PLF urges SCOTUS review of Hurricane Katrina flooding case

October 25, 2018 | By JEREMY TALCOTT

By any measure, Hurricane Katrina was a disastrous natural catastrophe. But for many landowners in St. Bernard Parish, what might have been a damaging but survivable storm was transformed into total devastation by a series of government actions and omissions stretching back decades. Last week, we filed this amicus brief asking the Supreme Court to ...


President’s weekly report — March 8, 2012

March 08, 2013 | By ROB RIVETT

Environment and Property Rights — Wetlands In response to our lawsuit, the Army Corps of Engineers withdrew its wetlands jurisdictional determination in Smith v. United States Army Corps of Engineers.  The Smiths were thanked by the Corps for all the work they did clearing trash and dead trees out of a dry arroyo in New … ...


PLF argues for cities to be accountable when they flood their residents

March 06, 2013 | By TONY FRANCOIS

PLF colleague Jennifer Fry recently posted on the frustrations of a Sacramento family after their home burned down.  FEMA’s de-certification of the levees protecting their neighborhood resulted in a building moratorium that prevents the Taylors from rebuilding their fire-destroyed home, even though they have insurance to do so.  But what ...


President's report — December 7, 2012

December 07, 2012 | By ROB RIVETT

Property Rights — Arkansas Game & Fish Commission v. United States We had a major win earlier this week when the Supreme Court unanimously ruled that the United States could be liable for a taking after it systematically and regularly flooded trees belonging to the State of Arkansas for a number of years, destroying millions … ...


Save the trees, stop flooding?


Author:  Damien M. Schiff So argues the Center for Biological Diversity and other environmental groups that Monday filed a lawsuit in federal court in Sacramento challenging the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' plan to remove potentially millions of trees from California levees.  The Corps' view is that the trees compromise t ...