Our fight with EPA : Andy Johnson’s story in his own words

October 09, 2019 | By JONATHAN WOOD

Today, the president is signing an executive order designed to bring more accountability to federal agencies. This executive order comes partly as a result of PLF research and cases battling bureaucratic overreach. PLF client Andy Johnson will be at the signing ceremony. Below is an article from 2016 that Andy wrote describing, in his own … ...


Is frozen ground a ‘navigable water’? PLF asks Supreme Court to decide

December 18, 2018 | By JEFF MCCOY

Is permafrost—ground that remains continuously frozen for years on end—a “navigable water”? That’s what government regulators who enforce the Clean Water Act want us to believe. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) believes that permanently frozen ground can be regulated as a “wetland.” To most people, that pr ...


PLF appeals Alaska permafrost “wetland” case

October 31, 2017 | By JEFF MCCOY

PLF filed a notice of appeal in Tin Cup, LLC v. Army Corps of Engineers. PLF represents a small, family-owned pipe fabrication company in Alaska which wishes to relocate to a new site for its expanding business. … ...


Capitol Hill panel to focus on regulatory threats to economic opportunity

June 27, 2016 | By KYLE GRIESINGER

On June 28, The Heritage Foundation will host a panel on Capitol Hill titled “Reducing the Regulatory Obstacles in Agriculture.” While government has imposed many regulatory obstacles on individuals and business owners in virtually every industry, those that farmers face are multiplying rapidly. As we’ve explained many times on Li ...


Public event by Heritage and PLF on June 15 to explore the impact of the Hawkes decision

June 13, 2016 | By TODD GAZIANO

As my fellow Liberty Bloggers have joyously explained, the Supreme Court’s unanimous ruling for our clients in U.S. Army Corps of Engineers v. Hawkes Co. will provide relief to millions of landowners whose property is subject to ever-expanding claims of federal jurisdiction and control. Just how important the Hawkes decision turns out to be w ...


Settlement in Wyoming stock pond case

May 09, 2016 | By JONATHAN WOOD

The Johnson family’s long ordeal with EPA, concerning their construction of an environmentally-friendly stock pond on their private property, is finally over. After ordering Andy Johnson to remove the pond, on pain of tens of millions of dollars in potential fines, the federal government has agreed to settle the case. Importantly, under the s ...


Federalist Society publishes Hawkes piece

March 15, 2016 | By MARK MILLER

Earlier today, the Federalist Society published a close look at the legal issue the Supreme Court of the United States will consider later this month in Pacific Legal Foundation‘s Hawkes case. The piece, written by PLF principal attorney Damien Schiff and yours truly, is called U.S. Army Corps of Engineers v. Hawkes Co., Inc.: Wetlands Juri ...


PLF files Respondents' Brief in Hawkes

February 24, 2016 | By MARK MILLER

Today, Pacific Legal Foundation filed its Respondents’ Brief on the merits in United States Army Corps of Engineers v. Hawkes Co., Inc. The Supreme Court of the United States will hear oral arguments in the case on Wednesday, March 30, 2016. PLF advances property rights cases for Supreme Court review in order to protect the constitutional & ...


Would EPA let a private business get away with this?

February 23, 2016 | By JONATHAN WOOD

Controversy continues to boil over the Animas River spill. In case you don’t recall, this spill occurred late last year when EPA contractors burst a plugged mine, sending three million gallons of waste water (including arsenic) into the Animas River and other waterways. EPA waited nearly 24 hours to tell anyone about the massive spill, ̷ ...