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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 ...

February 11, 2019

Sunshine State News: Are Florida’s Hearing Aid Regulators Listening to the Call for Deregulation?

This article was originally published in Sunshine State News on February 8th, 2019. Last week in Orlando, Florida, Governor Ron DeSantis convened dozens of government officials who run Florida's 23 professional licensing boards for what he called a "Deregathon" event to advance an agenda of "aggressive and appropriate deregulation." The idea was fo ...

December 05, 2018

Michigan’s Supreme Court Is Taking On Predatory Property Taxes

Originally published in The Daily Caller, December 5, 2018. In 2013, Uri Rafaeli learned that he underpaid the 2011 property tax bill on his modest home in a Detroit suburb. He attempted to pay the difference but miscalculated the interest due, unknowingly paying it $8.41 short. What came next was a shock: Oakland County seized ...

December 05, 2018

Michigan’s Supreme Court is taking on predatory property taxes

Originally published by The Daily Caller, December 5, 2018. In 2013, Uri Rafaeli learned that he underpaid the 2011 property tax bill on his modest home in a Detroit suburb. He attempted to pay the difference but miscalculated the interest due, unknowingly paying it $8.41 short. What came next was a shock: Oakland County seized ...

July 16, 2018

Foxconn project underscores the threat to property rights

Originally published by The Hill, July 16, 2018. When President Trump visited rural Wisconsin to see the first phase of construction of a Foxconn electronics manufacturing plant, he called it "an unbelievable plant, like we've never seen before." It is hoped the project will bring thousands of jobs to the area at a cost of ...

June 07, 2018

The defense of liberty requires an engaged judiciary

Legislatures relentlessly pushed for more power over the economy throughout the 20th century, and judges let it happen. ...

May 22, 2018

Should the Coastal Commission be required to follow the law?

Today, as part of its ongoing campaign to defend property rights and hold administrative agencies accountable to the rule of law, PLF has brought a new lawsuit against the California Coastal Commission. The case was filed in the state's Superior Court for Orange County this morning. At issue is a Coastal Commission policy that forces ...

May 01, 2018

Challenging unconstitutional ‘affordable housing’ fees in California

This morning PLF filed its opening brief in the California Court of Appeals on behalf of Dart and Esther Cherk, the next stop in their halting saga to divide a vacant, 2.79-acre residentially zoned parcel of land into two developable lots in Marin County, California. The Cherks first filed an application with the County to ...

December 23, 2017

Cal. Coastal Commission ignoring the rule of law

When regulators propose a policy like this, California law says they must give notice to the public, conduct hearings, and allow public comment. The Commission did none of this. ...

December 06, 2017

Adverse decision in extortionate permit fee case

A trial court in Marin County, California, handed down a tentative ruling in Cherk v. County of Marin, rejecting the Cherk family's argument that it was unconstitutional for the County to force them to pay $40,000 into an "affordable housing" fund. ...

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