Arguing Wilkins v. USA at the Supreme Court  

December 02, 2022 | By PLF

On Wednesday, November 30, PLF attorney Jeffrey McCoy argued Wilkins v. USA at the Supreme Court. Montana neighbors Wil Wilkins and Jane Stanton have been trying to protect their remote forest homes after the U.S. Forest Service opened their small private road to the public, in violation of a decades-old easement agreement. When Wil and … ...


In memory of Patrick Nollan, champion for property rights

May 17, 2022 | By PLF

We have sad news to share: Our client Patrick Nollan—the courageous plaintiff in Nollan v. California Coastal Commission, PLF’s first Supreme Court victory—passed away earlier this month at the age of 76. We offer the Nollan family our deepest condolences. Patrick Nollan’s portrait hangs in our office as an inspiring reminder of his ...


The Daily Reflector : Fighting back against Farmville right thing to do

December 31, 2021 | By PLF

By Mark Shirley The restaurant business is hard work. Long hours, narrow profit margins, fierce competition — given the challenges, it’s not surprising that 60 percent of new restaurants fail in their first year. I was prepared for all those challenges and more when I launched my barbeque business, Ole Time Smokehouse, in a food … ...


Inside Sources : Education bureaucrats have declared war on Asian American achievement

October 28, 2021 | By PLF

This op-ed was written by John Yoo, a member of PLF’s board of trustees and a law professor at University of California, Berkeley. In February, the San Francisco Board of Education voted to eliminate merit-based admissions standards at Lowell High School, one of the city’s top-ranked public schools, with the stated goal of increasing di ...


The Supreme Court delivers a victory for property rights in Cedar Point Nursery v. Hassid

June 23, 2021 | By PLF

Today, the Supreme Court of the United States issued a victory for property owners with their decision in Cedar Point Nursery v Hassid. The Supreme Court affirmed that the government cannot force people to allow third parties to trespass on their property. In 2015, union activists stormed Cedar Point Nursery to harass the farm workers … ...


The Hill : A California tree nursery’s Supreme Court fight has far-reaching implications for property owners

March 24, 2021 | By PLF

On Monday, the Supreme Court heard oral argument in Cedar Point Nursery v. Hassid, an important property rights case. Cedar Point could set a major precedent determining whether the Takings Clause of the Fifth Amendment requires the government to compensate property owners when it forces them to give outside private parties extensive access to thei ...


Frequently asked questions about Cedar Point Nursery v. Hassid

February 25, 2021 | By PLF

What’s at issue in this case?  The right to exclude trespassers is a fundamental part of property rights. California’s unconstitutional access rule allows a favored third party, in this case unions, to invade a business’s property for three hours a day, 120 days a year.   What’s the law in question in the ...


Evaluating The 1619 Project : A conversation with Phil Magness

January 11, 2021 | By PLF

In recent years, Americans are paying renewed attention and having new discussions on race, racism, and discrimination. Some of those discussions have been positive and constructive, but some have been divisive and political. One of the more academic and historical aspects of that discussion has come from a project by The New York Times called  ...


A chef cooking to stay afloat during COVID-19

July 30, 2020 | By PLF

Chef Geoff Tracy is an entrepreneur, cookbook author, and owner of restaurants in the Washington, D.C., area. Chef Geoff’s numerous awards include The Best Neighbor Award (for contributions to the community) and Washingtonian magazine’s “Best Local Chef.” He also served on the executive board of the Restaurant Association of ...