Cert grant pitting “concerted activities” against freedom of contract

January 13, 2017 | By DEBORAH LA FETRA

Today the Supreme Court granted certiorari in three cases that raise the same issue: whether the National Labor Relations Act, which protects workers’ rights to engage in “concerted activities” for their mutual benefit, trumps the Federal Arbitration Act’s protection of the freedom of contract that allows employers and emplo ...


The Supreme Court should grant certiorari in Fisher

May 14, 2015 | By JOSHUA THOMPSON

A few months back, PLF filed this brief in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin urging the Supreme Court to take the case. Our friends at the Center for Equal Opportunity, the American Civil Rights Institute, Project 21, and the National Association of Scholars joined us on the brief. Next week the Court will meet to discuss whether to  ...


PLF : "All-star" impact in the Supreme Court

April 04, 2013 | By TIMOTHY SANDEFUR

SCOTUSBlog has announced the results of its survey of the impact of friend-of-the-court briefs by organizations across the country. We’re very proud to learn that Pacific Legal Foundation ranks third in the nation, and first among constitutionally-oriented organizations in terms of its influence at the “cert. stage.” Here’s ...


PLF launches Supreme Court challenge to EPA's carbon dioxide endangerment finding


When EPA determined in 2009 that carbon dioxide and related substances pose a danger to human health and the environment, it skipped a step.  EPA neglected to seek peer review from the Science Advisory Board (SAB), as required by law.  That means EPA has to go back to Square One and start over.  Accordingly, all … ...


Fisher v. University of Texas : An opportunity for equal opportunity

February 21, 2012 | By JOSHUA THOMPSON

After so much waiting, the Supreme Court has finally decided to take up Fisher v. University of Texas.  PLF has been involved in this case for three years now.  In this video, my beard doesn’t even have a hint of gray.  The case challenges the University of Texas’s decision to treat prospective students differently because … ...


Supreme Court passes up case on class action abuse and punitive damages

January 23, 2012 | By JOSHUA THOMPSON

The Supreme Court denied certiorari this morning in Farmers Insurance v. Strawn (Supreme Ct. docket no. 11-445).  PLF filed amicus briefs in both the Oregon Supreme Court and supporting the certiorari petition in this case. … ...