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Justice Kennedy left his mark on American liberty

June 27, 2018 | By JAMES BURLING

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 … ...

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EPA files its brief in important Administrative Law case

August 11, 2017 | By MARK MILLER

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 ...

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Did PLF clients influence Trump executive order? Hopefully.

June 01, 2017 | By JEFF MCCOY

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 … ...

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PLF Michigan road project case gets attention from the WSJ

March 03, 2017 | By MARK MILLER

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 ...

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On the road to the Sixth Circuit

December 16, 2016 | By MARK MILLER

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 … ...

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Election day pessoptimism

November 08, 2016 | By JAMES BURLING

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 … ...

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

November 05, 2016 | By JAMES BURLING

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  ...

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Michigan Confidential catches us up on PLF Yooper news

September 23, 2016 | By MARK MILLER

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 … ...

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Our work for Yoopers gets some media attention

August 31, 2016 | By MARK MILLER

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 ...