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Month: August 2016

August 31, 2016

The federal government pushes radical new agenda against farmers

PLF Director of Communications Harold Johnson hosts a discussion with PLF Senior Staff Attorney Tony Francois about Pacific Legal Foundation’s ongoing case, Duarte v. Corps of Engineers. A recent ruling against the Duarte family has major implications not only for Duarte Nursery, but for farmers across the United States. PLF attorneys repre ...

August 31, 2016

Our work for Yoopers gets some media attention

Pacific Legal Foundation’s Atlantic Center represents clients in courts all over the eastern United States. We recently agreed to represent a local government agency, the Marquette County Road Commission, in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. It may seem strange for PLF to represent a government – don’t we usually sue the government ...

August 31, 2016

PLF's challenge to warrantless searches highlighted in Long Beach Business Journal

Earlier this month, the Long Beach Business Journal published an article expressing concerns about mandatory property inspections.  Although both tenants and landlords complain about the rental inspection process, the article states that “Long Beach has not faced practices that go against any laws, but landlords and tenants are concerned th ...

August 30, 2016

RIP Joe Hicks

We received some very shocking and extremely sad news yesterday. Joe Hicks passed away at the age of 75. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Joe a number of times, most recently this past June. When I had previously met Joe, it was usually at round table discussions. When he spoke, the room stopped — ...

August 30, 2016

Federal courts and the duty to decide

Sometimes federal courts will dodge the Constitution rather than defend it. That happened with our constitutional challenge to Montana’s discriminatory school regulations. Yesterday, in Armstrong v. Kadas, we filed a brief asking the Ninth Circuit to remind the district court of its duty to exercise its jurisdiction–especially ov ...

August 29, 2016

Back to School Choice Week 2016 round-up

PLF is committed to giving parents and students a meaningful choice in education. That is why PLF attorneys work year-round to ensure that families are able to send their children to the best school to fit their educational needs. PLF attorneys litigate on behalf of those families, share their stories, and celebrate their success. We continued ...

August 29, 2016

Tuesday: PLF will join press conference on EPA’s arbitrary roadblock in Michigan

On Tuesday, August 30, I will join officials with the Marquette County Road Commission in the upper peninsula of Michigan for a press conference to discuss how the U.S. EPA is unjustifiably blocking construction of an important local road project. I’m looking forward to joining this local government in its effort to fight back against ...

August 27, 2016

Weekly litigation report — August 27, 2016

Victory over the Coastal Commission Unreasonable EPA denial of road permit Property Rights in Washington State Brief filed in Alaskan wetlands case Court asks government to respond in frog case California Supreme Court says no to miners Victory over the Coastal Commission We had this nice Statement of Decision from a California trial court in ...

August 26, 2016

PLF opposes government effort to dismiss Duarte Nursery retaliation appeal

We previously reported our appeal to the Ninth Circuit in the Duarte Nursery case. Today’s update is that the Justice Department has asked the Ninth Circuit to dismiss the appeal, which we oppose. This is part of the Corps of Engineers’ ongoing effort to avoid responsibility for its retaliation against Duarte Nursery’s exercise of ...

August 26, 2016

It doesn’t get more exciting than this!

For administrative law nerds, U.S. Tenth Circuit Court Judge Neil Gorsuch's concurring opinion this week calling for the High Court to reconsider its Chevron doctrine is about as thrilling as it gets!  Although it is hard to top, Tony Francois and I also savored the timing, given that we foreshadowed this type of opinion just ...