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April 21, 2020

Ending discrimination against Asian-Americans at Harvard

Students for Fair Admissions v. Harvard

Can Harvard University discriminate against Asian American applicants in its admissions process? Federal civil rights law requires Harvard, which accepts federal funding, to comply with the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Yet, last October, a federal district court held that Harvard's admissions process ...

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 ...

December 09, 2019

Addressing groundwater regulation must be left to state and local governments

County of Maui, Hawaii v. Hawaii Wildlife Fund

This case is about whether the Clean Water Act regulates pollution that reaches surface water from groundwater. If it does, as the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has said, then every homeowner with a septic tank could be subject to harsh treatment from federal agency bureaucrats. ...

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