Court denies State’s motion to dismiss beer growler suit

January 15, 2015 | By MARK MILLER

We are happy to report that the Court has denied the State of Florida’s motion to dismiss Pacific Legal Foundation’s lawsuit seeking to throw out the State’s ban on beer growlers. You can read the Court’s well-considered and thoughtful ruling, which sets out the nature of the case quite well and why it would be … ...


If a tree falls in the forest, don't take a selfie with it

October 06, 2014 | By JONATHAN WOOD

Last month, the Forest Service proposed a regulation that would require permits costing as much as $1500 to take photographs or film on Forest Service land. The public response has been overwhelmingly negative I tried but couldn’t make the sentence long enough for all the criticism…. To put this simply enough that a Forest Service R ...


Join PLF's Timothy Sandefur & the Rio Grande Foundation to celebrate Milton Friedman's legacy

July 28, 2014 | By TIMOTHY SANDEFUR

I’ll be speaking at the Rio Grande Foundation’s annual Milton Friedman Day celebration, at the University of New Mexico Law School in Albuquerque on Thursday. More information here. … ...


PLF opposes fishy federal prosecution

July 11, 2014 | By MARK MILLER

This week, Pacific Legal Foundation filed a friend of the court brief at the Supreme Court of the United States on behalf of a Florida fisherman named John Yates.  Mr. Yates, a grandfather and commercial fishing boat captain for hire, found himself reeled in by a federal government in an overzealous prosecution.  The government took … ...


What the Fourth of July means to PLF

July 04, 2014 | By ANASTASIA BODEN

In between hamburgers and fireworks, take a moment to listen to our podcast on what the Fourth of July means to PLF attorneys. Our newest clerk Mike Garcia gives us a Texas perspective on the Fourth, Principal Attorney Timothy Sandefur reads poetry, Director of Litigation Jim Burling discusses the continuing relevancy of the Declaration of … ...


Shutdown shows why property rights matter

October 08, 2013 | By CHRISTINA MARTIN

Under the auspices of the government “shutdown,” federal employees are barring many homeowners and entrepreneurs from their homes and businesses. Why? The homes and businesses are located on federal land. Thus the government claims a right to block their access since it can’t afford to provide services during a shutdown (except th ...


The founders and the primacy of liberty

May 25, 2012 | By TIMOTHY SANDEFUR

Prof. Samuelson has a thorough response to my post about John Adams and individual liberty. While it’s true I’m not a great admirer of Adams (I’m much fonder of his son), my point was not biographical or historical, but philosophical: democracy is an instrumental good, one that is valuable only insofar as it protects the … ...


Everything’s illegal! Yes, even feeding the homeless


When government bureaucrats start shutting down lemonade stands and hassling five year olds for operating without a permit, you know we have a problem. When they make acts of charity illegal, you have to question if we’ve hit rock bottom. Long time readers of this blog know about government’s war on freedom and liberty. Think … ...


Yes, we do want to make it harder for the EPA


Recent articles or quotes about Sackett v. EPA by environmentalists have foretold disaster if the Sacketts win their case against the EPA. To them, landowners should not be able to haul EPA into court when they issue Compliance Orders, no matter how onerous those Orders are, because it would hinder the EPA’s ability, as they see … ...