In modern constitutional battles, its often 1984, not 2016

March 30, 2016 | By J. DAVID BREEMER

My son is currently reading George Orwell’s classic dystopian novel, 1984.  As many of you probably remember, the story is about a society subject to pervasive government control and monitoring and one person’s (Winston Smith) attempt to escape that control through small acts of personal rebellion. Family and love are discouraged b ...


PLF attorneys discuss the California Raisin case in new article

July 15, 2015 | By BRIAN HODGES

Earlier this week, PLF attorneys Brian Hodges and Christopher Kieser published a professional commentary in Jurist, discussing the Supreme Court’s decision in the raisin case, Horne v. Department of Agriculture. In it, they argue that Horne provides more evidence that the Court is returning to a common-sense, limited government interpretatio ...


Tim the Lawyer talks with Armstrong & Getty about the raisin-seizure case

June 23, 2015 | By TIMOTHY SANDEFUR

This morning I talked with Armstrong & Getty about the Supreme Court’s Horne decision. If you missed it, you can listen online here. … ...


Real property, personal property, and the Takings Clause

March 24, 2015 | By WENCONG FA

The government must pay you if it takes your house. Should that rule be any different if it takes your furniture? The Supreme Court will hear oral argument next month in Horne v. U.S. Department of Agriculture, a case involving a Depression-era regulation that, as Justice Kagan put it, might just be the world’s most … ...


The fruits of their labors

July 19, 2013 | By TIMOTHY SANDEFUR has posted an important video about the Horne family’s clash with idiotic federal government controls over the nation’s raisin crop. PLF has opposed these kinds of agricultural price control systems, including in the case of Evans v. United States, which you can read about here, here, and here. Amazingly, the federal courts ha ...


Horne fails to squeeze the juice out of Williamson County ripeness doctrine

June 11, 2013 | By J. DAVID BREEMER

Yesterday, the Supreme Court issued a decision in Horne v. Department of Agriculture, a case in which California raisin growers sued the Department of Agriculture in federal district court after the Department fined them for refusing to hand over a portion of their raisins to the federal government without compensation. In the federal court, the & ...