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Williams v. California Dept. of Fish and Wildlife

Government’s regulatory Catch-22 threatens California’s future fishermen

Fishing is an ancient and noble profession. It is also unquestionably in Max Williams' DNA. His grandfather and parents have deep roots in California's fishing industry, their livelihoods built on decades of skill and success with gillnets—the set, passive nets that are best suited for commercial fishing in California waters. Max (second from ...

Medeiros v. Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources

Hunters’ ‘right to retrieve’ tramples property owners’ right to exclude trespassers

Jim Medeiros and his family run their own business, White Oak Meadows, on land they bought in 2012 in Dinwiddie County, Virginia. Located outside of Richmond, the family cultivates environmentally responsible forest and farm products, including beef and poultry raised solely on grasses and native vegetation. Ranching can be a tough-enough indust ...

Fehily et al. v. Biden et al.

President Biden reboots Antiquities Act abuse with commercial fishing ban

Now that Biden has resuscitated powers that far exceed what the Antiquities Act was ever meant to do, Pat Fehily and Tim Malley, a 50-year fishing veteran and vessel owner, are fighting back. Represented at no charge by PLF, they're challenging this renewed violation of the Constitution's separation of powers and threat to the right of commercial f ...

Eliza Wille v. Raimondo

Illegally appointed DC bureaucrat threatens Hawaii’s swim-with-dolphins experiences

The incredible recreational offerings of Hawaii not only are world famous, but they also represent a significant portion of the state's economy. One activity that's become popular over the past several decades is dolphin-watching tours and swimming with dolphins—specifically spinner dolphins. These social, acrobatic mammals have fostered valuable ...

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New Mexico Cattle Growers’ Association v. U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

Government’s unnecessary protection for bountiful bird crushes property rights

Represented free of charge by PLF, the New Mexico Cattle Growers' Association is defending livelihoods, property values, and property rights in a federal challenge to the unlawful ESA listing. ...

Humbyrd v. Raimondo

Illegally formed federal agency threatens livelihoods of Alaska fishermen

Like many of his fellow longtime fishermen, Wes Humbyrd draws his catch—and his livelihood—from Cook Inlet. A regulation proposed by the North Pacific Fishery Management Council, however, will permanently close the inlet's federal waters to commercial salmon fishing, not because of overfishing but because the council deemed it too hard to coord ...

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Cedar Point Nursery v. Hassid

Supreme Court affirms property rights for California fruit growers

Cedar Point Nursery and Fowler Packing Company are California growers that produce fruit for millions of Americans. Collectively, they employ around 3,000 Californians. In 2015, the United Farm Workers (UFW) viewed the workers as ripe for the picking and sent union organizers to storm the workplaces during harvest time to encourage them to unionize ...

Iten v. County of Los Angeles

Small commercial landlord fights Los Angeles County eviction ban

Howard Iten is a retired auto mechanic who greatly depends on rental income from his one commercial property in Lawndale, California. His current tenant, however, is an auto repair franchisee who has refused to pay much of his rent during the COVID-19 pandemic, even though his business has been fully open the entire time. He owes Howard thousands o ...

Christensen v. California Judicial Council

Fighting for property rights against California Judicial Council’s eviction ban

Eviction is a critical tool for landlords to manage their property by removing tenants who refuse to pay rent or create nuisances and safety hazards. The process allows landlords to remove tenants who deliberately withhold rent or damage property, so that they can aid tenants experiencing hardship and offer housing to good renters—a particularl ...