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Senators shouldn’t treat Supreme Court confirmation hearings as theater 

March 21, 2022 | By JAMES BURLING

It is with some trepidation that the nation approaches the Supreme Court confirmation hearings for Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, which begin today. Will these hearings descend into a Twitter-mobbing reality TV show, or will they focus on the qualifications of Judge Jackson?   Americans have good reason to pay attention. For better or worse, the re ...

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The Daily Reflector : Fighting back against Farmville right thing to do

December 31, 2021 | By PLF

By Mark Shirley The restaurant business is hard work. Long hours, narrow profit margins, fierce competition — given the challenges, it’s not surprising that 60 percent of new restaurants fail in their first year. I was prepared for all those challenges and more when I launched my barbeque business, Ole Time Smokehouse, in a food … ...

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What were PLF’s best victories for liberty lovers in 2021?

December 22, 2021 | By BRITTANY HUNTER

2021 was filled with some major wins for individual liberty. As we close the year, we want to celebrate our top 10 victories. #10 Challenging a California law that puts gender preference above equality before the law In June, in a unanimous opinion, the Ninth Circuit held that a shareholder of a California company has … ...

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This Supreme Court term was filled with surprising unanimous rulings in hot-button cases

August 31, 2021 | By DUNCAN SCHROEDER

In the American Bar Association’s Preview magazine, Pacific Legal Foundation senior legal fellow Elizabeth Slattery authored a piece on the recently concluded Supreme Court term. In the article, she focuses on two major themes: First, the Court issued a multitude of rulings which were both unanimous and “narrow”; second, that the ...

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The Hill : Gavin Newsom thought he could override the Constitution — now he faces a recall

August 30, 2021 | By OLIVER DUNFORD

On Sept. 14, California voters head to the polls to decide Gov. Gavin Newsom’s fate in a historic recall election. Perhaps the biggest motivating factor behind the recall effort is Newsom’s aggressive COVID-19 pandemic response, in which he unilaterally issued orders for school, business and church closures; mask mandates; and other dem ...

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America’s individualist Constitution

February 27, 2021 | By LARRY SALZMAN

This article originally appeared in the Fall 2017 issue of Pacific Legal Foundation’s quarterly magazine Sword&Scales. PLF exists to establish a rule of law under which all Americans may live free in their pursuit of happiness. We fight to preserve and advance the American ideals of individualism and liberty, and our mission has never bee ...

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Frequently asked questions about Cedar Point Nursery v. Hassid

February 25, 2021 | By PLF

What’s at issue in this case?  The right to exclude trespassers is a fundamental part of property rights. California’s unconstitutional access rule allows a favored third party, in this case unions, to invade a business’s property for three hours a day, 120 days a year.   What’s the law in question in the ...

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Cases to watch this upcoming Supreme Court term

October 08, 2020 | By ELIZABETH SLATTERY

The first Monday in October marked the opening of a new Supreme Court term. The Justices returned this week to conduct oral arguments by phone, as they had last spring. And aside from the phone line going dead for about a minute during argument on Tuesday, the Court and court watchers alike are settling into … ...

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Weekly litigation report — February 9, 2019

February 08, 2019 | By JAMES BURLING

Should you need government permission to sell harmless, FDA-approved hearing aids? We filed this opening brief on appeal asking the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit to reinstate PLF client Dan Taylor’s constitutional challenge against Florida’s outdated hearing aid sales regulations. The law prohibits anyone from selling a ...