California Supreme Court takes PLF's seawall case

December 10, 2014 | By PAUL BEARD

Today, the California Supreme Court granted PLF’s petition for review in Lynch v. California Coastal Commission.  The supreme court’s grant means that the court of appeal’s decision in favor of the Commission is vacated, and the case will be set for a new round of briefing and argument next year.  Here’s PLF’s press ...


Appeals court rejects Coastal Commission plea to reconsider case

November 25, 2014 | By PAUL BEARD

On November 12, we reported that the California Coastal Commission had asked the Court of Appeal to reconsider (for a third time!) its decision and rule in the Commission’s favor.  Last week, we filed an answer to the Commission’s petition for rehearing, explaining why the Court need not rehear the appeal.  We are pleased to … ...


Coastal Commission relentlessly pursues sisters in land-grab case

November 12, 2014 | By PAUL BEARD

Last month, we reported on PLF’s big win against the California Coastal Commission, when the California Court of Appeal unanimously ruled that three sisters could rehabilitate their old ranch house without having to dedicate a mile-long public-access easement across the shoreline of their property.  The court held that the easement exacti ...


Homeowners, farmers, ranchers, and realtors ask supreme court to hear PLF's seawall appeal

November 07, 2014 | By PAUL BEARD

This week, a wide and diverse array of California constituencies filed compelling letters in support of PLF’s petition for review in Lynch v. California Coastal Commission, which currently is pending before the California Supreme Court. … ...


PLF scores victory for property owners in suit against Coastal Commission

October 23, 2014 | By PAUL BEARD

Today, the California Court of Appeal issued a published decision ruling in favor of PLF client, SDS Family Trust, in its years-long battle against the California Coastal Commission. The case involves the constitutionality of a public-access easement that the Commission demanded as a condition of the family’s modest restoration of its home ...


PLF petitions Cal Supremes in seawall case

October 20, 2014 | By PAUL BEARD

Today, we asked the California Supreme Court to review Lynch v. California Coastal Commission. The case involves a challenge to conditions imposed by the Commission on two families’ seawall permit.  The families reside in adjacent bluff-top homes in the City of Encinitas (San Diego County).  A series of storms and years of erosion destabili ...


Feds respond to PLF's Obamacare petition

October 17, 2014 | By PAUL BEARD

The Federal Government filed its opposition brief to our petition for rehearing en banc today—one week early. The opposition is more interesting for what it doesn’t say than for what it does. … ...


EPA seeks to regulate coal-fired power plants out of business

October 10, 2014 | By PAUL BEARD

As most Americans know, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has a strong penchant for regulation of businesses and industries.  Consider its unlawful attempt to impose both state and federal regulations on existing coal-fired power plants—a strategy surely aimed at putting these lawful business out of business. … ...


D.C. Circuit orders Feds to respond to Obamacare rehearing petition

October 09, 2014 | By PAUL BEARD

On Monday, we filed a petition for rehearing en banc in Sissel v. U.S. Department of Health & Services, asking the entire D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals to hear our challenge to the Affordable Care Act.  Today, “upon consideration of the petition for rehearing en banc,” the Court on its own motion ordered the Federal Government to ...