Meanwhile, at the Supreme Court…

January 11, 2012 | By TIMOTHY SANDEFUR

We’ve been focusing a lot on this week’s argument in Sackett v. EPA, but PLF is also participating in several other Supreme Court cases this term. The Court also heard argument today in Knox v. SIEU, a case involving union fees that are spent on political campaigns against the wishes of workers. This is an issue PLF’s been involved in for decades, and we filed this brief in the Knox case. And PLF also filed this brief in the First American case, which was argued in November. It deals with the question of whether a person has standing to sue when that person suffered no actual injury.

The justices will meet this week to decide whether to hear the case of Fisher v. University of Texas, a very important case involving race-based admissions policies. We’re also waiting to hear on a number of other certiorari petitions, including the California Grocers case (involving labor law preemption) and KITSAP Alliance v. Central Puget Sound (whether the government can force property owners to dedicate part of their land in exchange for a permit), in both of which PLF is representing the petitioners—and in Strawn v. Farmers Insurance (excessive punitive damages), Arkansas Fish & Game Commission (regulatory takings), Harmon v. Kimmell (rent-control), Corboy v. Louie (race-based tax distinctions), and Decker v. Northwest Environmental Defense Center (Clean Water Act jurisdiction), in which we filed friend-of-the-court briefs.

We also have a couple more briefs coming soon, so keep an eye on the Liberty Blog for our latest developments.

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