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June 26, 2013

Hollingsworth v. Perry : Supreme Court rules citizens can't "stand" in the way of politicians who ignore the law

Regardless of readers’ specific views on Prop. 8, today the Court decided an important question about standing — and it got it wrong.  Hollingsworth v. Perry will have serious repercussions that extend far beyond the same-sex marriage debate.  Today’s decision could spell disaster for any group that successfully sponsors an init ...

June 26, 2013

PLF's Official Statement on Hollingsworth v. Perry, the Supreme Court's Prop. 8 case

Although Pacific Legal Foundation takes no position on the constitutionality of Proposition 8, PLF submitted an amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court solely on the issue of standing.  PLF argues that sponsors of any successful California initiative have standing to defend the measure in court if elected officials decline to do so.  Today, the ...

February 14, 2013

California Supreme Court lets voters be heard

Yesterday the California Supreme Court granted review of Tuolumne Jobs & Small Business Alliance v. Superior Court (Wal-Mart Stores). This is an excellent development, which PLF has supported. Readers will recall that Tuolumne Jobs held that a city council has to complete an EIR under CEQA in order to adopt an ordinance that is presented ...

February 01, 2013

President's weekly report — February 1, 2013

Individual Rights — Defending the right to petition our government. Hollingsworth v. Perry in the U.S. Supreme Court. We addressed the question whether sponsors of initiatives have standing to defend those initiatives in court — especially when a state’s attorney general refuses to defend the measure. PLF's amicus brief, filed on ...