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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 ...

April 08, 2019

Weekly litigation report — April 5, 2019

Adverse decision in Sackett v. EPA The Idaho federal district court issued its long awaited decision in the Sacketts' twelve year-long (so far) lawsuit challenging the EPA's authority over their home site near Priest Lake, Idaho, under the Clean Water Act. The court ruled in favor of the EPA, in an opinion which we think ...

March 29, 2019

Weekly litigation report — March 29, 2019

Oklahoma can no longer play favorites in defining who's an American Indian artist This week, a federal district court in Oklahoma ruled in favor of PLF client Peggy Fontenot in her challenge to Oklahoma's restrictive definitions for American Indian artists. In Fontenot v. Hunter, we challenged an Oklahoma law that prohibited everyone but those who ...

March 25, 2019

In Memoriam, Ronald A. Zumbrun

It is with deep regret that we report that Pacific Legal Foundation's first president, Ronald A. Zumbrun, passed away on March 9, 46 years after he helped found the organization. He was 84. Ron graduated from Pomona College in 1957 and from the University of California's Boalt Hall School of Law at Berkeley in 1961. ...

March 22, 2019

Weekly litigation report — March 22, 2019

PLF asks the U.S. Supreme Court to show some love for Love Terminal Last week, PLF filed an amicus brief urging the U.S. Supreme Court to grant review of a critically important regulatory takings case. The case, Love Terminal Partners v. United States, has a long a history, which is summarized here and detailed here. ...

March 01, 2019

Weekly litigation report — March 1, 2019

Voters challenge Texas law that censors them at the polling place Today, PLF filed a lawsuit on behalf of Jillian Ostrewich and Tony Ortiz, challenging a Texas law that forces voters to silence themselves before they can vote. Last election, election workers forced Jillian to turn her "Houston Fire Fighters" shirt inside out. Tony suffered ...