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June 21, 2019

Rose Knick on her Supreme Court win: “Doing the Constitution the way it’s supposed to be”

It's a rare honor to be able to tell someone they won a landmark Supreme Court case. And when I called PLF client Rose Knick to let her know she won her property rights case at the U.S. Supreme Court, in typical Rose-fashion, her first words to me were very matter-of-fact. "Tell me," she said. ...

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 21, 2019

Justice for Rose: Landmark Supreme Court decision opens federal courts to property rights claims

Today, the Supreme Court gave property owners everywhere a major victory, overturning a 34-year precedent that has robbed countless individuals of their property rights. And you have an unassuming woman in rural Pennsylvania to thank. In a 5-4 opinion on Knick v. Township of Scott written by Chief Justice John Roberts, the Justices held that ...

June 17, 2019

The Hill: Seattle is trying to handcuff landlords — so they’re fighting to protect their rights

Last week, the Washington Supreme Court heard arguments about the constitutionality of two radical Seattle housing laws that handcuff landlords in selecting their tenants. Cities across the country are watching the court as they contemplate similar measures. The two laws in question, both aimed at limiting property owners' ability to exercise discr ...

June 14, 2019

Governments violate our property rights a lot, but 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 ...

June 14, 2019

How local governments are using foreclosure laws to steal people’s homes

A few years ago, my husband and I rented a car while visiting Italy. We had great fun driving to small towns off the beaten path. But about six months after we returned, I received a $250 ticket in the mail for accidentally driving onto a "locals only" road. If we had received the ticket ...

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