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September 29, 2018

Weekly litigation update — September 29, 2018

PLF attorney gives congressional testimony on ESA reform This week, PLF attorney Jonathan Wood testified before the House Natural Resource Committee, urging Congress to improve the Endangered Species Act to reduce unnecessary conflict and provide better incentives to restore habitat and recover species. Based on Jonathan's testimony, Congressman We ...

July 07, 2018

Weekly litigation report — July 7, 2018

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 appropriate veh ...

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 ...

May 21, 2018

A victory for freedom of contract

In the federal statute heavyweight championship bout between the 1925 Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) and the New Deal's 1935 National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), the Supreme Court today declared a winner: The Federal Arbitration Act by a knockout! ...

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. ...

January 19, 2017

Water Transfer Rule upheld

Yesterday, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals rejected an environmentalist challenge to a 2008 EPA rule exempting water transfers from Clean Water Act permitting requirements.* In Catskill Mountains Chapter of Trout Unlimited v. EPA, the court held that EPA’s so-called Water Transfer Rule—which exempts the transfer of water from one n ...

September 26, 2016

Should unelected, unaccountable bureaucrats have free rein to regulate whatever they please?

PLF argues “no,” in an amicus brief supporting four states, industry groups, and an Indian tribe in their challenge to the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) unlawful fracking regulation. It purports to regulate all fracking on federal lands based on the potential impacts of fracking to underground drinking water sources, despite t ...

September 13, 2016

Does congressional silence mean more freedom or more bureaucracy?

Judges often defer to the government’s interpretations of its own power. PLF fights this trend because it upsets the balance of separated powers and threatens liberty. But recently, in a case called Oregon Restaurant and Lodging Association v. Perez, judicial deference slumped to a new low. ...

August 26, 2016

It doesn’t get more exciting than this!

For administrative law nerds, U.S. Tenth Circuit Court Judge Neil Gorsuch's concurring opinion this week calling for the High Court to reconsider its Chevron doctrine is about as thrilling as it gets!  Although it is hard to top, Tony Francois and I also savored the timing, given that we foreshadowed this type of opinion just ...

June 24, 2016

Court strikes down federal fracking regulations

Over on the Federalist Society’s FEDSOC BLOG, I have a post discussing a recent decision from a federal court that federal bureaucrats overstepped their authority when they adopted fracking regulations. In 2005, Congress exempted fracking from regulation under the Safe Drinking Water Act (the primary federal statute intended to protect drinki ...