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June 21, 2019

Rose Knick on her Supreme Court win: “Doing the Constitution the way it’s supposed to be”

It's a rare honor to be able to tell someone they won a landmark Supreme Court case. And when I called PLF client Rose Knick to let her know she won her property rights case at the U.S. Supreme Court, in typical Rose-fashion, her first words to me were very matter-of-fact. "Tell me," she said. ...

June 21, 2019

How the Williamson County precedent violated property rights for decades

Today, the Supreme Court restored a critical right for property owners: the right to be heard in court. Rose Knick of Pennsylvania is a PLF client who's been embroiled in a years-long legal dispute with local officials over a local law that forces her to allow public access to her private farm. Rose's case, Knick v. ...

June 21, 2019

Justice for Rose: Landmark Supreme Court decision opens federal courts to property rights claims

Today, the Supreme Court gave property owners everywhere a major victory, overturning a 34-year precedent that has robbed countless individuals of their property rights. And you have an unassuming woman in rural Pennsylvania to thank. In a 5-4 opinion on Knick v. Township of Scott written by Chief Justice John Roberts, the Justices held that ...

June 20, 2019

In imperfect Gundy decision, Supreme Court opens door to strengthen separation of powers

Today the Supreme Court of the United States opened the door for future cases that might restore a separation of powers doctrine called the nondelegation principle. In the decision on the Supreme Court case Gundy v. United States, a plurality of four justices and a conditional vote by Justice Alito together concluded that, under the ...

June 19, 2019

NYC Education Chancellor Carranza’s policies of racial discrimination are causing growing concern

The chancellor of the New York City Department of Education controls many of the opportunities and policies that shape the education of New York's students. Unfortunately, the tenure of Richard Carranza, New York's current chancellor, has been controversial from the start. Shortly after his hiring in April 2018, Carranza was criticized for his late ...

June 18, 2019

Our battles against unconstitutional regulations and for separation of powers

Fighting on behalf of our clients and for our mission is an honor for all of us at PLF. While we don't work for awards or accolades, it's always nice when we receive them. PLF was recently honored to receive the Atlas Network's 2019 North American Liberty Award for our work to overturn the unconstitutional ...

June 17, 2019

A First Amendment win: Supreme Court rules the government can’t control private speech

Property and free speech rights both scored a big victory at the Supreme Court this week, when the Court decided Manhattan Community Access Corp. v. Halleck. Although the facts of this case focus narrowly on public access television networks, the Supreme Court's decision has significant implications for all property owners, the internet, and social ...

June 17, 2019

The Hill: Seattle is trying to handcuff landlords — so they’re fighting to protect their rights

Last week, the Washington Supreme Court heard arguments about the constitutionality of two radical Seattle housing laws that handcuff landlords in selecting their tenants. Cities across the country are watching the court as they contemplate similar measures. The two laws in question, both aimed at limiting property owners' ability to exercise discr ...

June 17, 2019

The Founding Fathers of our limited government: Benjamin Franklin, America’s entrepreneur

This is the second in a five-part series dedicated to exploring the lives, ideas, and contributions of the five individuals most directly responsible for the founding of the United States. Without the courageous actions of James Madison, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, George Washington, and Thomas Jefferson, America would not be the country that it ...

June 14, 2019

A dad’s Fathers Day gift: fighting for his son’s rights

Joel Greenwald can't dance. If you ask him, he'll say that he has "three left feet." His son Zachary, however, loves to dance. Zach loves dancing so much that in seventh grade after he was told competitive school dance teams are only for girls, he kept dancing with a private studio. Meander through the Father's ...

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