October 27, 2011

KGO's Bill Wattenburg speaks up for Sacketts, Sterlings, and PLF!

By KGO's Bill Wattenburg speaks up for Sacketts, Sterlings, and PLF!

Bill Wattenburg, host of a radio show on San Francisco's KGO Newstalk AM810, was discussing the threats that government bureaucracies present to our freedoms on his show last week.  He used the Sackett case as a prime example, and also discussed our Sterling case.  Many, many thanks to Bill for supporting PLF and for his help over the years in getting the word out about what we do and about the challenges our clients face.


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Sackett v. Environmental Protection Agency

Chantell and Michael Sackett received a local permit to build a modest three-bedroom home on a half-acre lot in an existing, partially built-out residential subdivision in Priest Lake, Idaho. The home poses no threat to water quality but federal EPA regulators nonetheless declared their property to contain a wetland and demanded they stop all work and restore the lot to its natural condition or pay fines of up to $75,000 per day. When they sued to challenge this order, EPA asserted they had no right to judicial review. The district court and Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals agreed, and tossed their lawsuit out of court. The United States Supreme Court unanimously reversed, ruling that failure to allow the lawsuit violated the Sacketts’ constitutional due process rights. They are now litigating their claims in federal district court in Idaho.

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