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Taylor v. Polhill, et al

Florida’s outdated licensing robs hearing, livelihoods

In Florida, you need a license to sell hearing aids. Dan Taylor of Melbourne, Florida, gave up his license after 30 years, because Florida’s outdated regulations were made for older models, not the updated, technologically sophisticated models he and his customers prefer. In a federal lawsuit on behalf of Dan, PLF argues that Florida’s licensing scheme increases cost and reduces access to modern hearing aids—and they’re even preempted by federal laws aimed at reducing unnecessary regulation.

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Property Rights

Kansas Natural Resource Coalition v. Department of Interior

Bad rulemaking process threatens good conservation

In 2003, the Fish and Wildlife Service created the Policy for Evaluating Conservation Efforts When Making Listing Decisions (PECE Rule). This very helpful rule encourages states, local governments, property owners, … ›

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Personal Liberties

Linden v. South Dakota High School Activities Association

School’s “girls-only” dance team policy is a constitutional hustle

Fifteen-year-old Freddie Linden of North Sioux Falls, South Dakota, has been dancing since age seven. He is now an accomplished performer who competes nationally on a number of private dance teams. But Freddie cannot join his high school’s competitive dance team—because he is a boy. The South Dakota High School Activities Association established competitive dance as a “female-only” sport. The rule is a misguided effort to comply with federal Title IX requirement that violates Freddie’s constitutional right to equal protection of the laws.

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By James S. Burling

Weekly litigation report — May 19, 2018

Is plowing a field “dredging and filling” under the Clean Water Act? Food and Drug Administration wants Texas business owner to litigate her civil rights case in D.C. Eleventh Circuit … ›

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By Anthony L. Francois

The government must abide by the Clean Water Act too.

Today Pacific Legal Foundation is asking the federal court to dismiss the U.S. Army’s Clean Water Act case against our client Jack LaPant in United States v LaPant. The federal government … ›

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By Joshua P. Thompson

Government is blocking Black kids from great schools while seats sit empty

In February, eight Black and Hispanic families filed a federal lawsuit challenging the Connecticut State Department of Education’s race-based enrollment quotas for Hartford’s magnet schools. This policy mandates that 25% of a … ›

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By Christina M. Martin

Eleventh Circuit Vindicates Chmielewski Family’s Property Rights

Today, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit issued an excellent opinion in Chmielewski v. City of St. Pete Beach. In this case, the City of St. Pete … ›

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By Caleb R. Trotter

Braiding hair is not a crime

Earlier this year, I noted that the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals endorsed extreme deference to the government when it rejected a challenge by hair braiders in Missouri to the … ›

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By Jonathan Wood

Supreme Court places big bet on federalism

This morning, the Supreme Court released its long-awaited decision in Murphy v. NCAA, New Jersey’s constitutional challenge to a federal law that forbids the state from amending its own sports … ›

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By Timothy R. Snowball

Stand your ground against the government

The spring of 1775 was a dark time for the cause of American independence. In response to various acts of colonial “insurrection” related to unjust taxation, the British turned Boston into … ›

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By Erin Wilcox

PLF client Freddie Linden dances to top score in team tryouts

Earlier this week, in response to PLF’s lawsuit, the South Dakota High School Activities Association suspended its discriminatory rule that keeps boys like Freddie Linden from participating in high school … ›

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By Jonathan Wood

Don’t know how to identify every one of the 1,500 endangered species? This group wants to throw you in prison.

Ok, that’s a slight overstatement. But not as much of one as you would think. Activist group WildEarth Guardians apparently dreams of a world in which people can be thrown … ›

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