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Month: February 2015

February 27, 2015

President's weekly report — February 27, 2015

Overcriminalization and the fishy abuse of Sarbanes-Oxley The United States Supreme Court issued a good decision in Yates v. United States, in favor of fisherman John Yates.  As described in our blog,  because Yates threw some undersized fish overboard after an inspection, Yates was charged with violating the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, a post-Enron st ...

February 27, 2015

How business friendly is Nevada, really?

The Sacramento Bee‘s Dale Kasler has an in-depth article about our latest Competitor’s Veto lawsuit, challenging Nevada’s laws that bar people from starting moving businesses, limo companies, or taxi businesses, if they would compete with existing companies. As he points out, Nevada has tried hard to persuade California business o ...

February 27, 2015

PLF's Timothy Sandefur joins Armstrong & Getty at 9

I’ll be in studio with Armstrong & Getty at 9 am Pacific this morning. You can listen online here. Update: If you missed it, you can listen to the podcast here. ...

February 26, 2015

Rescuing teachers from the grasp of forced unionism

California law forces all public school teachers to pay chargeable dues to the labor union that represents them, regardless of whether they are union members.  California law also forces all public school teachers to pay nonchargeable union dues unless they expressly opt-out of those payments.  A nonunion public school teacher has only six weeks ...

February 26, 2015

Daily Journal publishes PLF op ed on Yates v. U.S.

Earlier today, the San Francisco Daily Journal published Pacific Legal Foundation's op-ed on the Yates v. United States decision handed down by the Supreme Court of the United States this week.  In the piece, we laud the Supreme Court’s important—and correct—decision. The op-ed expands on the point PLF made in its amicus brief on behal ...

February 25, 2015

This morning's catch at the Supreme Court of the United States

The news this morning brought word that the Supreme Court of the United States ruled in favor of Captain John Yates of the Miss Katie in his eight-year battle with the federal government about some undersized fish he caught. Pacific Legal Foundation filed an amicus brief supporting Captain Yates, and find much to like about the ...

February 25, 2015

UPDATE: Anastasia Boden on the Kevin Wall show

I’ll be on the Kevin Wall show at 9:05 am PST to talk about Competitor’s Veto laws and our fight for economic liberty in Nevada.  Tune in here, or if you’re in Nevada, listen on KKFT 99.1FM. UPDATE: You can listen to the interview here. ...

February 25, 2015

Supreme Court gives entrepreneurs a tool to fight back

Moments ago, the United States Supreme Court issued its decision in North Carolina Board of Dental Examiners v. FTC, an antitrust lawsuit in which the Federal Trade Commission sued a state agency that regulates the practice of the dental industry. The Board claimed that it was immune from antitrust laws, and could therefore prohibit people ...

February 24, 2015

North Carolina Supreme Court to decide constitutionality of vouchers

Today the North Carolina Supreme Court heard argument in two cases that are of vital interest to approximately 1,800 of the state's school children. The lawsuits target the school voucher program that has given these low-income kids new hope by allowing them to enroll in private schools.  PLF attorneys filed an amicus brief, with assistance from ...

February 24, 2015

Seeking Supreme Court review of anti-arbitration decision

In September, we reported on a New Jersey Supreme Court decision that undermines the freedom of contract and treats the state's consumers like children, unable to choose how to resolve disputes without explanatory language included within the contract itself. The case, Atalese v. U.S. Legal Services Group (a private company), invalided a contract c ...