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July 14, 2018

Weekly litigation report — July 14, 2018

PLF gets into a Santa suit to fight for free speech This week, PLF filed a lawsuit against the Washington Department of Ecology for kicking Santa out of their public lobby because they didn't like him spreading Christmas cheer. We're representing Freedom Foundation, a right-to-work think tank that sends canvassers out to state agencies every ...

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 ...

March 02, 2017

PLF opposes unconstitutional land grab in New Jersey

Earlier today, Pacific Legal Foundation filed a friend of the court brief in the appellate courts of New Jersey opposing that state’s failed attempt at an unconstitutional land grab in Atlantic City. PLF proudly supports attorney Robert McNamara and the Institute for Justice as IJ fights the good fight for its client, Charlie Birnbaum. The ...

January 07, 2015

RIP Martin Anderson

Martin Anderson, who served as an advisor to the Reagan Administration and as a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, died this week at the age of 78. Although many obituaries note his White House work and his later scholarship on President Reagan’s life, it’s worth remembering that Anderson was also one of the first scholars ...

June 30, 2014

Is there any limit to the Takings Clause's Public Use requirement?

Last week, the Utah Supreme Court revived a challenge to the Utah Department of Transportation’s abuse of eminent domain. The Department needed a small part (1.2 acres) of a larger parcel (15 acres) for a light rail project. Instead of condemning the part of the property necessary for the project, the Department decided to take ...

January 06, 2014

Will California worsen its already terrible eminent domain laws?

When the infamous Kelo v. New London was decided in 2005, California was already one of the worst states in the nation when it came to eminent domain. In the five years leading up to that decision, California had used or threatened eminent domain against home and business owners some 858 times for the benefit ...

October 28, 2013

Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got 'til it's gone

Supporters of property rights will no doubt remember the sad saga of Kelo v. New London. In  that case, the Supreme Court permitted the city to use its eminent domain power to condemn the homes of Suzette Kelo and her neighbors to make way for a “high-end residential district”—which would adjoin a new Pfizer plant in the ...

August 13, 2012

PLF's Timothy Sandefur talks with Armstrong & Getty about eminent domain

I’ll be talking with Armstrong & Getty at 8 this morning about the efforts by California local governments to use eminent domain to seize “underwater” mortgages. You can listen online here. Update: You can listen to the podcast recording here. ...

June 11, 2012

Eminent domain as a bailout

Some local governments in southern California are considering using eminent domain to condemn "underwater" mortgages, so as to allow people who bought houses they can't afford to continue living in those houses; the whole scheme funded with money raised by yet more government indebtedness. As long-time PLF friend Gideon Kanner explains on his blog, ...

March 07, 2012

Celebrating a victory for property owners in California

This morning, I was among the speakers at the "final" meeting of Municipal Officials for Redevelopment Reform, an organization led for years by California Assemblyman Chris Norby to fight back against the Eminent Domain Industry in California. Late last year, Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation to abolish the state's Redevelopment Agencies—wh ...