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Author: Shauneen Werlinger

March 16, 2016

PLF participates in Hawkes-related events in DC

On Monday, I had the honor of participating in a panel discussion on Hawkes sponsored by the Cato Institute.  A video of the event is available to watch here.  I provided an overview of the Clean Water Act and discussed how agency expansion of the Act threatens private property rights and leads to the issues ...

February 29, 2016

PLF's Shauneen Werlinger to participate in Hawkes discussion at Cato Institute on March 14

On Monday, March 14th, I will be participating in a discussion hosted by Cato Institute entitled "Do Landowners Have a Right to Challenge Federal Regulation of Their Property? A Preview of Army Corps of Engineers v. Hawkes on the Eve of Oral Argument."  Professor Steven Eagle of George Mason University School of Law and Ilya Shapiro, Senior Fe ...

January 31, 2016

Free speech prevails in Fourth Circuit do-over

After nearly four years of litigation, property owners’ First Amendment rights were finally vindicated by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in Central Radio Company v. City of Norfolk.  The court ruled that the City of Norfolk unconstitutionally prohibited the plaintiffs (who were protesting the government's taking of their p ...

December 09, 2015

Sissel v. HHS featured as SCOTUSBlog's "Petition of the Day"

SCOTUSblog, the leading news source for Supreme Court coverage, has featured PLF's cert. petition in Sissel v. HHS as its "petition of the day." This recognition means that SCOTUSblog's publisher has identified the case as "raising one or more questions that have a reasonable chance of being granted." The government’s response to our cert. pe ...

December 01, 2015

PLF to participate with members of Congress at press conference on Sissel v. HHS Obamacare challenge

Todd Gaziano, Executive Director of PLF's DC Center, will join Rep. Trent Franks, Rep. Louie Gohmert, and Rep. Rob Bishop at a press conference tomorrow at 3:15pm EST in room H-137 of the U.S. Capitol. The press conference will announce the filing of an amicus brief by the Congressmen and 43 of their colleagues that urges the ...

November 17, 2015

DC Center represents PLF at Federalist Society's National Lawyers Convention

DC Center staff recently represented PLF at the Federalist Society's National Lawyers Convention. This convention is the largest annual gathering of conservative and libertarian lawyers, judges, professors, and law students. Todd Gaziano and I attended lectures and panel discussions on issues central to PLF's mission, including "The Role of Congres ...

October 23, 2015

Frequently asked questions about our Obamacare challenge

As readers of this blog are aware, PLF is preparing to file a cert. petition on Monday asking the Supreme Court to hear our challenge to Obamacare, Sissel v. U.S. Dep't of Health & Human Servs., et al.  Here are some FAQs about the case: Who is Matthew Sissel? Matthew Sissel is an artist, entrepreneur, ...

August 09, 2015

Second Circuit upholds protectionist teeth-whitening policy in Sensational Smiles v. Mullen

In a recent disappointing opinion, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit upheld the Connecticut Dental Commission's policy of restricting the use of LED teeth-whitening lights to licensed dentists – despite the fact that dentists are not trained to use them. Under the policy, entrepreneurs in the cosmetic teeth-whitening industry face ...

July 28, 2015

PLF to participate in Young Americans for Liberty National Convention

PLF is thrilled to be a part of the 7th Annual Young Americans for Liberty (YAL) National Convention. From July 29th to August 2nd, 350 top student leaders in the liberty movement will gather at Catholic University in Washington, DC for training, education, and networking. The full schedule of events is available here. Todd Gaziano, ...

July 17, 2015

More linguistic alchemy from EPA

Dictionaries are apparently no match for EPA's seemingly insatiable appetite for regulatory power. As we've noted, EPA has gone from exploiting ambiguous words to redefining words in a way that defies their common meaning. Only in EPA's warped world does "navigable" include unnavigable, "surface water" include ground water, and "continuous flow" i ...