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Month: September 2010

September 30, 2010

Extinction false alarms?

Author: Daniel Himebaugh Mail Online is running this story, which highlights a new study that found "a third of all mammal species declared extinct in the past few centuries have turned up alive and well." ...

September 30, 2010

PLF on the radio: reclassifying the wood stork

Author: Joshua Thompson PLF principal attorney Reed Hopper will be interviewed on Fox News Radio (Ft. Myers 92.5 FM) at 8:30 a.m. EST on Friday, October 1st. Reed will discuss PLF's lawsuit on behalf of the Florida Home Builders Association which forced the US Fish & Wildlife Service to review the classification of all endangered spec ...

September 30, 2010

Washington Supreme Court limits inverse condemnation defenses

Author: Brian T. Hodges  Earlier this month, Washington's Supreme Court issued its long-awaited inverse condemnation decision in Fitzpatrick v. Okanogan County.  The case arose from a joint state/local project to protect a state highway from flood damage by diking the Methow River.  The diking project, however, blocked the river's ...

September 30, 2010

Leave no doubt about where you stand!

Pacific Legal Foundation is pleased to announce its new "NO to Government Mandated Health Care" bumper stickers and t-shirts! PLF is currently litigating against the national health care mandate on behalf of Matt Sissel, a former Iraq war medic and now a small businessman in Iowa City, Iowa.  Show your support for Matt and for ...

September 30, 2010

Fish and Wildlife Service infighting

Author:  Damien M. Schiff This week's New York Times Greenwire had an interesting article on Benjamin Tuggle, the Service's Southwest Regional Director.  Mr. Tuggle's tenure has been controversial for a number of reasons—fining of humanitarians who leave water bottles for illegal immigrants in wildlife refuges, for exa ...

September 29, 2010

Farmers dodge a bullet!

Author: Reed Hopper For decades, the Corps of Engineers has exempted from federal regulation so called prior converted croplands.  These are wetlands that have been put to agricultural use prior to 1986.  In 1993, the Corps issued a formal rulemaking that stated these wetlands would continue to be exempt from federal regulation unless t ...

September 29, 2010

The largest class action lawsuit in history

Author: Timothy Sandefur …is Dukes v. Wal-Mart, a discrimination case in which the class of plaintiffs is larger than the entire United States military. The class is made up of every woman who's ever worked at Wal-Mart, give or take a few, and earlier this year, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the trial ...

September 29, 2010

Muggery or skullduggery? How Oregon takes your money without “taking” it

Author: Brian T. Hodges Imagine, if you will, a criminal defendant on trial for robbery.  In his defense, the mugger argues that when he pointed a pistol at Joe citizen's head and demanded "your money or your life, " he wasn't stealing.  No, stealing is such an ugly word.  The mugger was simply allowing Joe ...

September 29, 2010

Briefing congressional staff about economic freedom

Author: Timothy Sandefur The video of the Capitol Hill Briefing that I and Cato's Ilya Shapiro participated in last week is now online. I discuss the history of economic liberty and why America needs a new civil rights act to protect economic liberty. ...

September 28, 2010

Gov. Schwarzenegger ponders expanding the abuse of eminent domain in California

Author: Timothy Sandefur California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is currently considering whether to sign legislation that would expand the use of eminent domain for redevelopment throughout the Los Angeles area. Ziggy Kruse has more at the City Watch blog. Remember, California is the only state to have actually expanded its eminent domain power ...