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Month: September 2015

September 30, 2015

Race and Charter Schools in the Big Apple

PLF regularly files briefs in support of parents’ ability to take their children out of the public school system and send them to charter schools. Charter schools are particularly important for poor and minority children who have no choice but to attend low-performing neighborhood schools. Without choice in the lower grades, those childr ...

September 30, 2015

PLF’s Timothy Sandefur to testify to U.S. Senate about economic liberty and the rights of minorities

The Senate Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Oversight, Agency Action, Federal Rights, and Federal Courts is holding a hearing Tuesday called "Opportunity Denied: How Overregulation Harms Minorities." I'll be testifying about how occupational licensing laws and Competitor's Veto laws exclude would-be entrepreneurs from the marketplace—with di ...

September 30, 2015

PLF at the Supreme Court, Part I on Courting Liberty

PLF attorneys discuss petitions currently before the Supreme Court, including petitions dealing with wetlands, mandatory affordable housing, and the forced merger of parcels for the purpose of avoiding compensating landowners. In this week’s Courting Liberty Podcast, PLF Director of Litigation Jim Burling leads the discussion on PLF’s ...

September 30, 2015

Recording of 10th Circuit argument in Utah prairie dog case

The Endangered Species & Wetlands Report has obtained the recording of the Monday’s oral argument in the Utah prairie dog case. As you’ll recall, this is the constitutional challenge to the federal government’s authority to regulate any activity that affects any living thing under the Commerce Clause. As we argue, the Commerce ...

September 30, 2015

Will Cincinnati award contracts based on race?

  Last year the City of Cincinnati agreed to pay a California-based company about $1 million to analyze city contracts for evidence of discrimination. The disparity study, which was actually completed in July, was finally released to the public this week. According to one news report, the study found disparities in City contracting that may ...

September 29, 2015

Property rights & the Roberts Court

In an article published today by Engage, PLF attorneys Brian T. Hodges and Christopher M. Kieser consider the U.S. Supreme Court's most recent property rights case, Horne v. United States Department of Agriculture, in the context of the Roberts Court's property rights jurisprudence. Spoiler alert: the Court's track record is better than you'd think ...

September 29, 2015

PLF to join rally to restore water deliveries to California's Central Valley

PLF attorney Tony Francois will be one of the speakers at the Taking Back Our Water rally this Friday, October 2, 11 am – noon, at Rojas-Pierce Park in Mendota, California. If you are in the area, come and join us to learn more about how the US Fish and Wildlife Service has devastated the ...

September 28, 2015

Why conservatives still hate environmentalism

Pacific Legal Foundation does a lot of work protecting property owners from overbearing environmental regulation. Since that is how we roll, it was impossible not to notice the enthusiasm with which the environmental movement in the United States greeted last week’s visit of a certain world religious leader. PLF does not involve itself in re ...

September 28, 2015

PLF’s annual Supreme Court Preview lunch event on Oct. 2 in Washington D.C.

PLF's DC Center is proud to organize our second annual Supreme Court Preview event this Friday, October 2, at noon EDT, which we are co-hosting again with National Review and the National Review Institute. After a brief welcome and introduction by PLF, National Review's senior editor Ramesh Ponnuru will moderate the discussion. Like last year, ...

September 25, 2015

President's weekly report — September 25, 2015

Supreme Court and wetlands determinations — again? After we won Sackett on the question whether a landowner is entitled to judicial review of a wetlands ruling before facing ruinous penalties and permitting costs we had hoped the federal government would get the message.  It hasn’t.  So now we have two new petitions before the Suprem ...