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Minnesota Voters Alliance v. Mansky

U.S. Supreme Court will review Minnesota’s fashion (non)sense

The U.S. Supreme Court announced it will review our case challenging a Minnesota election law that literally strips free speech rights from the backs of voters. The law bans voters from wearing any “political” apparel at a polling place. This includes any t-shirt, button, or other items that could be construed as political, or even organizations that take political positions such as the AFL-CIO or NRA. Voters who don’t cover or remove the apparel could face prosecution and fines of up to $5,000. The high court will likely hear the case in the spring.

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Property Rights

Waters of the United States

PLF at the Supreme Court: Fighting EPA power grab of all U.S. waters

It’s now up to the U.S. Supreme Court to decide if the EPA can stretch federal control to nearly every pond, ditch, and puddle in the nation. On October 11, justices heard arguments in National Association of Manufacturers v. Department of Defense, a consolidated case which included an extensive array of our clients. We challenged the EPA’s 2015 proposed rule as being nothing more than an outrageous – and illegal – power grab under cover of the Clean Water Act.

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Procedural Guarantees

American Federation of Aviculture v. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Thriving golden parakeets no longer need Endangered Species Act protection

Thanks to the efforts of private breeders, the golden parakeet is no longer threatened with extinction. Although the federal government acknowledges the bird’s tenfold increase in numbers, it has refused to comply with a law that requires it to make a final decision to delist or downlist the parakeet within 12 months of that finding. On behalf of a coalition of breeders and bird owners, the American Federation of Aviculture, PLF is suing the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to force it to comply with the law, reclassify the golden parakeet, and lift onerous restrictions that prevent breeders from selling to all other breeders.

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By Ethan W. Blevins

Why juries matter when you’re up against the government

Today, we filed an amicus brief, joined by our friends at Reason and American Civil Rights Union, urging the Supreme Court to grant Brott v United States, a case about whether property owners are entitled to a jury when the federal government takes their land (more…)

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By Jeremy Talcott

Coastal Commission pushing city to strip property rights

This week, the California Coastal Commission will be considering proposed updates to the City of San Clemente’s Local Coastal Program.

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By Damien M. Schiff

Further analysis of Cal Supremes’ ruling on mandatory mediation and conciliation

The court’s ruling okaying this forced “collective bargaining” raises significant concerns for maintaining robust doctrines of equal protection and the separation of powers.

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By James S. Burling

Weekly litigation report—December 9, 2017

PLF Asks Michigan Supreme Court to Review Taking of Home for an $8 debt, Oral Argument at the U.S. Sixth Circuit in PLF’s Marquette County case, and Seattle’s “involuntary speech – forced democracy” scheme has been appealed.

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By Christina M. Martin

PLF Asks Michigan Supreme Court to Hold Government Accountable for Theft

PLF filed an application asking the Michigan Supreme Court to grant review and bring justice to Uri Rafaeli—who lost an entire home to Oakland County over an $8 debt, and to Andrew Ohanessian—who lost 2.7 acres over a $6,000 debt.

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By Ethan W. Blevins

PLF appeals in speech case against Seattle

First, has anyone run for office recently that you detest? Second, how would you feel if your government forced you to donate $100 to that candidate’s campaign? Now you know how our clients feel about democracy vouchers.

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By Wen Fa

PLF’s Wen Fa to speak at America’s Future Foundation event in D.C.

The America’s Future Foundation, a nationwide network of liberty-minded young leaders, will host me this Friday for a talk on PLF’s latest case in the Supreme Court.

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By Larry G. Salzman

Adverse decision in extortionate permit fee case

A trial court in Marin County, California, handed down a tentative ruling in Cherk v. County of Marin, rejecting the Cherk family’s argument that it was unconstitutional for the County to force them to pay $40,000 into an “affordable housing” fund.

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By Jeffrey W. McCoy

PLF, Ranchers tell federal agencies they cannot ignore economic costs of their decisions

Before making a decision, most organizations take into account the costs and benefits of a proposed action, and will change course if the costs outweigh the benefits. Unfortunately, the federal government takes a different approach…

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