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Month: August 2011

August 31, 2011

The delta smelt X2 decision: the good, the bad, and the ugly

Author: Brandon Middleton I'm sure much will be said in response to Judge Wanger's decision to enjoin the United States Fish and Wildlife Service's X2 action.  And given the length and complexity of the court's opinion, there's no way one blog post could highlight every significant aspect of today's decision.  He ...

August 31, 2011

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's delta smelt X2 action enjoined

Author: Brandon Middleton In a 140 page decision issued late this morning, Judge Wanger enjoined the United States Fish and Wildlife Service's implementation of the agency's Fall X2 action.  The decision may be found here. In a nutshell, this means the government will not be able to restrict water deliveries as much as it wants ...

August 31, 2011

Upcoming PLF events

PLF attorneys will be speaking soon at events across the country–and even around the world! Don’t forget to check ...

August 31, 2011

How's that eminent domain/redevelopment thing working out for ya?

Author: Timothy Sandefur The city of New London, Connecticut, spent a decade and tens of millions of dollars to destroy Susette Kelo's neighborhood—and replace it, literally, with a dump. Don't forget, in Kelo, the Supreme Court emphasized that "the takings before us…would be executed pursuant to a ‘carefully considered' develop ...

August 30, 2011

Vituperation watch: Legal Planet

Author: Joshua Thompson I really enjoyed this post from Legal Planet. In it, the blogger castigates PLF for supporting the plaintiffs in Save the Plastic Bag Coalition v. City of Manhattan Beach, because a win for the plaintiffs would result in an increase in "environmental bureaucratic red tape." So why did PLF file an amicus ...

August 30, 2011

PLF appeals faulty polar bear decision

Author: Reed Hopper In June of this year the D.C. District Court upheld the listing of the polar bear as a "threatened" species without ever answering the fundamental question: How is a thriving species threatened with extinction?  In a previous post we discuss how the court got the decision wrong.  Last week, PLF ...

August 29, 2011

PLF's Timothy Sandefur speaks at Cato Constitution Day event

Author: Timothy Sandefur I will be speaking at the Cato Institute's Constitution Day symposium on Sept. 15 in Washington, D.C. I'll be appearing on panel IV: Looking Ahead to The October 2011 Term. I believe you can watch the event online, but it's better to attend in person if you can. You can register here. ...

August 26, 2011

A new chapter at the Coastal Commission?

Author:  Paul J. Beard II That's the question I ask in an opinion editorial published in today's San Francisco Chronicle, in light of Executive Director Peter Douglas's recent announcement that he is retiring.   If you can't pick up a copy of the Chronicle, read it on-line and offer your comments about what you think. ...

August 26, 2011

Property rights in the 21st century

Author: Timothy Sandefur The latest video release from is my talk, a few years ago, in Washington, D.C., on the subject of property rights in 21st century America. It related of course, to my then-new book. ...

August 25, 2011

The next steps in the Obamacare cases

Author: Timothy Sandefur Cato's Ilya Shapiro has a breakdown of the next tactical steps in the Obamacare case, including a kind reference to PLF's brief in the Thomas More Law Center case. Note that the federal government has asked the Supreme Court for an extension of time to respond in that case until the Fourth Circuit ...