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Stossel spotlights federal “green tyranny” — and PLF’s fight for victims

Sacramento, CA; March 28, 2013:  “Green Tyranny” is the title of tonight’s Stossel Show with John Stossel, on the Fox Business network.  Host John Stossel will spotlight oppressive environmental regulations that victimize average people — undermining their property rights and economic well-being — without meaningful benefit for the environment.

One of tonight’s guests will be James S. Burling, Director of Litigation with Pacific Legal Foundation, a watchdog organization that litigates nationwide for limited government, property rights, and a balanced approach to environmental regulations.

Tonight’s show will highlight two cases of abuse that PLF is challenging:

Feds pit prairie dogs against people.  In Cedar City, Utah, residents are overwhelmed with an infestation of prairie dogs digging up yards and parks, blocking development of land, and threatening the health of the community — yet federal officials won’t permit commonsense control measures, because they’ve labeled the rodents as “threatened.”

Feds grab private land for a phantom frog.  In St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana, federal officials have imposed restrictions on more than 1,500 acres of private property by labeling the land as “critical habitat” for the dusky gopher frog — even though there aren’t any frogs on the property.  In fact, there aren’t any dusky gopher frogs in the entire state!

About Pacific Legal Foundation
Donor-supported Pacific Legal Foundation is the leading legal watchdog organization that litigates for limited government, property rights, and a balanced approach to environmental regulations, in courts across the country.  Among its noteworthy species- regulation cases, PLF won the federal court ruling that removed the bald eagle from the federal ESA list.

Oral argument recently took place in PLF’s latest U.S. Supreme Court litigation — the property rights case of Koontz v. St. Johns River Water Management District.  A decision is expected by June.

Last year, PLF attorneys won their sixth direct-representation victory at the High Court against over-reaching government:  Sackett v. EPA, in which the justices unanimously held that landowners may bring court challenges to federal “wetlands compliance orders.”

Case Attorneys

Jonathan Wood

Attorney

Jonathan Wood is an attorney at PLF’s DC Center, where he litigates environmental, property rights, and constitutional cases. He is passionate about finding constitutional, effective, and fair solutions to environmental … ›

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Damien M. Schiff

Senior Attorney

Currently a Senior Attorney at Pacific Legal Foundation, Damien joined PLF in 2005.  His practice has focused on federal and state environmental and land-use issues.  Damien was counsel of record … ›

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