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October 25, 2018

PLF urges SCOTUS review of Hurricane Katrina flooding case

By any measure, Hurricane Katrina was a disastrous natural catastrophe. But for many landowners in St. Bernard Parish, what might have been a damaging but survivable storm was transformed into total devastation by a series of government actions and omissions stretching back decades. Last week, we filed this amicus brief asking the Supreme Court to ...

September 14, 2017

PLF files reply in challenge to Minnesota’s ban on political apparel

Minnesota bans political apparel at polling places across the State. The government interprets "political" broadly: the ban applies to shirts with classic American phrases such as "Liberty" or "Don't tread on me," as long as those phrases appear alongside a tea party logo --- no matter how small. ...

May 31, 2017

PLF asks Supreme Court to invalidate Minnesota dress code for voters

On Election Day, millions of Americans trek to polling places in all corners of this Nation. On the way to casting their vote, many proudly wear shirts, buttons, and badges of organizations that share their views. Union members, for example, may wear SEIU t-shirts; gun owners, National Rifle Association badges; readers of this blog, Pacific ...

September 24, 2015

Another Clean Water Act power grab for the Court to consider

Last Friday, the Supreme Court extended the deadline for the American Farm Bureau Federation to file a petition for certiorari in its case challenging the EPA's interpretation of the Total Maximum Daily Load or "TMDL" provision of the Clean Water Act. While the details of the case–much like the Clean Water Act itself–get very technical, ...

September 01, 2015

Who bears the burden in First Amendment cases? California answers: You.

The Center for Competitive Politics is, like Pacific Legal Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to defending constitutional rights against overreaching government regulation—specifically, First Amendment rights. Because CCP receives donations from supporters in California, it’s required by California law to give the state’s Attorney ...

September 16, 2014

Can governments rely on outdated rationales to justify onerous regulation?

In 1952, Emmett Ashford became the first African American umpire in organized baseball and Dwight Eisenhower was elected President of the United States. That same year, the Pennsylvania legislature decided that funeral homes needed to be heavily regulated. Under a 1952 regulation, funeral directors must obtain a license and build expensive "prepar ...