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May 24, 2018

The Constitution protects property rights from unelected government agencies

In 1996, Dr. Mark and Bella Greene, a couple from Pennsylvania, bought an older beach house in Playa Del Rey, Los Angeles. Their plan is to remodel this home and spend their retirement in southern California close to their son and their grandchildren. A few years ago, they started the process to get permits for ...

March 10, 2018

Weekly litigation report — March 10, 2018

Supreme Court grants hugely important property rights case! For over thirty years PLF attorneys have been trying to put an end to the infamous "Williamson County" rule that stops property owners from going to federal court to vindicate their constitutionally guaranteed property rights. Named after a 1985 case where the Court refused to hear a ...

February 10, 2018

Weekly update — February 10, 2018

Coastal Property Owners argue that they do not need to jump through meaningless hoops to vindicate their rights Eleventh Circuit hears PLF in takings case Does forcing phone-sellers to post misleading warnings about their phones violate their free speech rights? Washington's assault on property rights will stand – for now. PLF and supporters resp ...

January 27, 2018

Litigation update—January 27, 2018

The Supreme Court grants important Endangered Species Act case, defending the right to protect private property against natural hazards, and PLF is objecting to involuntary bar membership for attorneys. ...

December 02, 2017

Weekly litigation report—December 2, 2017

Motion for summary judgment to be filed in Minerva Dairy, PLF testifies before Congress on WOTUS, and the California Supreme Court upholds compulsory interest arbitration for agricultural employers. ...

October 21, 2017

Weekly litigation report — October 21, 2017

Squash the wrong bug, go to jail The price of selling your home in Santa Barbara? An illegal warrantless search. Free speech wins one in California legislature! Brief filed in Oklahoma First Amendment right to say who you are case Oral argument in Florida takings case Allies file amicus briefs in support of our bird ...

May 05, 2017

PLF challenges Coastal Commission’s restriction on the right to use property.

When Mark and Bella Green bought a modest home on the beach in Los Angeles 11 years ago, they dreamed of moving from Pennsylvania to enjoy the sun in retirement near their grandchildren. But the California Coastal Commission turned that dream into a nightmare, forcing them to spend tens of thousands of dollars in a ...

August 14, 2015

PLF comments again on Marin County coastal plan

For several years now, PLF attorneys have been following Marin County's efforts to amend its Local Coastal Program. In the past, we have submitted comment letters both to the Coastal Commission and the Marin County Board of Supervisors detailing our concerns with the proposed amendments' effect on property rights. For example, we noted in 2013 ...

May 13, 2015

PLF enters Martins Beach access controversy

Should the public have the right to cross private property simply because it is next to a navigable water body? The California Court of Appeal may decide just that when it takes up the ongoing controversy over access to Martins Beach. As we have blogged about before, for decades the owners of the coastal property ...

April 10, 2015

President's weekly report — April 10, 2015

Wetlands — Major victory in the 8th Circuit The 8th Circuit handed us this major victory today in Hawkes v. United States.  The decision is a wonder to read because the court “got it.”  It understood that requiring a landowner to seek a wetlands permit when the landowner doesn’t think there are any jurisdictional wetlands ...