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Month: October 2010

October 29, 2010

A beginner's introduction to natural law

Author: Timothy Sandefur Bill Whittle has an excellent video explaining the basic principles of natural law underlying the American Constitution. ...

October 28, 2010

The continuing fight against eminent domain abuse

Author:  Damien M. Schiff Last week, PLF filed an amicus brief in support of the property owners' petition for certiorari in the United States Supreme Court in Tuck-It-Away, Inc. v. New York State Urban Development Corporation.  The case is about Columbia University's plan to extend its campus into the Manhattanville ...

October 27, 2010

Saving the Polar Bear or Obama's CO2 Agenda?

Author: Reed Hopper On October 21, the day after the first hearing on the listing challenge to the polar bear, the Pacific Legal Foundation and the Heritage Foundation co-sponsored a panel discussion on the polar bear, the Endangered Species Act, and the implications for our country.    The United States Fish and Wildlife Service, at ...

October 26, 2010

Hypocrisy as a virtue

Author: R. S. Radford Writing of John Maynard Keynes's General Theory, Henry Hazlitt once opined that the book contained much that was true, and much that was original.  Unfortunately, the parts that were true were not original, and the parts that were original were not true.  A similar criticism could be leveled at Keith J. ...

October 26, 2010

What we teach our kids about free enterprise

Author: Timothy Sandefur Here's this week's Little-Kids'-Lemonade-Stand-Shut-Down-By-Bureaucrat-With-Nothing-Better-To-Do story. Except this time it's a Jack-O-Lantern stand instead. ...

October 25, 2010

Court of Appeals: stream buffers took private property

Author: Brian T. Hodges Earlier this year, PLF stepped in to help Kipp and Marilyn Dunlap protect themselves against an uncompensated taking of their vacant residential lot in Nooksack, Washington (located just south of the Canadian border).  As you may recall, the Dunlaps purchased a quarter-acre lot with the dream of building their home the ...

October 25, 2010

Environmental activists angry over wood stork recovery

Author: Reed Hopper Although U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologists have recommended reclassifying the wood stork from endangered to threatened because the stork's range and population have doubled in recent years, activists rage over the Florida Home Builders' request that the Service take action on its own recommendation. Rather than&# ...

October 25, 2010

"Can the Endangered Species Act Compel America to Abandon Fossil Fuels?"

Author: Brandon Middleton Via the Financial Times, a nice summary by Marlo Lewis on how the Endangered Species Act may eventually be used to limit an individual's day-to-day activities.  An excerpt: Once the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) listed the polar bear as a "threatened species" on the supposition that carbon dioxide (CO2) emissio ...

October 25, 2010

Fox News covers new PLF suit against California Coastal Commission

Author:  Paul J. Beard II This morning, Fox News did a segment on our most recent lawsuit against the California Coastal Commission: SDS Family Trust v. California Coastal Commission. You won't want to miss this excellent interview of one of our clients, Denise McLaughlan, explaining the Commission's extortionate demand for a mi ...

October 25, 2010

What's it all mean?

Author: Reed Hopper After months of preparation, 15 attorneys (including myself) were sitting in the D.C. District Court last Wednesday to finally argue the much anticipated listing challenges to the polar bear.  Although the overall polar bear population is the highest in recorded history and there is no current or immediate precipitous decl ...