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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 hear the case on February 28, 2018.

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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

Rinehart v. California

Golden State no more? California bans gold prospecting

California’s original Forty-Niners made their fortunes in gold with shovels and pans. Modern-day prospectors use a “suction dredge” – a specialized vacuum – to suck up sediment from streams, extract the gold, and then return the sediment to the stream. Federal law not only permits but encourages suction dredge mining, even on federal lands, while states retain the right to require permits and regulate environmental impacts. Unsatisfied with this balanced approach, California banned suction-dredge mining entirely. Brandon Rinehart, who profitably mined his Nugget Alley claim in the Plumas National Forest for years, was convicted of violating the ban over his defense that the ban is preempted by the federal Mining Act of 1872.

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By James S. Burling

Weekly litigation update—January 13, 2018

PLF asks the Michigan Supreme Court to stop theft by tax collectors, the ongoing fight to defend public land access for all, and more U.S. Supreme Court activity.

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By Christina M. Martin

PLF asks Michigan Supreme Court to stop theft by tax collectors

For the sake of justice, the Michigan Supreme Court should step in and secure to Uri Rafaeli, Andre Ohanessian, and people across Michigan what rightfully belongs to them.

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By Jeffrey W. McCoy

The costs (and lack of benefits) of designating a national monument

PLF has joined with Utahns to defend the reduction in the Bears Ears Monument.

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By Caleb R. Trotter

8th Circuit endorses extreme deference to the government

This case would be an excellent vehicle to resolve a major problem and strike a significant blow on the side of economic liberty.

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By Mark Miller

Hannity covers PLF’s Markle case now pending at the Supreme Court

The U.S. Supreme Court announced it would continue considering whether to grant review in PLF’s important Endangered Species Act case.

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By James S. Burling

Weekly litigation report—January 6, 2017

A win for property owners throughout California, Another twist in another abusive wetlands prosecution, and PLF files its opening brief in a First Amendment case before the Supreme Court.

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By Wen Fa

PLF files opening brief at Supreme Court in Minnesota Voters Alliance v. Mansky

PLF is fighting for the Free Speech rights of voters of every political viewpoint, regardless of whether they wish to express their affinity for the Tea Party or the AFL-CIO.

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By Pacific Legal Foundation

PLF mourns the passing of our friend and colleague, Reed Hopper

It is with deep sadness that we convey the news that our longtime friend and colleague, Senior Attorney Reed Hopper, tragically passed away on Christmas.

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By Jonathan Wood

A win for property owners throughout California

For years, Oakland has treated small property owners as a piggy bank, demanding ever growing penalties for minor, alleged building code violations and denying property owners any legitimate opportunity to defend themselves. But thanks to a PLF victory in the California Court of Appeal, that abuse will come to an end.

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