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Author: Larry Salzman

June 11, 2020

Governments can’t use COVID-19 as an excuse for arbitrary and unconstitutional policies

This week, Pacific Legal Foundation filed a lawsuit in Connecticut challenging unconstitutional policies enacted in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Until today, PLF has not filed lawsuits challenging shutdown and other emergency orders. As the country has struggled to flatten the curve of infections, our primary strategy has been challenging new ...

May 20, 2020

City Journal: Can we sue our way out of quarantine?

The longer the lockdowns last and the less necessary that they seem, the more scrutiny courts will apply. State governors from coast to coast issued coronavirus-related lockdown orders about two months ago, closing businesses and restricting people's movements. Government officials have taken unprecedented steps, seemingly without much calculation ...

April 28, 2020

Frequently asked questions (FAQs) about the government’s emergency orders to combat coronavirus

PLF is committed to protecting the individual rights of Americans during the COVID-19 crisis. Our approach is forward looking, focusing on empowering Americans and helping them recover from the crisis. We believe that only the entrepreneurial actions of individuals and businesses will get the nation moving in the right direction. Read our statement ...

April 27, 2020

Issues & Insights: Are Continued Shutdown Orders Constitutional?

With Americans under an unprecedented web of orders to stay inside – with "non-essential" businesses, lives, and livelihoods on hold while staggering costs mount – an increasing number are asking: are the shutdown orders constitutional? Don't state or federal constitutions guarantee my right to travel, to earn a living, or to attend church, eve ...

April 07, 2020

The Government-Created Housing Shortage

The American spirit is synonymous with a can-do attitude—we are builders, creators, and innovators. The remarkable construction of New York's legendary Empire State Building symbolizes that spirit: from start to finish, the completion of this American landmark took a single year. But that spirit now seems diminished. Many U.S. cities face a housi ...

December 20, 2019

Property owners with strong property rights make our coasts more beautiful

For many Americans, the cornerstone of "the American dream" is the possibility to someday own a slice of a beach paradise. But when it comes to beaches—or any land along our coasts—government agencies have declared open season on private property rights. Government agencies and environmental organizations often suggest there's an inherent confl ...

October 22, 2019

The morality of capitalism

This article is featured in the fall edition of our quarterly magazine Sword&Scales. To read the full edition visit: swordandscales.pacificlegal.org/ ~~~ Socialism is popular again. The rise of politicians such as Bernie Sanders and Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez shows how the promises of socialism are once again influencing our political debate. It's ...

March 15, 2019

Weekly litigation report — March 15, 2019

An initial victory for minority kids in Connecticut elementary schools On Thursday, a group of black and Hispanic families represented by PLF won an initial victory in their challenge to Connecticut's race-based quota for magnet schools in the city of Hartford. The policy requires 25% of a magnet school seats to be reserved for white ...

February 11, 2019

Sunshine State News: Are Florida’s Hearing Aid Regulators Listening to the Call for Deregulation?

This article was originally published in Sunshine State News on February 8th, 2019. Last week in Orlando, Florida, Governor Ron DeSantis convened dozens of government officials who run Florida's 23 professional licensing boards for what he called a "Deregathon" event to advance an agenda of "aggressive and appropriate deregulation." The idea was fo ...

December 05, 2018

Michigan’s Supreme Court Is Taking On Predatory Property Taxes

Originally published in The Daily Caller, December 5, 2018. In 2013, Uri Rafaeli learned that he underpaid the 2011 property tax bill on his modest home in a Detroit suburb. He attempted to pay the difference but miscalculated the interest due, unknowingly paying it $8.41 short. What came next was a shock: Oakland County seized ...

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