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Month: December 2015

December 31, 2015

President's weekly report — December 31, 2015

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 ...

December 31, 2015

PLF's Director of Litigation recaps big PLF victories of 2015

PLF Director of Litigation James Burling appeared on the Andy Caldwell show to discuss noteworthy and landmark legal victories across the United States for Pacific Legal Foundation in 2015, including victories in Bowman/SDS Family Trust v. California Coastal Commission, The Crafted Keg v. Lawson, and People for the Ethical Treatment of Property Ow ...

December 30, 2015

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

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 ...

December 30, 2015

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

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 ...

December 30, 2015

California ranchers concerned about the gray wolf

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 ...

December 29, 2015

PLF sues over discrimination against religious students

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 ...

December 29, 2015

PLF attorneys discuss the Hawkes case

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. ...

December 29, 2015

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

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 ...

December 29, 2015

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

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 ...

December 29, 2015

PLF challenges discriminatory regulation in federal court on Courting Liberty

PLF is representing parents and schools in challenging a Department of Revenue rule that prevents parents from using privately funding scholarship to send their children to religious schools. Listen to this week’s Courting Liberty podcast for in-depth analysis of the upcoming case. For a quick summary of the case, we invite you to watch the ...

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