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February 19, 2021

The Fourth Amendment Defends Liberty by Securing Property from Government Invasions

Caniglia v. Strom

This case is about whether the police have the right to enter your home without a warrant while you're away and confiscate your property under the guise of "community caretaking." If they have the power to do this, as the First Circuit Court of Appeals said, then every person's home is less secure against arbitrary government trespasses with every ...

April 20, 2020

The police can't deliberately destroy innocent people’s homes without paying fair, constitutionally-required compensation

Lech v. City of Greenwood Village

This case is about whether the Constitution requires the government to compensate an innocent family for deliberately destroying their house while attempting to arrest a fugitive. In our friend-of-the-court brief, PLF argues that the Supreme Court should grant the Institute for Justice's petition for a writ of certiorari because the Tenth Circui ...

December 09, 2019

Property rights enable landowners to protect themselves from pollution

Atlantic Richfield Co. v Christian

In Atlantic Richfield Company v. Christian, the Supreme Court will decide whether landowners can sue the owner of a copper smelter that dumped tons of toxic pollutants on their property. If they can sue, as the Montana Supreme Court held, private property rights will remain one of the most important tools for protecting the environment. If they can ...