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President's weekly report — May 27, 2016

May 27, 2016 | By ROB RIVETT

PLF testifies before Senate Subcommittee PLF’s Damien Schiff testified before the Senate Subcommittee on Fisheries, Water, and Wildlife concerning agency abuses of private property owners under the Clean Water Act.  (PLF’s testimony begins at minute 26:25 here).  We focused on a number of recent and ongoing PLF cases challenging E ...

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President's weekly report — May 20, 2016

May 20, 2016 | By ROB RIVETT

Complaint filed to stop “competitors’ veto” in West Virginia PLF attorneys challenged West Virginia’s Competitor’s Veto law on behalf of Arty Vogt, who owns a moving company based in Virginia.  Arty would like to provide moving services within neighboring West Virginia, which is just miles from his office.  But that ...

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President’s weekly report — May 13, 2016

May 13, 2016 | By ROB RIVETT

Victory in Wyoming! Our client Andy Johnson entered in this consent decree with the Environmental Protection Agency in Johnson v. EPA. This is the case where the EPA threatened Andy Johnson with millions of dollars in fines if he didn’t remove a stock pond — despite the fact that Johnson obtained all necessary state permits, … ...

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President’s weekly report — May 6, 2016

May 06, 2016 | By ROB RIVETT

Equality under the law in 2016 As difficult as it may be to believe, a child in America can still be turned away from a school because of his race. That’s why we filed this complaint in White v. Voluntary Interdistrict Choice Corp. As if caught in a strange time-warp, schools in St. Louis will … ...

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President's weekly report, April 29, 2016

April 29, 2016 | By ROB RIVETT

Seattle trashed!  We had  this resounding trial court victory in Bonesteel v. City of Seattle, our challenge to Seattle’s trash-snooping law. In a city where political correctness trumps individual rights, the city passed an ordinance that not only requires Seattlelites to compost their food waste, but required its trash collectors to inspe ...

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President’s weekly report — April 22, 2016

April 22, 2016 | By ROB RIVETT

Many briefs filed in Murr at the Supreme Court After we filed our opening brief in Murr v. Wisconsin, we received a large number of amicus briefs in support of the Murrs from a variety of parties. These included 9 states, other legal foundations and think tanks, and a number of land use and real … ...

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President’s weekly report — April 15, 2016

April 15, 2016 | By ROB RIVETT

It’s been a very busy week at Pacific Legal Foundation.  Here are the highlights. Protecting property rights in the Supreme Court  A week after oral argument before the Supreme Court in Hawkes, PLF attorneys are already preparing their next case at the Supreme Court, Murr v. Wisconsin. This week, PLF filed its opening brief on the merits ...

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President’s weekly report — April 8, 2016

April 08, 2016 | By ROB RIVETT

Endangered species — California Sea Otters PLF filed its opening brief in a challenge to the Fish and Wildlife Service’s denial of a petition demanding that the agency follow the law in California Sea Urchin Commission v. United States Fish & Wildlife Service. This case centers on a compromise that Congress struck between the Servic ...

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President's weekly report — April 1, 2016

April 01, 2016 | By ROB RIVETT

Supreme Court member apologizes  Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg today issued an apology today on behalf of all Justices, living and dead, who ever espoused the notion of a “living constitution.” Saying that she was visited by the ghost of her late friend, Nino Scalia, she exclaimed, “it’s a stable constitution that we need, no ...