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Month: February 2013

February 01, 2013

Thoughtcrime and liability for alleged unconscious biases

In George Orwell's dystopian novel 1984, police monitored residents of Oceania for evidence of "thoughtcrime."  In Pippen v. Iowa, a case that takes the concept of unintentional discrimination to dangerous new levels, that concept doesn't seem too far away.  In Pippen, several black employees and job applicants filed a lawsuit claiming that the e ...

February 01, 2013

CEQA in the crosshairs!

PLF attorneys have been involved in California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) cases from the law’s inception, to keep the government honest and to protect private property rights.  We recently filed two amicus pleadings in the California Supreme Court that are discussed here and here. Now, it appears, that legislators are concerned the Act ...

February 01, 2013

School Choice Week 2013: School choice week round-up

Last year at this time we highlighted 2011’s greatest school choice victory, Arizona Christian School Tuition Organization v. Winn.  In that case, the United States Supreme Court authorized tax credits for private schools.  By holding that the plaintiffs did not have taxpayer standing to pursue their claim, the Supreme Court basically ensur ...

February 01, 2013

President's weekly report — February 1, 2013

Individual Rights — Defending the right to petition our government. Hollingsworth v. Perry in the U.S. Supreme Court. We addressed the question whether sponsors of initiatives have standing to defend those initiatives in court — especially when a state’s attorney general refuses to defend the measure. PLF's amicus brief, filed on ...

February 04, 2013

"Screwed by the Town"— When land use codes kill free speech

It is said that a person’s home is his castle, but it is apparently not a personal billboard, at least according to a recent decision from the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals. In Brown v. Town of Cary, 2013 U.S. App. LEXIS 1423 (4th Cir., Jan 22, 2013), that court held that a homeowner had ...

February 04, 2013

Alan DeSerio talks wood stork downlisting on NPR

NPR's All Things Considered interviewed PLF's Alan DeSerio about the wood stork's imminent change from "endangered" to "threatened" status.  As I wrote last month, the proposed status change comes after years of PLF pressuring the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to follow its own rules: If an animal is no longer endangered, the government should ...

February 05, 2013

Kitsap County rejects non-conforming use designation for shoreline homes

For nearly a decade, PLF was locked in litigation with Kitsap County over its critical areas ordinance.  Although the ordinance was ultimately upheld, we scored quite a few wins along the way. One of those wins may have turned the tide on a growing trend among local governments of addressing conflicts between homes and newly ...

February 06, 2013

How much does it cost to give money away?

A great video from our friends at LearnLiberty.org ...

February 06, 2013

PLF joins legal fight over Eagle Mine

The first new copper and nickel mine to open in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula in decades should be up and running next year.  After passing intensive environmental review, Eagle Mine obtained all state approvals necessary to begin operations.  It will soon employ hundreds of workers and will be an economic bright spot in a part of ...

February 06, 2013

Happy Birthday, Mr. President

Today we celebrate the 102nd birthday of Ronald Reagan.  Our friends at the Heritage Foundation have a number of posts celebrating the life of President Reagan, and particularly his importance to the cause of economic freedom. President Reagan has a special place in the history of PLF, which was formed by attorneys from then-Governor Reagan’ ...

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