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Supreme Court vacates Ninth Circuit’s ruling in Joe Robertson’s case

Robertson v. United States

Joe Robertson just wanted to protect his property in the Montana woods from the increasing risk of devastating fires. But when Joe built small fire protection ponds and narrow ditch near his land, the federal government criminally prosecuted and convicted him. The EPA said the ditch was a federally protected commercial waterway under the Clean Wate ...

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June 15, 2019

PLF receives North American Liberty Award

Atlanta; June 15, 2019: Today the Atlas Network presented Pacific Legal Foundation with the North American Liberty Award, which recognizes demonstrable impact in liberating enterprise, promoting prosperity, and removing barriers to human flourishing in North America. The award was presented in recognition of PLF's work to roll back the regulatory s ...

June 07, 2019

Seattle homeowners challenge unconstitutional landlord laws at Washington Supreme Court

Olympia, Washington; June 7, 2019: Attorneys with Pacific Legal Foundation will argue back-to-back cases challenging Seattle's landlord laws at the Washington Supreme Court on June 11. Seattle's 2017 laws aim to combat landlords' alleged subconscious discriminatory tendencies when selecting tenants. However, MariLyn Yim and a group of small-scale l ...

April 29, 2019

New study finds 98% of FDA rules over 17 years are unconstitutional

Washington, D.C.; April 29, 2019: A study released today shows that the vast majority of Department of Health and Human Services regulations issued over a recent 17-year period are unconstitutional. The first-of-its-kind study reviewed 2,952 rules issued by HHS and found that 71% of final rules from 2001 through 2017 were issued by low-level offici ...

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June 17, 2019

The Hill: Seattle is trying to handcuff landlords — so they’re fighting to protect their rights

Last week, the Washington Supreme Court heard arguments about the constitutionality of two radical Seattle housing laws that handcuff landlords in selecting their tenants. Cities across the country are watching the court as they contemplate similar measures. The two laws in question, both aimed at limiting property owners' ability to exercise discr ...

June 10, 2019

The Hill: Public interest litigation is under attack in California

This year marks the 65th anniversary of the Supreme Court's landmark 1954 decision in Brown v. the Board of Education, which found racial segregation of schools to be unconstitutional. That famed case, brought by courageous parents in Topeka, Kan., was more than a victory for civil rights: it also illustrates the power of public interest ...

June 03, 2019

The Hill: California lawmakers haven’t learned their lesson on rent control

Economist Thomas Sowell once quipped, "The first lesson of economics is scarcity" and "the first lesson of politics is to disregard the first lesson of economics." With California's recent flirtation with statewide rent control, it seems Golden State lawmakers are treating Sowell's warning as a game plan. The results will be predictable: less affor ...

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