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June 27, 2018

Justice Kennedy left his mark on American liberty

For nearly the entirety of Pacific Legal Foundation's history, Justice Kennedy has been on the bench. We first appeared before him when he was a judge on the Ninth Circuit and PLF was mostly litigating in California. And then, for the past 30 years, PLF attorneys argued before him many times at the Supreme Court ...

August 11, 2017

EPA files its brief in important Administrative Law case

When we last blogged about our Marquette County Road Commission v. EPA case, we reported that we had filed our principal brief opposing the government’s efforts to stymie our client’s efforts to build a much-needed public road in the upper peninsula of Michigan. This week, the government filed its brief with the Sixth Circuit. In its ...

June 01, 2017

Did PLF clients influence Trump executive order? Hopefully.

For years, Pacific Legal Foundation has been helping to protect individuals from the irrational and abusive expansion of the Clean Water Act (CWA). In far too many cases, the government has claimed violation of the CWA when individuals use their own land in a way that does not pollute federal waterways. Often, the government has ...

March 03, 2017

PLF Michigan road project case gets attention from the WSJ

Saturday’s Wall Street Journal will include a Pacific Legal Foundation op-ed co-authored with Mike Pattwell, an environmental litigator at Clark Hill. The op-ed addresses PLF‘s Marquette County Road Commission v. EPA case, where PLF and Clark Hill represent a local government as it takes on the leviathan federal government and its En ...

December 16, 2016

On the road to the Sixth Circuit

Regular readers know that earlier this year PLF joined the Marquette County Road Commission‘s fight in Michigan federal court to build a road to serve the needs of its community over the arbitrary and capricious objections of the EPA. For those who need to catch up on the background, you can read an excellent summary of ...

November 08, 2016

Election day pessoptimism

We’ve all seen the images of election day euphoria from places scattered around the globe. Citizens in nations freed from the yoke of oppression lining up for hours to cast their first (and hopefully not last) votes. People celebrating in the streets as a hated dictator is forever banished from the political scene (and perhaps ...

November 05, 2016

Weekly litigation report — November 5, 2016 (Guy Fawkes edition)

Regulatory Guidance on wetlands Jurisdictional Determinations West Hollywood shakedown — Property Rights Palo Alto shakedown — Property Rights Florida island taken in the Keys — Property Rights A California tax-limitation up in smoke up in Upland Endangered Species Act — wolves into New Mexico Alchemy — Wetlands and  ...

September 23, 2016

Michigan Confidential catches us up on PLF Yooper news

Earlier this week, Michigan Capitol Confidential published a very nice summary of the Marquette County Road Commission v. EPA lawsuit now pending in the District Court for the Western District of Michigan. PLF recently filed a friend of the court brief in that court, and we expect to take on representation of the commission at the ...

August 31, 2016

Our work for Yoopers gets some media attention

Pacific Legal Foundation’s Atlantic Center represents clients in courts all over the eastern United States. We recently agreed to represent a local government agency, the Marquette County Road Commission, in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. It may seem strange for PLF to represent a government – don’t we usually sue the government ...

August 24, 2016

PLF files amicus brief on behalf of Marquette (MI) County Road Commission

This past week, Pacific Legal Foundation filed an amicus brief in federal district court supporting the Marquette County Road Commission as it seeks to build a needed road across the Upper Peninsula of Michigan despite the EPA’s arbitrary and capricious objections. Our Atlantic Center summer law clerk summarized the case in a blogpost rec ...