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Month: November 2010

November 30, 2010

PLF asks Supreme Court to review Ninth Circuit’s hostility towards private sector

Author: Brandon Middleton I blogged a couple of months ago about the Kaiser Eagle Mountain case, where Kaiser (a private company) has faced an incredible amount of regulatory hurdles in its attempt to help address a significant public policy issue in Southern California.  While Southern California has seen substantial population growth over t ...

November 30, 2010

CPR’s short and misleading report on the health care cases

Author: Timothy Sandefur Capital Public Radio's John Sepulvado has a brief report here (reprinted here) about the Obamacare lawsuits that misrepresents my actual comments and inaccurately says that if Obamacare is overturned California would "lose billions of federal dollars." We'll take the second point first. California already stands to lose bil ...

November 30, 2010

Begging for Billionaires available on Amazon

Author: Timothy Sandefur Here's a shoutout to the excellent documentary about eminent domain abuse in Missouri, Begging for Billionaires, now available on DVD on An excellent holiday gift for the property rights advocate in your family. Here's a preview, featuring PLF client Homer Tourkakis talking about his fight against ...

November 29, 2010

Mandatory health insurance lawsuits—a brief look at the other arguments

Author: Timothy Sandefur There are now 20 federal lawsuits going forward challenging the Obama Administration's health care law—variously known as "Obamacare" or "PPACA." Four lawsuits—one filed in Arizona, another in D.C.,one in Tennessee, and one in Arkansas—have been dismissed. That leaves cases pending in federal courts in New Jersey, New ...

November 29, 2010

“The Right to Earn A Living” Midwest Tour Dec. 6-10

Author: Timothy Sandefur I'll be speaking at an event sponsored by Missouri's Show Me Institute on December 6th at 6 p.m. in downtown Kansas City, Mo. I hope I'll see some of PLF's many nationwide friends there! Click here for more information, and to register, click here. On Dec. 7th, I'll be speaking in Topeka at ...

November 25, 2010

Thanksgiving: a moment of gratitude

Author: Timothy Sandefur We spend a lot of time calling attention to injustices committed by governments all across this country—taking people's property, depriving them of economic liberty, judging them by the color of their skin. Sometimes it can get you down about the state of things, and it doesn't help that political rhetoric sometimes gets ...

November 24, 2010

The polar bear economic farce

Author:  Damien M. Schiff Today the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service issued a final critical habitat designation for the polar bear.  The designation covers over 180,000 square miles.  Yet the Service estimates that the economic impact of the designation, over a 29-year period, will amount to less than $700,000 total, or just $54,00 ...

November 24, 2010

Second Circuit sides with PLF on speech rights in health care

Author: Timothy Sandefur The Second Circuit Court of Appeals in New York issued a decision yesterday striking down a Vermont law that barred the sale of certain information to drug companies unless the prescriber–say, the pharmacist—consented.  Drug companies use such information to find out who's prescribing what and where, and this allo ...

November 24, 2010

Fish and Wildlife Service will review four species singled out in PLF lawsuit

Author: Daniel Himebaugh Today we learned that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service–the agency in charge of administering the Endangered Species Act–will be initiating status review of four species listed as endangered or threatened in Washington State: the northern spotted owl, Oregon silverspot butterfly, showy stickseed, and Wenatchee ...

November 24, 2010

The story of Thanksgiving

Author: Timothy Sandefur Reason has a great video explaining why Thanksgiving is really a holiday celebrating private property rights. ...