PLF opposes unconstitutional land grab in New Jersey

March 02, 2017 | By MARK MILLER

Earlier today, Pacific Legal Foundation filed a friend of the court brief in the appellate courts of New Jersey opposing that state’s failed attempt at an unconstitutional land grab in Atlantic City. PLF proudly supports attorney Robert McNamara and the Institute for Justice as IJ fights the good fight for its client, Charlie Birnbaum. The ...


Legislature looking to address Birnbaum issues

February 20, 2013 | By BRIAN HODGES

For about a year, I have been writing about Wendy Birnbaum, the property owner who got stuck in a permitting battle with Pierce County when she tried to open a campground in the foothills of Mt. Rainier.  Ms. Birnbaum sued the county to recover damages she suffered when the county delayed processing her permit application … ...


Birnbaum gets support from friends of the court

October 03, 2012 | By BRIAN HODGES

While we wait for the Supreme Court of Washington to decide whether it will review Birnbaum v. Pierce County, I thought it might be nice to give some attention to two amicus briefs that were filed in support of our petition for review.  As a refresher, here’s the issue in the case as I described … ...


New video highlights Birnbaum case

September 12, 2012 | By BRIAN HODGES

In our latest video, PLF client Wendy Birnbaum explains how PLF is helping her seek a legal remedy for bureaucratic delay.  … ...


PLF petitions Washington Supreme Court to uphold property owners' right to sue government for damages

June 25, 2012 | By BRIAN HODGES

About a month ago, we brought you the story of Wendy Birnbaum, a Pierce County, Washington, property owner who got stuck in the permitting process when she applied to open a campground and RV park on her property in the foothills of Mt. Rainier.  This week, we submitted a petition for review to the Supreme … ...


President's Weekly Roundup

June 22, 2012 | By ROB RIVETT

Happy Friday! Here are this week’s legal highlights: Individual Rights – Free Speech We had a major Supreme Court amicus victory this week in Knox v. S.E.I.U.  In a 7-2 knockout, the Court ruled that S.E.I.U.’s mid-year supplemental assessment of fees to be used exclusively for political purposes was unconstitutional.  Each year, no ...


Do property owners have a right to recover damages for bureaucratic delay?

May 30, 2012 | By BRIAN HODGES

At PLF, we litigate for judicial acceptance of the idea that property owners should be allowed to reasonably use their property without undue interference from the government.  Many of our clients, such as Wendy Birnbaum, believe in this principle, but find themselves tangled in red tape when they actually exercise their property rights. Ms. Birnb ...


PLF convinces court of appeals to limit troublesome land use decision

April 16, 2012 | By BRIAN HODGES

Earlier today, Division One of Washington’s Court of Appeals issued a published decision in Birnbaum v. Pierce County, a case that asked whether a landowner could recover damages for government misfeasance during the permit review process. … ...