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March 19, 2019

Rent-bidding websites still banned in Seattle

Seattle loves to sell itself as a tech mecca, until innovation clashes with progressive stereotypes. Then Seattle's arms are not so open, as San Fran tech startup and PLF client Rentberry found out. Rentberry is one of several innovative websites that are trying to revolutionize and simplify the home rental process. Rentberry simplifies and automat ...

March 18, 2019

Contractors file civil rights challenge to end cronyism in the North Star State

When a public school district wants to build a new school, should it assign the project to the most qualified bidder or the most politically connected one? That's the question at the forefront of Minnesota ABC v. Minneapolis Public Schools, a civil rights challenge PLF filed this Tuesday. PLF represents merit-shop contractors, who do terrific ...

March 15, 2019

Connecticut Parents Union v. Wentzell

Each year, world-class magnet schools in Connecticut deny admission to thousands of deserving children while leaving available seats empty—because of skin color. State law requires magnet schools' enrollment to be at least 25 percent white or Asian. This means Black and Hispanic students are turned away if their admission would push minority enro ...

March 15, 2019

Weekly litigation report — March 15, 2019

An initial victory for minority kids in Connecticut elementary schools On Thursday, a group of black and Hispanic families represented by PLF won an initial victory in their challenge to Connecticut's race-based quota for magnet schools in the city of Hartford. The policy requires 25% of a magnet school seats to be reserved for white ...

March 15, 2019

Unpacking Court-Packing: A Historically Bad Idea

Justice Scalia once described a particularly notorious legal test as "some ghoul in a late night horror movie that repeatedly sits up in its grave and shuffles abroad, after being repeatedly killed and buried…" If only the late justice could see the latest proposal for his beloved institution. It seems the Supreme Court itself is ...

March 14, 2019

Hartford parents will have their day in federal court

Hartford, Connecticut: March 14, 2019: Today in Robinson v. Wentzell, the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut rejected the state’s and intervenors’ motion for judgment on the pleadings. The court held that the case belongs in federal court and therefore rejected the state's attempt to have the case heard by the Connecti ...

March 13, 2019

To protect endangered wildlife, government should make partners of landowners

This article was originally published in The Hill on March 11, 2019. Most Americans strongly support government efforts to protect endangered species. We all understand the value of ensuring that iconic animals such as the grizzly bear and bald eagle survive and thrive in the wild, both as matter of conservation and as our legacy ...

March 12, 2019

Minnesota Assoc. Builders and Contractors v. Minneapolis Public School District

With 75 buildings and 35,000 students, there's plenty of construction work in the Minneapolis School District. But many hardworking Minnesotans never get a shot at a school project. In 2004, the district adopted a project labor agreement, or PLA, that favors politically powerful unions over nonunion contractors. This type of agreement forces firms ...

March 11, 2019

Minnesota contractors challenge government union contract scheme that locks out competition

New lawsuit takes on unfair labor rules to reduce costs and open up jobs Minneapolis; March 12, 2019: A Twin Cities electrical contractor hopes to put an end to a questionable union-rigged contract scheme that forces employers to pay unions and hire workers from the union to secure government contracts. Matt Bergmann, CEO of Laketown ...

March 08, 2019

Following The Rules: Courts Can Require Agencies To Follow Congressional Rules

This article was originally published by Townhall on March 8, 2019. As children, we were all taught to follow the rules–obey your parents, share your toys, be nice to others. The same is true for our laws. When we break them, there are consequences. But what happens when government bureaucrats fail to abide by the ...