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Supreme Court agrees
to hear union trespassing case

The Constitution forbids government from requiring you to allow unwanted strangers onto your property. And union activists are no exception. Cedar Point v. Hassid will be PLF’s 15th case heard by the Supreme Court.

What’s At Stake

New PLF Documentary: Dream Factories

To distract from failing public schools, Mayor de Blasio set his sights on racial balancing at elite high schools, to benefit some races at the expense of others. Equality before the law demands better.

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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.

 

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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.

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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

Fireworks 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

Feltner v. Cuyahoga County Board of Revision Ohio county’s illegal tax foreclosure robs property owner and taxpayers

Elliot Feltner inherited his father-in-law’s Cleveland, Ohio, autobody shop in 2012 and discovered the property, while valued at $144,500, had a property tax debt of more than $65,000. He decided to sell it to pay the debt and even found a buyer, but before he could complete a sale, the county took his property without paying him for his $80, ...

Ghost Golf, Inc., et al. v. Newsom Small businesses fight Gov. Newsom’s unlawful color-code shutdown scheme

At Ghost Golf in Fresno, the weeks leading up to Halloween mark the peak season for the haunted house-themed miniature golf center, earning enough money for owner Daryn Coleman and his family to weather the springtime slowdown. This year, however, Ghost Golf has been closed since March, haunted by Governor Gavin Newsom’s COVID-related busines ...

Skyworks Ltd. v. Centers for Disease Control; Chambless Enterprises, LLC v. Centers for Disease Control Fighting the CDC’s national eviction ban to restore separation of powers

In early September, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) adopted an order that prohibits certain evictions for non-payment of rent. However, in its haste to enact and enforce a national eviction ban, the CDC overstepped its lawful authority by exercising legislative power reserved to Congress, and it did so at the expense of struggl ...

UPCOMING EVENTS

Exploring Land Use Without Zoning, Five Decades Later

December 01, 2020 Virtual 3:00 p.m. EDT/12:00 p.m. PDT

Originally released in 1972, Land Use Without Zoning explores the negative impact of zoning policies and the benefits of unrestricted land use—as illustrated in cities like Houston. The Mercatus Center commissioned the republishing, updating this principal reading to support the surging national conversation on zoning law and public policy. As …

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