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President's weekly report — December 31, 2015

December 31, 2015 | By ROB RIVETT

School choice supported in Montana PLF sued the Montana Department of Revenue to fight a rule that forbids children who want to attend religious school from getting scholarship assistance. In May 2015, Montana became the 43rd state to adopt a school choice law. The law creates a tax incentive for individuals and businesses to donate money to  ...

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Is the NCAA ban on felon coaches discriminatory? (hint : no)

December 30, 2015 | By WENCONG FA

The NCAA sponsors high school basketball tournaments and prohibits anyone who has been convicted of a felony from coaching in them. Dominic Hardie, a black high school basketball coach with felony conviction for drug possession on his record, has sued the NCAA for racial discrimination. But how could that be? Few would associate the NCAA ban w ...

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PLF Atlantic Center ends year in the papers and on a high note

December 30, 2015 | By MARK MILLER

Florida Today reports on its front page this morning that the federal government intends to downlist the manatee from endangered to threatened in the coming year. The report prominently features Pacific Legal Foundation and its role in pushing the feds to follow the law. Reporter Jim Waymer explains: The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service expects ...

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California ranchers concerned about the gray wolf

December 30, 2015 | By DAMIEN SCHIFF

Last week, The Sacramento Bee reported on the concerns of ranchers in Northern California’s Siskiyou County about how to deal with the influx of the gray wolf into the state … ...

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PLF sues over discrimination against religious students

December 29, 2015 | By ETHAN BLEVINS

PLF sued the Montana Department of Revenue yesterday to fight a rule that forbids children who want to attend religious school from getting scholarship assistance. In May 2015, Montana became the 43rd state to adopt a school choice law. The law creates a tax incentive for individuals and businesses to donate money to a scholarship fund to help ...

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PLF attorneys discuss the Hawkes case

December 29, 2015 | By BRIAN HODGES

Earlier today, Jurist published an article from PLF attorneys Brian T. Hodges and Damien Schiff in which they discuss the importance of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers v. Hawkes Co., Inc. The article can be read here. … ...

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Obamacare's violation of the Origination Clause should not go unredressed

December 29, 2015 | By TIMOTHY SANDEFUR

Today, we filed the final paperwork asking the Supreme Court to take our lawsuit on behalf of Matt Sissel, which argues that the Individual Mandate “tax” is unconstitutional because it originated in the Senate, instead of the House of Representatives, as the Constitution commands. We filed our original petition in October, and after a m ...

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PLF asks NC supreme Court to decide "public trust" beach takings case

December 29, 2015 | By J. DAVID BREEMER

On December 9, 2015, PLF attorneys asked the North Carolina Supreme Court to review the Court of Appeals’  published decision in Nies v. Town of Emerald Isle. In that case, described more fully here, the Court of Appeals concluded, for the first time in state history, that the public and government may enter and occupy … ...

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Native Hawaiian self-governance case heats up

December 28, 2015 | By MERIEM L. HUBBARD

Last summer, six Hawaiian residents filed a lawsuit in federal court, challenging the constitutionality of a provision allowing Native Hawaiians to hold an election of delegates, a convention, and a referendum.  This process is designed to further self-determination and self-governance by achieving federal tribal status for Native Hawaiians and se ...