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Victory against CPSC : Oklahoma entrepreneur successfully defends ‘Podster’

July 12, 2024 | By KYLE GRIESINGER

When Jamie Leach got the news that the Consumer Product Safety Commission was coming after her business, she imagined a years-long legal battle in the Commission’s in-house tribunal, enormous legal fees, and a devastating blow to her company’s otherwise-sterling reputation. Even if she managed to win, the ordeal could have buried her bu ...

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Individualism : The complete answer

July 10, 2024 | By ETHAN BLEVINS

Individual rights are the answer to a just society. But individualism—the belief in the inherent worth and dignity of each person—is more than a policy solution. It’s a way of life. We who advocate for individual liberty in the political arena will become better advocates for freedom when we embrace individualism, not only in white ̷ ...

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The Declaration of Independence connects equality, freedom, and opportunity 

July 03, 2024 | By ANASTASIA BODEN

In recent years, the page on Pacific Legal Foundation’s website that has drawn the most visitors isn’t about any of our Supreme Court cases or a hotly debated news story. It’s a six-year-old blog post by a former PLF attorney titled “The Declaration of Independence (made easy).” The premise is simple and fantastic: tra ...

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Big Supreme Court decisions on executive power, agency courts, and the Eighth Amendment

June 28, 2024 | By NICOLE W.C. YEATMAN

What a way to head into the July 4th holiday: The Supreme Court announced big decisions on the penultimate day of the term—including an end to the doctrine responsible for decades of executive overreach.   Supreme Court overturns Chevron in Loper/Relentless  In today’s decision in Loper Bright Enterprises/Relentless, the Supreme Court ov ...

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Fishing on an ocean ‘antiquity’

June 27, 2024 | By NICOLE W.C. YEATMAN

“I know not all that may be coming, but be it what it will, I’ll go to it laughing.”   —Stubb, the second mate, in Herman Melville’s Moby Dick    In New Bedford, Massachusetts, sits an old chapel: the Seamen’s Bethel, built in 1832 for sailors to visit and pray before heading out to sea. … ...

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New York must end its unlawful discrimination in cannabis business licensing

June 24, 2024 | By DAVID HOFFA

New York State has fewer legal cannabis dispensaries than Maryland despite having three times the population. If New Yorkers want the vibrant, booming cannabis market other states are enjoying, the state needs to fix its messy licensing process for cannabis businesses. To understand what’s broken, look at the case of William and Emmett Purcel ...

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PLF client heads to the California Supreme Court to protect his property from the CCC

June 24, 2024 | By BRITTANY HUNTER

The California Coastal Commission (CCC) has earned itself a nasty reputation for overstepping the boundaries placed on it by both the state legislature and local county laws. And many California homeowners have lost their property rights as a result. Shear Development Company has experienced this abuse firsthand—so now they’re taking the Co ...

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Dr. Marilyn Singleton, a trailblazer in medicine and the law

June 20, 2024 | By JOSHUA THOMPSON

Pacific Legal Foundation is deeply saddened to announce the passing of Dr. Marilyn Singleton, a trailblazer whose remarkable career spanned both the legal and medical fields. Dr. Singleton, a dedicated advocate for justice and equality, passed away unexpectedly this week. Our heartfelt condolences go out to her family, friends, and colleagues who a ...

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Photos from Clean Water Act cases contradict media narrative

June 13, 2024 | By WILL YEATMAN AND WILL FOSTER

In a recent news broadcast, WDIV Local 4 and other NBC affiliates reported on the ripple-effects of the Supreme Court’s ruling last year in Sackett v. EPA. But the segment muddies the waters by distorting the true stakes, and the media’s overwrought narrative won’t wash. The piece opens with weatherman Bryan Schuerman intoning, &# ...