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Victory! Michigan Supreme Court
ends home equity theft

Michigan counties may no longer steal home equity from tax foreclosures.  But the fight continues in the other 12 states that allow this practice.

 

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Rebuilding America
requires freedom

We are a nation of creators, inventors, builders, and entrepreneurs. The only way to recover from this crisis is to unleash our productive energy.

 

PLF’s Roadmap To Recovery

When Americans are threatened by government overreach, PLF empowers them to fight back.

We give them their day in court to vindicate their rights and set a lasting precedent for everyone else.
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PLF defends the individual liberty of all Americans when threatened by government overreach.

We’ve won 12 victories at the United States Supreme Court, and we’re just getting started.

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Pacific Legal Foundation is a national, nonprofit legal organization that defends the individual liberty and constitutional rights of Americans threatened by government overreach and abuse.

At PLF, we believe in individual liberty: that when people are free to live peacefully and productively, without interference by government, they improve themselves, their families, and their communities.

We represent hundreds of clients each year, free of charge.

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WHAT WE FIGHT FOR

PROPERTY RIGHTS

Property Rights

The right to acquire and use property without undue government interference

Free Speech

Free Speech

The right to freely express yourself in speech and thought

Economic Liberty

Economic Liberty

The right to earn an honest living and make free economic choices

Equality Under the Law

Equality Under the Law

Equal treatment under the law, regardless of sex, race, creed, color, or other differences

Separation of Powers

Separation of Powers

The structural protections of our Constitution, which safeguard our individual liberty

July 02, 2020|By Scott Barton American Resilience: Our nation was made to survive tough times like these

In a typical year, the Fourth of July would be an occasion to celebrate America’s origins, history and future. Marking the anniversary of our nation’s founding should be an opportunity for reflection on the past and optimism about where we’re headed. But let’s face it: 2020 is not a typical year. The last six months … ...

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Our Casework

Adamski v. California Coastal Commission Builders battle the California Coastal Commission’s basement ban

When Chris Adamski, a Monterey County, California contractor, and his longtime mentor and friend Mike Pietro bought four properties in the county’s Carmel Point neighborhood in 2014, they planned to develop two houses to sell, and then build one house for each of them—Chris for his large family, and Mike for retirement. The California Coast ...

Barnette v. HBI, LLC Taking tax-foreclosed property requires proper notice

In 2002, Walter Barnette was working in the Omaha suburb of Bellevue when he spotted an acre of land in a growing neighborhood. Though he lives across the nearby border with Iowa, he bought the property with the intent of one day building a home. Walter fell on hard times, however, and failed to pay his 2010 and 2011 property taxes—$986.50—to S ...

El Papel v. City of Seattle Fighting unlawful eviction bans masked as a pandemic response

In the wake of COVID-19, Washington State and Seattle joined a number of cities and states to enact emergency eviction bans that eliminated landlords’ ability to evict tenants who violate lease terms, such as by neglecting to pay their rent. Seattle added an ordinance that prohibits landlords from seeking full repayment for up to a year from ...

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