Reason : The Supreme Court Is Not in a ‘War on Science’

June 02, 2023 | By ALISON SOMIN

Last fall, Robert Redford (yes, that Robert Redford) took to the pages of USA Today to offer a dire warning of the dystopian future awaiting us if the Supreme Court reined in the Clean Water Act in Sackett v. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), a case argued by our firm, the Pacific Legal Foundation. The Supreme … ...


SCOTUS ruled home equity theft unconstitutional…what comes next?

June 01, 2023 | By JIM MANLEY

In a unanimous decision last week, the Supreme Court ruled home equity theft unconstitutional, securing an individual’s right to just compensation when their property is seized. For years, Pacific Legal Foundation has argued that home equity theft—when governments satisfy property tax debt by taking a person’s home, selling it, and ke ...


With Sackett decision, Supreme Court says agencies can’t gift themselves unlimited powers

June 01, 2023 | By JAMES BURLING

From a single word in the 1977 Amendments to the Clean Water Act, the federal government built a mighty regulatory empire over millions of acres of private property. Last Thursday, thanks to Mike and Chantell Sackett, their attorneys at Pacific Legal Foundation, and nine Justices at the Supreme Court, the borders of that empire receded. … ...


Supreme Court announces big PLF victories in Sackett and Tyler

May 25, 2023 | By STEVEN D. ANDERSON

I’m going to remember today for a long time.   This morning—at around 7 a.m. where I am in California—the Supreme Court announced unanimous decisions in two Pacific Legal Foundation cases.   Both are stunning victories.   In Sackett v. EPA, which PLF senior attorney Damien Schiff argued on the first day of the term … ...


Texas poised to ban ‘ideological oaths’ at state universities

May 18, 2023 | By ETHAN BLEVINS

The Texas House of Representatives will soon vote on a bill that would strengthen academic freedom and intellectual diversity at Texas universities. Senate Bill 17 would prohibit public universities from requiring “ideological oaths or statements” of students, staff, or job applicants, and it would put an end to university offices dedic ...


Daily Journal : Extraterritorial state statutes and the emerging horizontal separation of powers doctrine

May 16, 2023 | By ADI DYNAR

On May 11, the Supreme Court issued a somewhat convoluted decision in National Pork Producers Council & American Farm Bureau Federation v. Karen Ross. The case raised a significant question: can California – or any other state – enact statutes whose primary function is to dictate standards and conduct that occur in other states  ...


Massachusetts took their kids. Now they are fighting to protect parents’ rights

May 11, 2023 | By BRITTANY HUNTER

Josh Sabey and Sarah Perkins are that rare kind of people who, despite our less-than-perfect world, have chosen to see the good in all that surrounds them. The couple lives by the creed, “most people are good and are doing their best most of the time.” And within just a few minutes of speaking to … ...


Bloomberg Law : Courts’ Chevron Deference to Agencies Should Go to the Landfill

May 09, 2023 | By ADI DYNAR

On May 1, the US Supreme Court granted certiorari in Loper Bright Enterprises v. Raimondo, which is sure to send shockwaves through the administrative state. At issue is the doctrine known as Chevron deference, which requires that courts defer to federal agency interpretation of statutes. It sounds like legalese, but in practice, Chevron deference ...


Anchorage Daily News : Alaska should ensure its ‘blight tax’ won’t give local officials too much power

May 09, 2023 | By SAM SPIEGELMAN

Last month, Alaska’s Senate approved a bill that would, if left in its original form, allow local jurisdictions to impose “blight taxes” on properties that are — at government officials’ discretion — deemed “blighted.” Adopting the Senate’s version of the bill would be a serious mistake. Thankfully, how ...