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Great legal quotes of the week : January 26, 2024

January 26, 2024 | By NICOLE W.C. YEATMAN

“Lawsuits can prompt institutional learning when they carry real consequences for defendant agencies.” — The Cato Institute in a January 19 amicus brief in Benning v. Oliver   “Modern connected humankind is trying to determine its position backwards.” — Playwright David Mamet in a January 23 amicus brief in NetChoic ...

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Boston doctor blasts telehealth restrictions in Wall Street Journal  

January 22, 2024 | By NICOLE W.C. YEATMAN

“In 2009, I began treating a 9-year-old from New Jersey,” oncologist Shannon MacDonald recalls in a Wall Street Journal op-ed on the awful consequences of telehealth restrictions.   The 9-year-old had been diagnosed with a brain tumor. His New Jersey doctors referred him to Dr. MacDonald, who works at Mass General and is an expert  ...

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Great legal quotes of the week : January 19, 2024

January 19, 2024 | By NICOLE W.C. YEATMAN

“I would have thought Congress might have addressed student loan forgiveness if that were really such an important issue to one party in Congress. I would have thought maybe they would have fixed the eviction moratorium. I could go on-and-on on these issues. They don’t get addressed because Chevron makes it so easy for them … ...

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The government had George Sheetz ‘over a barrel.’ He took his case to the Supreme Court.

January 03, 2024 | By NICOLE W.C. YEATMAN

Picture this: You’re a 65-year-old retiree who bought a small parcel of land in El Dorado County, California. In your career you worked your way up from $5-an-hour laborer to head of your own engineering contracting company. Your plans are modest: You’re installing a manufactured home on your land. You’ve been careful not to spend ...

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The Boston Tea Party was a fight against monopoly, not high taxes

December 15, 2023 | By NICOLE W.C. YEATMAN

On December 16, 1773—250 years ago—Samuel Adams gathered an angry crowd in Boston. Three ships loaded with East India Company tea were docked in Boston Harbor.   One ship, the Dartmouth, had been docked for 20 days while the people of Boston protested and argued. That day, December 16, was the day the conflict would … ...

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Three Chevron Deference nightmares : What happens when courts defer to federal agencies

September 18, 2023 | By NICOLE W.C. YEATMAN

If a federal agency does something wrong to you—if bureaucrats penalize you for something you didn’t do, or cheat you out of something that should be yours—the courts should set things right. But sometimes, instead, a court will invoke Chevron Deference and defer to the federal agency.  Chevron Deference is a doctrine created by the  ...

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States rush to comply with Tyler decision

June 26, 2023 | By OLIVER MILLER

Pacific Legal Foundation’s Supreme Court victory in Tyler v. Hennepin County created a domino effect across the country. State by state, legislatures are banning home equity theft. Governments have realized that they face significant liability if they ignore the Supreme Court’s ruling that home equity theft is unconstitutional.   In th ...

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Is the Supreme Court putting ‘a thumb on the scale for property owners’?

June 13, 2023 | By NICOLE W.C. YEATMAN

In her concurring opinion in Sackett v. EPA, Justice Elena Kagan—probably the sharpest rhetorician on the bench, especially when she’s disagreeing with her colleagues—complained the Court’s majority was putting “a thumb on the scale for property owners.”   Well: Shouldn’t there be a thumb on the scale for property ...

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Christina Martin is fighting for the forgotten

April 24, 2023 | By NICOLE W.C. YEATMAN

The first case Christina Martin ever argued in court wasn’t big enough to catch most public interest attorneys’ attention. It was about a ticket on a car.   Christina was a young Pacific Legal Foundation attorney in her first real legal job. She’d moved cross-country from Oregon to Florida for “her dream job” at PLF. ...