rights case of Murr v. State of Wisconsin and St. Croix County was argued at the Supreme Court by John M. Groen, PLF’s Executive Vice President and General Counsel. Listen to our Courting Liberty podcast on … Continue reading

PLF files its Supreme Court reply brief in Murr v. Wisconsin

The Supreme Court of the United States today received PLF’s Reply Brief on the Merits in Murr v. Wisconsin, filed on behalf of the Murr family. The case is now fully briefed, and ready for scheduling oral argument. It is … 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

PLF files opening brief at Supreme Court in Murr v. Wisconsin

Pacific Legal Foundation today filed its Petitioners’ Brief on the Merits in this case pending before the Supreme Court of the United States. The Court granted review on January 15th, 2016, and oral argument will be held in early October. … Continue reading

Supreme Court agrees to hear PLF “relevant parcel” case

For almost 25 years since Lucas v. South Carolina Coastal Council, it has been well established that government agencies commit an unconstitutional taking when their regulations deprive a property owner’s land of “all economically viable use.” But when a property … Continue reading

Wisconsin creating a barrier to…regulate?

Though we often associate government with excessive regulation, in a surprising twist, the Wisconsin legislature is considering a much needed measure to deregulate. AB 116 would prevent all cities, villages, towns, and counties in Wisconsin from enacting any new occupational fees or … Continue reading

Wisconsin says, “The wolf is recovered”

Author:  Damien M. Schiff Earlier this week, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources announced that it was filing a petition to delist the Wisconsin subpopulation of the Western Great Lakes distinct population segment (DPS) of gray wolf from the protections of … Continue reading