Regulatory agencies have their own in-house tribunals that look like courts, but in fact violate the most fundamental aspects of due process and the rule of law.


If a regulatory agency believes you have violated a statute or a regulation, it can haul you before its own biased tribunal, in which you could face crushing fines and the prospect of losing your home, business, or livelihood.


In short, if you find yourself in one of these government tribunals, you’re very likely to lose.

Pacific Legal Foundation knows securing Americans’ rights means putting an end to unjust regulatory tribunals. Through litigation and legislative reform, PLF is fighting to return the adjudicative process to where it belongs: real, constitutional courts.


Pacific Legal Foundation knows securing Americans’ rights means putting an end to unjust regulatory tribunals. Through litigation and legislative reform, PLF is fighting to return the adjudicative process to where it belongs: real, constitutional courts.

Are you facing an in-house tribunal with a regulatory agency? Submit your case to PLF and see if we can help you.

June 5, 2024

American Thinker: An Out-of-Control Administrative State Turns a Parking Lot into a Mine

Between the law and the nitty-gritty of its implementation stands the diabolical bureaucracy — without constitutional authority but with seemingly unquestionable powers to frame rules and regulation…

May 20, 2024

Administrative Law Review (Forthcoming): The Rise of Money Sanctions in Federal Agency Adjudication

Today, the leading remedies for administrative enforcement actions are two types of pocketbook punishments—either civil money penalties or relief borrowed from the law of restitution. In 2022, the s…

April 24, 2024

Bloomberg: New Constitutional Challenges Haven’t Fixed Agency Court Ills

A year has passed since the US Supreme Court opened the door to Americans trying to escape the federal government’s administrative tribunals. Yet real relief from agency proceedings remains elusive….

January 18, 2024

Law & Liberty: Jarkesy and Chicken Little Law Professors

Just about every time a case involving the administrative state heads to the Supreme Court, we’re subjected to hysterical warnings of the end of the world.

January 17, 2024

Reason: Will Elon Musk's Twitter Jokes End the Administrative State?

SpaceX argues the federal agency trying to punish it for firing employees critical of Musk is itself unconstitutional.

January 19, 2024 | By BRITTANY HUNTER

An unconstitutional agency is threatening the future of a family business devoted to child safety

Jamie Leach has dedicated her life to the pursuit of child safety. After receiving her Bachelor of Science degree in nursing, Jamie worked as a nurse in a pediatric intensive care unit in Ada, Oklahoma, where she lives. She later went on to combine her love of helping others with her natural proclivity toward innovation …

November 28, 2023 | By BRITTANY HUNTER

The Founders hated Old World justice. Agency adjudication brings it back.

Sitting on the stone-cold floor and staring out of the bars of his cell in the Tower of London, Thomas Cromwell awaited his execution. Cromwell had faithfully served King Henry VIII for over a decade and had earned an earldom for helping the King with his infamous marital life. And yet, here he sat with …

August 30, 2023 | By BRITTANY HUNTER

EPA backs down from its outrageous claims against a Nebraska property owner

PLF clients Tom and Amy Villegas have reason to celebrate after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) backed down from its outrageous claim that the couple violated the Clean Water Act (CWA). An oasis in Nebraska Tom and Amy Villegas love the outdoors. While the couple calls Colorado home, they have a deep connection with the …

August 09, 2023 | By BRITTANY HUNTER

The executive branch is out of control

To safeguard the American people against tyranny, the Framers of our Constitution created a political system with three distinct branches of government—executive, legislative, and judicial—each tasked with its own unique and specific powers. To ensure that no one branch could usurp the role of another, a system of checks and balances was instit …

December 14, 2022 | By JOHN KERKHOFF

In America, the law is king, not unelected bureaucrats

As support swelled for America’s independence from England, an open question puzzled some hesitant colonists: Who will lead the new country? Thomas Paine had an answer: “In America, the law is king.” And so began a legal tradition like no other. Our written Constitution of limited and enumerated powers put forth a revolutionary idea: All …

November 30, 2018 | By WENCONG FA

Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries: Judge, Jury, and Executioner?

Agencies at every level play an outsized role in everyday life. The FDA imposes nutritional guidelines; the FCC controls what viewers can see on TV. Many other alphabet-soup agencies regulate in many other areas of life. Thus, while many Americans think that it’s Congress that is regulating through legislation, it is usually the agency promul …

July 01, 2016 | By ETHAN BLEVINS

The right to a jury trial against the federal government

Kevin Brott wants a jury trial for his Fifth Amendment claim to just compensation. The federal government converted a portion of Brott’s property into a public trail. He wants a jury to gauge compensation rather than a judge who works for his adversary. Sadly, most takings claims against the federal government do not enjoy a jury. We fil …

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