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Month: June 2014

June 30, 2014

"Tim the Lawyer" explains today's Supreme Court decisions on Armstrong & Getty

This morning I was in studio to talk about today’s two big Supreme Court decisions with Armstrong and Getty. If you missed it, you can listen here. And you can learn more about Hobby Lobby here and the union fees case here. ...

June 30, 2014

Supreme Court upholds religious freedom rights of business owners

Today's decision in the Hobby Lobby case represents a narrow but important victory for business owners across the United States. The Court ruled that the "contraception mandate" provision of Obamacare violates a federal statute called the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA, or "riffra" for short), which restricts the conditions on which the go ...

June 30, 2014

US Supreme Court declines to hear Drakes Bay Oyster Company appeal

Pacific Legal Foundation is very disappointed that the court declined to hear this very important case.  For now, Americans in certain parts of the country will remain subject to second class citizenship, because the federal courts are closed to them when federal agencies terminate their permits and licenses, even when those actions destroy jobs ...

June 30, 2014

Harris v. Quinn: Victory for workers!

In Harris v. Quinn, the Supreme Court today struck down an Illinois executive order and law that declares all personal home healthcare assistants to be public employees, for the sole purpose of being represented by a union that seeks to lobby for greater government spending (Medicaid) on home healthcare. Under the Illinois law, the Service ...

June 30, 2014

Tom Sullivan discusses today's Supreme Court decisions with PLF's Timothy Sandefur

I joined Fox Radio’s Tom Sullivan this afternoon to talk about the Hobby Lobby case and the Quinn case, both important victories for economic freedom and the First Amendment. If you missed it, you can listen online here. ...

June 30, 2014

Supreme Court denies cert in Minority TV free speech case

Today the Supreme Court denied cert in a First Amendment challenge to the FCC’s ban on certain types of paid advertising on public television stations. The ban prohibits commercials for for-profit businesses and politicians, but allows the stations to broadcast ads for non-profit entities. The Minority Television Project (Minority TV), a publ ...

June 30, 2014

Is there any limit to the Takings Clause's Public Use requirement?

Last week, the Utah Supreme Court revived a challenge to the Utah Department of Transportation’s abuse of eminent domain. The Department needed a small part (1.2 acres) of a larger parcel (15 acres) for a light rail project. Instead of condemning the part of the property necessary for the project, the Department decided to take ...

June 30, 2014

Nevada bureaucrats: we need to "vet" people before they exercise First Amendment rights

Retired Police Detective and PLF client Troy Castillo The right to speak freely isn’t just for political candidates; it’s also a central part of the right to earn a living. That’s why PLF’s Economic Liberty Project is in court fighting for Troy Castillo’s right to work as a private investigator without being subject ...

June 28, 2014

Whittling away at NFIB v. Sebelius, the SCOTUS way

After the Supreme Court's decision in NFIB v. Sebelius came out, David Franklin hailed Chief Justice Roberts' decision in Slate Magazine.  The decision shocked many who thought Roberts would join the conservatives in striking down Obamacare, but Franklin praised Roberts for saving Court's credibility, noting that "a 5-4 decision to strike down Oba ...

June 27, 2014

President's weekly report — June 27, 2014

Tort Reform — Victories in California Supreme Court We received a couple of nice decisions this week from the California Supreme Court.  First, there was this decision in Verdugo v. Target, the case where the widow of a  heart-attack victim, who died while shopping at Target, alleged that Target had a duty to provide an automated ...