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Month: May 2010

May 28, 2010

A whirlwind of unexpected twists in the Hurricane Katrina global warming suit

Author:  Luke A. Wake Recently I posted on our filing in Comer v. Murphy Oil - a case that environmentalists hoped would open the floodgates for suits against large corporations as a back-door means of addressing the climate change issue. Here we had a couple property owners suing energy companies because their property had been damaged ...

May 28, 2010

PLF's Timothy Sandefur to talk about worm droppings on the radio tonight

Author: Timothy Sandefur Tonight, at 7:30 Pacific, I'll be talking with KOGO's Chris Reed about the case of George Hahn, the southern California entrepreneur whose fertilizer, Worm Gold, has been declared a "pesticide" by state bureaucrats, even though it's made of worm droppings–a natural part of all normal garden ...

May 28, 2010

Favorable ruling in the Delta smelt case

Author:  Damien M. Schiff Yesterday evening, the court issued its ruling on the preliminary injunction motion filed in the Delta smelt consolidated cases.  Below is a quick resume of the decision.  Bottom line, however, is that the cutbacks are illegal, but the court is not yet prepared to order immediate relief. 1. The baseline i ...

May 27, 2010

Columbia University's eminent domain case

Author: Timothy Sandefur Damon Root at Reason magazine has a story about the Columbia University eminent domain case. (That case is scheduled for oral argument before New York's highest court on Tuesday, and I will be live-blogging it over at that day.) Writes Root: As lead attorney and former New York Civil Libert ...

May 27, 2010

Environmental regulation: a threat to national security

Author:  Damien M. Schiff Today's Vancouver Sun has this article about a recent statement from a group of Republican lawmakers charging that environmental regulations, including those for the grizzly bear, are hampering Homeland Security's efforts effectively to patrol the Washington-British Columbia border. These protections have ena ...

May 27, 2010

Making the case for freedom

Author: Timothy Sandefur Steven Horwitz has an excellent series of brief blog posts (1, 2, 3) on how to make the argument for liberty–and how to avoid common pitfalls. Highly recommended. ...

May 27, 2010

Tide turns for victims of regulatory drought: government errors continue to mount; PLF appeals delta smelt regulations to 9th Circuit

Author: Brandon Middleton The last couple of weeks has seen good news for Californians who have lost water and jobs as a result of the Endangered Species Act. But leave it to environmental groups to express dismay over Judge Wanger's decision to give humans a voice in the regulatory process: "The last time around, he ...

May 26, 2010

The California Coastal Commission: the real nuisance

Author:  Damien M. Schiff This week, the City of Dana Point filed suit against the California Coastal Commission, alleging that the Commission has illegally asserted jurisdiction over the City's nuisance abatement ordinance.  The controversy arises out of the City's decision to close certain beach access paths late at night, owi ...

May 26, 2010

More water for humans?

Author: Brandon Middleton It looks that way due to a federal court ruling yesterday. But as the decision concerns only the federal government's salmonid biological opinion, it's not yet clear what the precise result will be–the government's delta smelt biological opinion, which has been overshadowed by the salmon biop in recent mo ...