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Month: July 2018

July 30, 2018

Victory in ‘Starry Night’ mural case illustrates free speech in action

Originally published by The Hill, July 30, 2018. The mural that adorns the exterior of Nancy Nemhauser and Lubek Jastrzebski’s Mount Dora, Florida, residence has become famous in its own right. In the style of Vincent van Gogh’s masterpiece, “The Starry Night,” it’s a homage to a beloved artwork that also incorporates ...

July 28, 2018

Weekly litigation update — July 28, 2016

Appeal filed to rescue vaping lawsuit from being sucked into the Swamp When PLF first developed its litigation strategy to challenge unconstitutionally promulgated rules, a core component of that strategy was filing three simultaneous lawsuits in three district courts challenging the FDA's vaping regulation. But the federal government would prefer ...

July 27, 2018

Cato and NFIB urge the Supreme Court to review Florida property rights decision

This week, our friends at the Cato Institute and NFIB Small Business Legal Center filed an excellent friend-of-the-court-brief supporting our clients in Pacetta, LLC v. Town of Ponce Inlet.  The case arose after Simone and Lyder Johnson set out to build their dream home in Ponce Inlet, Florida.  After the Town encouraged them to plan ...

July 27, 2018

Joe Robertson retains PLF to take his case to the Supreme Court

Pacific Legal Foundation is proud to have been asked by Joe Robertson, an elderly Navy veteran from Montana, to represent him in the Supreme Court of the United States, in his bid to overturn his conviction for violation of the Clean Water Act and damage to federal property. PLF will be asking the Supreme Court ...

July 27, 2018

PLF announces law school writing competition winners

Today Pacific Legal Foundation officially announces the winners of this year's PLF law school writing competition. We received entries from some of the top law schools in the country on a variety of topics near and dear to PLF's heart, including the "democracy voucher" anti-American concept last seen in Seattle, economic liberty, and due process. ...

July 23, 2018

Preble’s jumping mouse lawsuit notice given

Today, PLF provided notice to the Secretary of Interior and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service of its intent to bring suit to challenge the Service’s denial of the petition to delist the Preble’s meadow jumping mouse. The petition, which PLF submitted on behalf of a broad coalition of Colorado and Wyoming property owners and ...

July 21, 2018

Weekly litigation report — July 21, 2018

Total victory in the Starry Night House mural case This week the City of Mount Dora settled with PLF plaintiffs Nancy Nemhauser and Lubomir Jastrzebski in a one-sided agreement that saves the family's Van Gogh-inspired mural. The city agreed to drop its enforcement action and all fines, leaving the family free to complete the mural ...

July 19, 2018

Interior proposes ESA reforms recommended by PLF

This afternoon, the Department of Interior proposed several reforms to the way it implements the Endangered Species Act. Chief among them is to eliminate prospectively a regulation that imposes the same burdensome regulations on endangered and threatened species, despite the very different prospects they face. As longtime followers may recall, PLF ...

July 18, 2018

Victory in the Starry Night mural case!

The Starry Night House saga has finally come to a close. Last night, the Mount Dora City Council voted unanimously to approve a settlement agreement that lets homeowners Nancy Nemhauser and Lubomir Jastrzebski keep the mural on their house and a surrounding wall. The agreement also dropped all of the previously imposed fines and will ...

July 16, 2018

Foxconn project underscores the threat to property rights

Originally published by The Hill, July 16, 2018. When President Trump visited rural Wisconsin to see the first phase of construction of a Foxconn electronics manufacturing plant, he called it "an unbelievable plant, like we've never seen before." It is hoped the project will bring thousands of jobs to the area at a cost of ...