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Author: J. David Breemer

August 15, 2019

Government can’t violate your property rights to send a message

The members of the Wall family never imagined their attempt to build a pool and spa at their isolated home in Hollister Ranch, California, would end them up in court. But as many Pacific Legal Foundation clients have discovered, the California Coastal Commission (CCC) has a long history of giving landowners no other option. Hollister ...

July 31, 2019

The Daily Signal: When the Supreme Court Is Right to Overturn Precedent

Supreme Court justices need a healthy respect for past precedents. But sometimes, precedent is so bad it simply has to be overturned. The court did just that last month in the case of Knick v. Township of Scott. The court delivered a victory for champions of property rights by overturning a 1985 precedent that had ...

June 21, 2019

How the Williamson County precedent violated property rights for decades

Today, the Supreme Court restored a critical right for property owners: the right to be heard in court. Rose Knick of Pennsylvania is a PLF client who's been embroiled in a years-long legal dispute with local officials over a local law that forces her to allow public access to her private farm. Rose's case, Knick v. ...

June 22, 2018

PLF wins in New Orleans property demolition case

Today, we received a favorable, published decision from the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in the case of Garrett v. City of New Orleans.   This case challenges the City’s demolition of a town home a couple (the Garretts) purchased from the City. The City destroyed the home without any notice, hearing or compensation to the ...

June 18, 2018

PLF files its merits brief in the Knick Supreme Court property case

In late May, PLF attorneys filed this brief on the merits in the case of Knick v. Township of Scott, Pennsylvania, which is currently before the United States Supreme Court. The Knick case is a property rights dispute arising from a Town's efforts to force Ms. Rose Mary Knick to allow the public to enter and ...

October 31, 2017

Horrifying government overreach: PLF asks Supreme Court to hear challenge to cemetery access law

Rose Mary Knick owns a quiet, 90-acre, stone-fenced farm in rural Pennsylvania. The parcel is bounded on all sides by old stone walls and no trespassing signs at various intervals. According to the local government, it also contains an ancient burial ground of some sort... ...

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