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Month: September 2011

September 30, 2011

Lou Dobbs interviews PLF attorney Damien Schiff and clients Mike & Chantell Sackett

Author:  Anne Hayes On Thursday night, Lou Dobbs of Fox Business Channel's Lou Dobbs Tonight did a follow-up interview with Mike and Chantell Sackett and PLF attorney Damien Schiff about how the case is proceeding, and discusses some of the other people and officials who are becoming concerned with and involved in this outrageous abuse ...

September 30, 2011

The Orange County Register talks delta smelt

Author: Brandon Middleton With a nice mention of PLF. ...

September 30, 2011

Property rights: the little guy's best friend

Author: Timothy Sandefur Our friends at the Institute for Humane Studies have prepared an excellent short video with Prof. Aeon Skoble, about how property rights protect people who lack political influence: ...

September 30, 2011

Court allows PLF case against Coastal Commission to go forward

Author: Paul J. Beard II Earlier this month, the San Luis Obispo Superior Court delivered a nice win to PLF client, SDS Family Trust, in its fight against the California Coastal Commission. The Family is suing the Commission for extorting a mile-long public access easement across its coastal property as a condition of obtaining a ...

September 29, 2011

Supremes deny review in Coastal Commission case

Author: Paul Beard II Yesterday, the California Supreme Court denied our petition for review in Citizens for a Better Eureka v. California Coastal Commission. The case challenged the California Coastal Commission’s power to stop a locally approved clean-up effort on contaminated property in Eureka, California. PLF represented Citizens for a B ...

September 29, 2011

Obamacare at the Supreme Court's front door

Author: Timothy Sandefur Cato's Ilya Shapiro has a helpful rundown of what's going on with the Supreme Court and Obamacare. ...

September 28, 2011

"Yes, the Deck Is Stacked in Favor of the Government"

Author: Brandon Middleton Holey Foag's Seth Jaffe on the recent delta smelt litigation developments: The public perception is that big, bad corporations can just spend as much money as necessary to win in court. Those of us in the trenches know that the reality differs. . . . In a bench ruling earlier this month, ...

September 28, 2011

Fifth Circuit holds Severance v. Patterson "rolling beach easement" case is not moot

Author: J. David Breemer Today, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a short order denying Texas State Officials' motion to hold the Severance v. Patterson rolling beach easement case moot.  The Court thus declined to rescind the questions it had previously sent to the Texas Supreme Court about the legality of ...

September 27, 2011

Victory! Court upholds reduced "critical habitat" for bighorn sheep

Author: Reed Hopper     One of the most onerous provisions of the Endangered Species Act is the "critical habitat" provision. Under the ESA, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is generally required to designate habitat essential for the conservation of a protected species.  The resulting "critical ...

September 26, 2011

George Will features PLF's Timothy Sandefur in column on economic liberty

Author: Timothy Sandefur George Will's latest column focuses on the right to earn a living, and the many ways government deprives people of this right to serve the interests of politically influential, established industries, and he mentions several PLF economic liberty cases: In the Cato Institute's journal Regulation, Timothy Sandefur of the cons ...