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October 09, 2019

Our fight with EPA: Andy Johnson’s story in his own words

Today, the president is signing an executive order designed to bring more accountability to federal agencies. This executive order comes partly as a result of PLF research and cases battling bureaucratic overreach. PLF client Andy Johnson will be at the signing ceremony. Below is an article from 2016 that Andy wrote describing, in his own ...

October 09, 2019

The Daily Caller: Don’t expect diversity of thought at University of California

The University of California, Davis, advertises itself as a place "to freely hear, express, and debate different ideas and points of view." But as this new semester progresses, students may begin to wonder why every professor seems to be teaching from the same ideological textbook. To understand why, just look at the California university system's ...

October 07, 2019

The Hill: What to watch for in the new Supreme Court session

If you care about property rights, the environment and the First Amendment, here's a quick checklist of cases to watch in the Supreme Court term starting this week.  County of Maui v. Hawaii Wildlife Fund The Clean Water Act makes it clear that the states, not the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), have the authority to ...

October 05, 2019

The Detroit News: Michigan constitutional amendment could secure digital privacy

With a near steady drumbeat of news stories about data breaches, Russian hackers and government surveillance, it's not surprising that digital privacy is on the minds of many Americans. This includes lawmakers here in Michigan who have become the latest in a series of legislative bodies to push for stronger digital privacy protections. On Oct. ...

October 04, 2019

California Lawyer: An innocuous Supreme Court case could be a blockbuster

A bankruptcy proceeding isn’t ordinarily what you think of as a Supreme Court blockbuster. But when the bankruptcy proceeding is brought on behalf of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and involves over 100 billion dollars in debt, then everyone should take notice. More than an issue of dollars and cents, the pending challenge to actions ...

October 04, 2019

The Wall Street Journal: Kentucky’s Ambulance Cartel Is Afraid of Phillip Truesdell

Legacy Medical Transport's owner goes to court against a law protecting incumbent firms from competition. Phillip Truesdell is in the nonemergency ambulance business. When people are confined to a stretcher, need an intravenous bag, or are undergoing dialysis, they can't simply hop into an Uber. They need an ambulance to get around. It's an essenti ...

October 04, 2019

New California law threatens to kill the gig economy

California Gov. Gavin Newsom recently signed into law a bill that will make all independent contractors in the state, mainly drivers for ride-share companies Uber and Lyft, into statutory employees. Bolstered by a recent decision by the California Supreme Court, AB 5 will take effect on January 1, 2020, and make all ride-share drivers eligible ...

October 03, 2019

Privacy protections could get a much-needed digital overhaul in Michigan

No level of government should be allowed to violate the privacy of American citizens through unreasonable searches and seizures of their property in whatever form the property takes, even digital data. Like the First Amendment, our right to privacy applies widely to digital technologies. We believe this, and so does Michigan State Senator Jim Runes ...

October 01, 2019

Taxpayers shouldn’t be forced to fund unions’ political speech

In June 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Janus v. American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, Local 31 that forcing public sector workers to pay union dues in order to keep their jobs violates those workers' First Amendment rights. The government can't force government workers to pay for the unions' activities or speech—a ...

September 30, 2019

The Hill: Federal waters rule repeal: Much ado about (almost) nothing

This month, Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) head Andrew Wheeler rescinded the infamous Waters of the United States (WOTUS) regulation. This rule, a case study in EPA regulatory overreach, asserted federal government control under the Clean Water Act over millions of acres of private property across the country, based on the absurd the ...

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