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About Pacific Legal Foundation

Pacific Legal Foundation is a nonprofit legal organization that defends Americans’ liberties when threatened by government overreach and abuse. We sue the government when it violates Americans’ constitutional rights—and win!

Each year, PLF represents hundreds of Americans, free of charge, who seek to improve their lives but are stymied by government. We give them their day in court to vindicate their rights and set a lasting precedent to protect everyone else.

Our North Star: Individual liberty

At PLF, we believe in individual liberty: when people are free to live peacefully and productively, without interference by government, they improve themselves, their families, and their communities.

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Their fight is our fight

The American citizens who fight the law with PLF come from every corner of the country and from every walk of life. Even when government stacks the deck against them, they choose to stand up for liberty and justice for all.

Jarod Thompson

Jarod Thompson

Denied school admission because of his race
Arty Vogt

Arty Vogt

Forced to ask competitors’ permission to do business
Freddie Linden

Freddie Linden

Banned from dance because he’s a boy
Matthias Piasecki

Matthias Piasecki

Prohibited from selling craft beer in a growler

PLF’s legal expertise

Property rights

Property rights

The right to acquire and use property without undue government interference
Economic liberty

Economic liberty

The right to earn an honest living and make free economic choices
Equality before the law

Equality before the law

Equal treatment under the law, regardless of sex, race, creed, color, or other differences
Free speech and association

Free speech and association

The right to freely associate and express yourself in speech and thought
Separation of powers

Separation of powers

The structural protections of our Constitution, which safeguard all our individual rights

PLF at the U.S. Supreme Court: 12 victories and counting

PLF’s record of success at the Supreme Court is unmatched by any other organization of our kind and on par with the ACLU—with a fraction of the staff and resources.

PLF Timeline

I fought the law—and won with PLF

David and Lourdes Garrett David and Lourdes Garrett David and Lourdes Garrett

WITH AN EYE TOWARD retirement, David and Lourdes Garrett bought an old townhouse that had been owned by the City of New Orleans for over 17 years.

But four months later, the city turned the Garretts’ retirement dream into a nightmare.

Before the couple had started a single renovation, the city tore down their townhouse without warning, and then sent the Garretts an $11,000 demolition bill.

Government bullies destroyed the Garretts’ property without paying for it—violating their Fifth Amendment property rights.

David and Lourdes could have given in. They could have paid the bill just to get the government off their backs. And though disappointed, they could have taken their retirement plans elsewhere.

But instead they found Pacific Legal Foundation, a pro-liberty public interest legal firm that fights for victims of government abuse at no cost to them.

The Garretts fought the law—and won with PLF.

The Garretts’ win breathes new life into their pursuit of happiness and gets them one step closer to their retirement dreams in the city they’ve grown to love.

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