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Month: November 2017

November 30, 2017

PLF testifies on WOTUS rule

One of the most contentious federal regulations published in recent decades is the ill-fated and  ill-legitimate "waters of the United States" or "WOTUS" rule that was issued by the Corps and EPA over the objections of Corps experts who argued the EPA misrepresented the science and misapplied the law. ...

November 28, 2017

California Supreme Court upholds compulsory arbitration for agriculture

The California Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of California's "mandatory mediation and conciliation" process for labor disputes between agricultural employers and unions. ...

November 28, 2017

Ninth Circuit affirms prison for man who built ponds without permit

The Ninth Circuit issued a disappointing decision affirming the federal conviction of a Montana man for building some ponds without a Clean Water Act permit. ...

November 27, 2017

Yes, President Trump Can Replace Richard Cordray with an Acting Director

On Friday, Richard Cordray resigned as director of the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau. Today, two people are claiming to be the lawful acting director of the CFPB. ...

November 27, 2017

Supreme Court denies review in federal reserved water rights case

The water district petitioners had asked the High Court to review the Ninth Circuit's precedent-setting decision holding that the doctrine of federal reserved water rights is not limited to surface water. ...

November 27, 2017

Endangered Species Act Bureaucrats Are Playing Word Games That Cost Billions Of Dollars

The government's environmental scientists must start behaving more like real scientists and less like politicized bureaucrats. We all need to know—we all deserve to know—what they mean by the words they use. ...

November 22, 2017

Seattle’s Income Tax on ‘the Rich’ Has Collateral Damage: The Poor

Once again, a "progressive" plan turns out, in practice, to operate more like the Sheriff of Nottingham than Robin Hood. ...

November 22, 2017

PLF files reply brief in Markle

Pacific Legal Foundation filed its reply brief with the Supreme Court of the United States in Markle v. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, an important Endangered Species Act case involving another example of federal government unconstitutional overreach. ...

November 20, 2017

Arizona Supreme Court ignores voters’ intent in decision interpreting constitutional limitations on taxation

Last Friday, the Arizona Supreme Court issued its decision in Biggs v. Betlach, a case brought by a group of Arizona legislators challenging the imposition of a hospital charge to pay for state Medicaid expansion. ...

November 20, 2017

Feds turn flood insurance into a tool for land grabs in Oregon

When zoning and planning decisions are made for your community, which level of government should make the call? ...