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February 01, 2019

Judges should not let bureaucrats dictate the meaning of the law

This week we filed this amicus brief on behalf of our Clean Water Act clients, the Sacketts and Duarte Nursery, in the Supreme Court of the United States in the case of Kisor v. Wilkie. In this case, the Supreme Court is considering whether to end the decades long practice of federal judges allowing executive ...

December 06, 2018

It’s time to restrain federal agencies’ power grabs

PLF filed a fresh lawsuit today on the heels of our latest Supreme Court victory. Last week, in Weyerhaeuser v. United States Fish and Wildlife Service, a unanimous Supreme Court reaffirmed that agencies are not immune from judicial review of their actions. This wasn't just a win for PLF and our clients: it was also ...

July 06, 2018

17 states: The time has come to reconsider Chevron deference and this is the case to do it with

As the President prepares to nominate a new Supreme Court justice, one of the major issues likely to turn on that choice is the fate of Chevron deference. According to that infamous doctrine, courts must defer to agency's interpretations of the statutes they administer unless that interpretation is patently unreasonable. In practice, courts have us ...

March 10, 2018

Weekly litigation report — March 10, 2018

Supreme Court grants hugely important property rights case! For over thirty years PLF attorneys have been trying to put an end to the infamous "Williamson County" rule that stops property owners from going to federal court to vindicate their constitutionally guaranteed property rights. Named after a 1985 case where the Court refused to hear a ...

May 04, 2017

Legislating through friend of the court briefs

As many Pacific Legal Foundation employees have written about before, the power of administrative agencies has increased greatly over the last century. Many Americans are now subject to rules adopted not by elected officials, but by unelected bureaucrats in the "fourth branch of government." Even worse, it is common practice for courts to defer to ...

April 24, 2017

The time to review and kill hundreds of rules under the CRA has not yet begun

The first part of a recent article in The Hill began like many others, suggesting that the window was "closing for Congress to roll back Obama-era regulations" under the Congressional Review Act (CRA). It focused on the approaching deadline for Congress to vote on CRA joint resolutions of disapproval that were introduced to kill Obama's ...

March 09, 2017

Bureaucrats made accountable to elected officials? Eek!

Our Congressional Review Act project (have you seen the latest at RedTapeRollback.com? Why not?) is starting to ruffle the right feathers: progressive media sites and activists have noticed that their pet regulatory excesses, especially underground rules, are very vulnerable to disapproval under the Congressional Review Act. ...

March 05, 2017

Francois op ed supporting Gorsuch nomination published in the San Francisco Daily Journal

A few weeks ago, Erwin Chemerinsky, noted constitutional scholar and Dean of Law at UC Irvine, published an op ed in the San Francisco Daily Journal arguing that Senate Democrats should filibuster the nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court of the United States. Dean Chemerinsky’s piece was long on hyperbole and short on ...

February 22, 2017

Bureaucratic overreach and the separation of powers

Can federal agencies make up whatever policies they like unless Congress tells them not to? PLF answered an emphatic “no” in an amicus brief filed today to support a petition to the Supreme Court. In National Restaurant Assocation v. Department of Labor, courts allowed the Department to expand its power beyond limits set by Congress. ...

February 14, 2017

PLF attorney Tony Francois speaks tomorrow at World Ag Expo

I will be speaking tomorrow at 10:45 am Pacific in the Seminar Center at World Ag Expo in Tulare, California. I will be joined by PLF client John Duarte, and we will be providing an overview of Duarte Nursery v. Corps of Engineers and answering questions on the case. This one abusive federal prosecution sums ...