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Issue: Personal Liberties

The liberty protected by the Constitution encompasses your right to be free in the enjoyment of all of your abilities in the pursuit of happiness, including the right to express yourself in thought and action, to pursue the occupation of your choice, to live where you want, and to pursue the best education for you and your children.

At PLF, we: vindicate freedom of speech and association; defend the right to earn a living; support freedom in education; and uphold equal protection of the law, including freedom from racial discrimination.

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Taylor v. Polhill, et al

Weekly litigation report — June 16, 2018

Victory for the First Amendment! Challenging Florida’s Tone Deaf Hearing Aid Bureaucrats Supreme Court Splits on Salmon Santa Barbara Association of Realtors v. City of Santa Barbara Victory for the … ›

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Minnesota Voters Alliance v. Mansky

Victory for First Amendment Freedom

Political speech is the most protected type of speech in the country — including in the most restricted space in American civic life — a polling place. Today, in Minnesota … ›

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Robinson v. Wentzell

Diversity quotas: New name, same discrimination

Originally published in the New Haven Register June 10, 2018. In 1967, the Supreme Court struck down a Virginia law banning interracial marriages, on the grounds that the ban violated … ›

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Weekly litigation update — June 9, 2018

Coastal Commission challenged on “yurt” condition This week we filed an amicus brief in the California court of appeal to support the San Diego Port District’s challenge to a Coastal … ›

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Waters of the United States

Weekly litigation report — June 2, 2018

Happiness is a burger on a warm bun, a cold draft beer and freedom of speech Courts shouldn’t look the other way when federal agencies seize power Congress never gave them … ›

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California agency refuses to comply with California Endangered Species Act

You’d think that California would want to comply with laws that protect the environment. But that’s not always the case. The California Endangered Species Act (CESA) requires the California Department … ›

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Chef Geoff's v. The Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Authority

No, Virginia, we’re not going anywhere

As readers know, Virginia strictly forbids having too much fun with happy hour advertisements. The state allows businesses to use the sanitized statements “Happy Hour,” or “Drink Specials,” but forbids … ›

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Supreme Court declines to review an important First Amendment case

The First Amendment prohibits the government from silencing messages it doesn’t like. Yet San Francisco is doing exactly that with its sign ordinance. Under the ordinance, businesses can put up … ›

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