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Author: James Burling

July 12, 2019

The destructive power of rent control

Bomb damage or rent control? That was the caption under this picture in a 1981 book about rent control across the world. Looking at the photo, it’s impossible to tell the difference. Almost 40 years later, the story hasn't changed: outside of wars and natural disasters, rent control is the single most effective destroyer of ...

June 28, 2019

Inclusionary zoning’s threat to affordable housing and property rights

Whether home is a house, apartment, condo, or cabin, everyone needs a place that's theirs and theirs alone. But in so many cities across the country, the price of home is too much for too many. PLF fights for people's right to freely own their home and utilize it as they choose. And when our ...

June 25, 2019

Winning the battle against Williamson County

True enemies are most often the stuff of epic tales and movies. But in real life, our enemies are subtler; many times, they're unknown to most. For decades, one of PLF's enemies has been a legal precedent called Williamson County. And during this Supreme Court session, PLF Senior Attorney Dave Breemer finally defeated it. This ...

June 14, 2019

Governments violate our property rights a lot, but the plaintiffs in these Supreme Court cases fought back

I spoke at the 2019 Foundation of Economic Education conference in Atlanta. The following is a brief overview of my presentation on the importance of our property rights and how PLF has fought for property rights over the decades. ~~~ Many countries around the world have governing documents worth less than the paper they're written ...

April 26, 2019

Weekly litigation report — April 26, 2019

Washington's Supreme Court asks whether the government should be paid for violating the constitution Earlier this week, PLF filed an amicus brief in an important property rights case pending before Washington's Supreme Court. At issue in Church of the Divine Earth v. City of Tacoma is whether the city must pay damages for having placed ...

April 12, 2019

Weekly litigation report — April 12, 2019

Agencies agree to comply with the Congressional Review Act In February, PLF secured an important victory in Tugaw Ranches, LLC v. Department of Interior, when the District Court for the District of Idaho ruled that agency violations of the Congressional Review Act (CRA) can be challenged in court. The CRA is a key law for ...