Adverse decision in California gray wolf listing challenge

January 29, 2019 | By DAMIEN SCHIFF

Yesterday we received an adverse decision from the San Diego Superior Court in California Cattlemen’s Association v. California Fish & Game Commission, our challenge to the Commission’s decision to list the gray wolf under the California Endangered Species Act. Our lawsuit raised three arguments against the listing, which the Depar ...


New brief : PLF challenges gray wolf ‘endangered’ listing in California

December 18, 2018 | By DAMIEN SCHIFF

A single sighting of a wolf that had crossed over into California from Oregon—that’s all it took for Golden State bureaucrats to declare the gray wolf as a protected species under the state’s Endangered Species Act (ESA). That ill-fated decision has significant implications for farmers, ranchers and other property owners in California ...


Opening brief filed in gray wolf listing challenge

August 06, 2018 | By DAMIEN SCHIFF

Today we filed our opening brief in our challenge, on behalf of the California Cattlemen’s Association and the California Farm Bureau Federation, to the listing of the gray wolf under the California Endangered Species Act. We make three basic arguments. First, the listing violates the Act’s limitation to native flora and fauna, because ...


Weekly litigation report — July 7, 2018

July 07, 2018 | By JAMES BURLING

17 states urge the Supreme Court to grant PLF case and overrule Chevron deference  On Thursday, Texas—joined by 16 other states—filed an amicus brief supporting our petition in California Sea Urchin Commission v. Combs. The states’ brief explains that “the time has come to reconsider Chevron deference, and this case provides an app ...


Weekly litigation report

June 23, 2018 | By JAMES BURLING

Victory in New Orleans home demolition case! Supreme Court goes part of the way on limiting administrative power PLF files reply brief to compel California agency to follow state law. PLF asks Supreme Court to review Florida property rights case Victory in New Orleans home demolition case! Today, we secured a total victory in Garret … ...


California agency refuses to comply with California Endangered Species Act

June 01, 2018 | By WENCONG FA

You’d think that California would want to comply with laws that protect the environment. But that’s not always the case. The California Endangered Species Act (CESA) requires the California Department of Fish and Wildlife to conduct status reviews of species listed as threatened or endangered once every five years. The Department has fa ...


New brief in California Coho listing challenge

February 22, 2018 | By DAMIEN SCHIFF

Yesterday PLF filed an amicus letter urging the California Supreme Court to grant review in Central Coast Forest Association v. Fish & Game Commission. In this case, the California court of appeal upheld (on remand from the state’s high court*) the Commission’s decision to protect various ephemeral and hatchery-dependent populations ...


Weekly litigation update — August 5, 2017

August 05, 2017 | By JAMES BURLING

  Farmer explains excessiveness of seeking 2.8 million dollar fine for planting wheat PLF asks court to dismiss lawsuit challenging use of Congressional Review Act Amicus brief in support of Maine property owners trying to conserve seaweed Sea otter dispute enters its final chapter Government agency really wants to propound oppressive disc ...


Central Coast Forest Association wins round in California Supreme Court

March 10, 2017 | By TONY FRANCOIS

Central Coast Forest Association, supported by Pacific Legal Foundation as amicus curiae, has won a long running procedural battle in the California Supreme Court. The unanimous Court ruled that California’s Endangered Species Act allows interested parties to petition for a species to be removed from the state’s list of endangered spe ...