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The Hill : Supreme Court should revisit its 2006 navigable waters decision

September 27, 2021 | By DAMIEN SCHIFF

Nearly 15 years ago, the efforts of Chantell and Mike Sackett to build their family home in a residential neighborhood of Priest Lake, Idaho, were put on indefinite hold. That is because the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) demanded, on pain of immense monetary penalties, that the Sacketts first obtain a time-consuming and costly Clean Water ...

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Yo-yo environmental regulations aren’t good for anyone

July 07, 2021 | By DAMIEN SCHIFF

Recently, the Biden administration announced plans to cancel various regulatory reforms the Department of Interior had implemented under President Trump to modernize the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Upon reading the news, the phrase, “Here we go again” comes to mind. With every change in presidential administrations, it now seems, we j ...

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Cedar Point Nursery v. Hassid is an agriculture property rights case with implications beyond the farm

March 19, 2021 | By DAMIEN SCHIFF

On March 22, the Supreme Court of the United States will hear arguments in a case that will either strengthen or erode Americans’ property rights threatened by (oftentimes partisan) politics. In Cedar Point Nursery v. Hassid, the High Court will decide whether the government may give permission to select private groups to violate other people ...

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Daily Journal : High court should take opportunity to restore the right to exclude

March 15, 2021 | By DAMIEN SCHIFF

A fundamental aspect of private property is that the owner can choose whom to let onto the property and whom to exclude as a trespasser. Next Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear a case concerning the intersection of this right with a longstanding California agricultural labor regulation. In 1975, the California Legislature enacted the … ...

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If you care about marine life, you should care about California fishermen

December 07, 2020 | By DAMIEN SCHIFF

Anyone lucky enough to sail off the coast of California or take a sightseeing boat out until the land disappears into a canvas of blue will tell you about the beauty of the ocean. Our oceans—especially off the California coast—contain some of the most beautiful sights and amazing marine life you can imagine. Not surprisingly, … ...

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The California Eviction Moratorium—why PLF does not challenge all bad laws

October 01, 2020 | By DAMIEN SCHIFF

Late last month, the California legislature passed and Governor Newsom signed into law Assembly Bill 3088. Among other things, the new statute imposes several limitations on the right of landlords to evict tenants. Touted by its supporters as a reasonable compromise measure, AB 3088 does not impose as many burdens on landlords as some local … ...

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Property owners have the right to a fair hearing first

April 10, 2019 | By DAMIEN SCHIFF

This article was originally published by The Daily Journal on April 10, 2019. It is coauthored by Paul Beard who is an environmental and land-use attorney who co-leads Alston & Bird’s Environmental Appellate Litigation Team and its Coastal Land Use Team. Should government agencies have the power to issue multi-million-dollar fines again ...

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The Hill : To protect endangered wildlife, government should make partners of landowners

March 13, 2019 | By DAMIEN SCHIFF

This article was originally published in The Hill on March 11, 2019. Most Americans strongly support government efforts to protect endangered species. We all understand the value of ensuring that iconic animals such as the grizzly bear and bald eagle survive and thrive in the wild, both as matter of conservation and as our legacy … ...

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Supreme Court to decide whether Clean Water Act regulates groundwater

February 19, 2019 | By DAMIEN SCHIFF

The scope of the Clean Water Act has been a contentious and controversial issue for decades. For most of that time, the focus has been surface waters — lakes, streams, ponds and marshes. But the fundamental question is, which waters are subject to federal regulation, and which should states regulate? That question is at the … ...