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Year: 2015

January 01, 2015

George Will proclaims PLF victory “this year’s most encouraging development in governance”

 Julie Bruner, daughter of PLF client Raleigh Bruner, holds the injunction that allowed her father’s business to stay open George Will's New Year's Day column focuses on PLF's victory on behalf of Kentucky entrepreneur Raleigh Bruner and his moving company, Wildcat Moving. As Liberty Blog readers will recall, Bruner's company was almost shut ...

January 05, 2015

Free Thoughts Podcast on economic liberty and the Constitution

In the latest Free Thoughts Podcast at, I talk with Trevor Burrus and Aaron Ross Powell about the right to earn a living. ...

January 05, 2015

Law students! Spend the summer litigating for liberty

Law students: don’t forget, PLF has two openings for summer law clerk positions in its Sacramento office this summer. These are paid positions, but more importantly, they’re a great way to spend the summer working for a cause you believe in! Click here for more info. ...

January 05, 2015

Oral argument set in PLF's challenge to two EPA greenhouse gas emissions standards

I’ll be arguing in the D.C. Circuit this Friday, January 9, 2015, that EPA’s greenhouse gas standards for new cars and trucks should be reversed because EPA failed to comply with a nondiscretionary statutory requirement to submit the rules for peer review to a blue-ribbon panel of experts known as the Science Advisory Board.  EPA ack ...

January 06, 2015

The flawed freedom

Today in 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt delivered a landmark speech known as the “Four Freedoms.”  The speech focuses on the looming threat of world war, but he concludes by listing four freedoms that he deemed essential.  FDR’s first two freedoms, freedom of speech and of worship, broke no new ground.  The fourth,  ...

January 07, 2015

RIP Martin Anderson

Martin Anderson, who served as an advisor to the Reagan Administration and as a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, died this week at the age of 78. Although many obituaries note his White House work and his later scholarship on President Reagan’s life, it’s worth remembering that Anderson was also one of the first scholars ...

January 08, 2015

New York Court Hears Firefighters' Title VII Case

On Tuesday the New York Court of Appeals–New York’s highest court–heard argument in Margerum v. City of Buffalo, a case brought by white firefighters who were not promoted because of their race. The City of Buffalo allowed the fire department’s promotional eligibility lists to expire, because the next applicants in line fo ...

January 08, 2015

Ringing in the new year with news of court victories for liberty

The new year has brought news of victories for liberty across the fruited plain. Earlier this week, the Weston (Ct.) Forum reported on a five-million dollar jury verdict in favor of a property owner and against the town of Weston for illegally preventing that property owner from developing its property. This property-rights case, like PLF’s ...

January 09, 2015

President's weekly report — January 9, 2015

United States Supreme Court — awaiting orders in three of our cases We’re hoping for good news on Monday when the Court is set to issue orders in three of our cases: Stewart & Jasper Orchards v. Jewell (whether the biological opinion for the Delta Smelt should consider the economic devastation of Central Valley farmers ...

January 12, 2015

President's weekly — update on January 9th's post

Supreme Court denies 3 cert petitions — but we’ll be back The Supreme Court today denied our petitions in Stewart & Jasper Orchards v. Jewell (whether the biological opinion for the Delta Smelt should consider the economic devastation of Central Valley farmers and farmworkers);Kentner v. City of Sanibel Island (whether property is ...