PLF backs homeowners in bridge battle with CCC

December 07, 2011 | By PAUL BEARD

In our latest California Coastal Commission case, we will be supporting homeowners in a lawsuit against that agency by filing an amicus curiae (“friend of the court”) brief early next year.  Currently before the California Court of Appeal, the case considers whether the Commission can decree public rights in a private pedestrian br ...


PLF to argue EPA case in San Francisco on Thursday

December 13, 2011 | By PAUL BEARD

On Thursday, PLF has a hearing before the United States District Court in San Francisco in a case against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).  This legal fight is one of several that PLF is waging on behalf of ordinary, hard-working Americans across the Nation as part of its campaign to Stop the EPA and Grow Freedom. PLF attorneys re ...


PLF litigating against the California Coastal Commission on behalf of landowners . . . again

February 24, 2012 | By PAUL BEARD

This Monday, the San Luis Obispo Superior Court will be hearing arguments on the merits of PLF’s lawsuit on behalf of a southern California family in SDS Family Trust v. California Coastal Commission.  The hearing is at 9:00 a.m., in Department 3, at 1035 Palm Street, San Luis Obispo. In this case, the SDS Family … ...


Hearing in Coastal Commission suit postponed

February 29, 2012 | By PAUL BEARD

As I reported last week, we had a hearing on Monday in SDS Family Trust v. California Coastal Commission, before the San Luis Obispo Superior Court.  But unfortunately, we have no real news to report.  The Court asked for additional briefing on a couple of issues and set a new hearing for April.  Stay tuned for … ...


PLF supports challenge to Coastal Commission's expropriation of private bridge

March 29, 2012 | By PAUL BEARD

Last week, we filed an amicus brief in Bay Island Club v. California Coastal Commission, which is pending before the California Court of Appeal in Orange County.  The dispute arises out of yet another illegal attempt by the Commission to use the permitting process to advance its agenda of destroying rights in private property along the … ...


Coastal Commission likens property owners to dark, evil beings

April 05, 2012 | By PAUL BEARD

On April 1, Peter Douglas, Executive Director of the California Coastal Commission, passed away. We offer our sincere condolences to his family and friends. Major newspapers across the State have reflected on Douglas’s passing and the legacy he leaves behind. The assessment of his record has been overwhelmingly positive. We, as ardent defend ...


California judge upholds Coastal Commission’s easement exaction

June 12, 2012 | By PAUL BEARD

Yesterday, the San Luis Obispo Superior Court issued an adverse ruling in SDS Family Trust v. California Coastal Commission.  As you may recall, this case involves a family’s constitutional challenge to the Commission’s demand for a public-access easement as a condition of a permit to remodel a home.  The trial court did not reach th ...


Court rejects Coastal Commission's bridge expropriation

June 14, 2012 | By PAUL BEARD

Today, the California Court of Appeal resoundingly rejected the California Coastal Commission’s attempt to expropriate a private bridge in Newport Beach, in a highly publicized case called Bay Island Club v. California Coastal Commission. PLF filed a friend-of-the-court brief in support of the bridge owner, Bay Island Club. The Club is a ...


PLF to speak on property rights and economic freedom in Central Coast today, Thurs

June 20, 2012 | By PAUL BEARD

Thanks to the efforts of the San Luis Obispo Property and Business Owners Association (SLOPBOA), I will be busy on Wednesday and Thursday giving interviews on various radio programs and delivering a luncheon speech to the Association on the work PLF is doing to advance property rights and economic freedom in the courts.  Here is … ...