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July 23, 2019

How quickly does legal precedent take effect?

To understand how quickly a Supreme Court decision can have widespread effects in the legal system, take a closer look at the Court's decision in Knick v. Township of Scott. That decision, Pacific Legal Foundation's 12th Supreme Court victory, is already reshaping property rights cases nationwide. Last month, the U.S. Supreme Court sided with PLF ...

July 20, 2019

Edward Poitevent’s victory at Supreme Court is a win for property rights and government accountability

For years, Edward Poitevent and his family were forced to fight for their land. But now, the Pointevant’s are winners in their long-running national battle over property rights and the reach of the Endangered Species Act. Edward’s case, Weyerhaeuser v. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, was the infamous "phantom frog" case. It centered aro ...

July 19, 2019

Dry creek beds aren’t navigable water, no matter what the EPA says

Curtis Martin is a rancher. Scenic hills surround his remote Oregon farmland, where he grazes his livestock and grows feed for them. Curtis, and thousands like him across our nation, feed America and the world. Farming is a risky venture. Curtis can't control the weather, crop prices, equipment costs, or the price he will get ...

July 18, 2019

Championing happy hour (in Virginia and beyond)

The Happy Hour: An opportunity to imbibe a modestly priced cocktail with friends and colleagues. Or as Virginia bureaucrats would describe it: An opportunity for bars and restaurants to lure unsuspecting passersby with dangerous alcohol. For years, Virginia restaurants and bars were banned from advertising happy hour drink prices or from using any ...

July 17, 2019

PLF Senate testimony: Congress must rein in unconstitutional bureaucratic rulemaking

Today, the Senate Subcommittee on Federal Spending Oversight & Emergency Management held a hearing on PLF’s recent report showing how a majority of rules made by the Department of Health and Human Services are unconstitutional. One of the report authors, PLF Attorney Thomas Berry, testified during the hearing about the serious need to bri ...

July 17, 2019

PLF at Senate hearing: Bureaucrats have to follow the rules, too

Earlier this year, Pacific Legal Foundation published a first-of-its-kind study finding that, over the past 17 years, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a majority of its rules unconstitutionally. Our report, "But Who Rules the Rulemakers? A Study of Illegally Issued Regulations at HHS," found that almost three-quarters of the ...

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