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Month: March 2011

March 31, 2011

My Commonwealth Club talk about The Right to Earn A Living

Author: Timothy Sandefur On Monday, I spoke to the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco about economic liberty and the law. They've posted the video of the talk on YouTube. The talk is also going to be broadcast on Bay Area public radio, but I haven't yet heard when that will be. ...

March 31, 2011

Illinois Supreme Court agrees with PLF—limits class action lawsuit abuse

Author: Timothy Sandefur The Supreme Court of Illinois issued a decision a few days ago in Barber v. American Airlines, agreeing with PLF's friend of the court brief and overruling an old precedent that allowed lawsuits to go forward even if the defendant admitted he was wrong and paid the plaintiff everything she wanted. ...

March 31, 2011

Government by scientists?

Author:  Damien M. Schiff NRDC's Switchboard blog carried yesterday a story on a letter signed by some 1300 scientists to the US Senate, urging that body not to meddle with endangered species decisions but to leave those decisions to the experts.  NRDC's gloss on the letter states: "The message to Congress is loud and ...

March 30, 2011

Death Grip: Loosening the Law’s Stranglehold over Economic Liberty

Author: Timothy Sandefur My friend Clint Bolick has just published his new book, Death Grip: Loosening The Law's Stranglehold Over Economic Liberty, with the Hoover Institution. It looks like a great discussion of how previous Supreme Court decisions—especially the Slaughterhouse Cases—have ramifications in daily life for so many hardworking en ...

March 30, 2011

Judge Wanger deems salmon TRO and prelim. injunction motions to have been withdrawn

Author: Brandon Middleton There will no injunction issued in the immediate future in the salmon biological opinion litigation.  Judge Wanger issued the following order this afternoon: Based on the parties' filings related to the Bureau of Reclamation's projection that, due to hydrologic conditions, Action IV.2.1 will not control operations th ...

March 30, 2011

How the Nanny State killed Mothering magazine

Author: Timothy Sandefur Burdensome new regulations on toy makers have helped kill Mothering magazine after 35 years of publication. (Courtesy of, which if you aren't already reading, you should.) ...

March 30, 2011

Jerry Brown’s redevelopment plans

Author: Timothy Sandefur I was on Northern California's Armstrong & Getty show again this morning to talk about Jerry Brown's attempt to rein in the state's 400+ redevelopment agencies—the government agencies whose job it is to steal your property through eminent domain and give it to private developers. You can listen here and you can ...

March 30, 2011

When will the South Mississippi Delta get congressionally promised flood relief?

Author:  Damien M. Schiff Earlier this week, a federal court in Mississippi upheld the Environmental Protection Agency's veto of a much-needed flood control project in the Mississippi South Delta. Attorneys for PLF filed the suit on behalf of the Board of Mississippi Levee Commissioners, a state agency entrusted with protecting area resid ...

March 30, 2011

Debate on the constitutionality of Obamacare

Author: Timothy Sandefur I’ll be debating Prof. Leslie Jacobs on the constitutionality of the Individual Mandate on April 13 at noon at the Sutter Club in downtown Sacramento. Tickets are $15, and I hope we’ll have a lot of PLF’s supporters there! You can learn more here. ...

March 29, 2011

Latest filings in salmon biop litigation

Author: Brandon Middleton This afternoon in the salmon biological opinion litigation before Judge Wanger, plaintiffs Kern County Water Agency, Coalition for a Sustainable Delta, Metropolitan Water District, and State Water Contractors filed this document, followed by intervenor California Department of Water Resources' filing of this document.& ...