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December 22, 2018

Weekly litigation report — December 22, 2018

PLF asks Supreme Court to hear Alaska permafrost case This week, PLF filed a petition asking the United States Supreme Court to review Tin Cup, LLC v. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, a case that asks whether the federal government can control land uses on buried frozen permafrost just because the government claims such permafrost is a "navigable ...

December 13, 2018

Joe Robertson’s Clean Water Act case draws friends at Supreme Court

This week six friend of the court briefs were filed asking the U.S. Supreme Court to hear Joe Robertson's Clean Water Act case. Robertson, a 77-year-old Navy veteran in the small town of Basin, Montana, was unjustly convicted of Clean Water Act violations for digging firefighting ponds to protect his property. The prosecution turned on ...

December 13, 2018

President Trump tells EPA to drain the swamp; EPA says “not so much”

PLF client John Duarte joined the crew on Fox and Friends this morning to talk about being prosecuted by the Justice Department and the Department of the Army under the Clean Water Act, merely for plowing his company's farm: The five-year ordeal culminated in Duarte Nursery settling with the government for $1.1 million to avoid ...

November 08, 2018

How to find out if the EPA’s ‘navigable waters’ regulations affect you

In light of Joe Robertson's appeal of his Clean Water Act conviction to the U.S. Supreme Court, readers might be wondering if any foot-wide ditches on their property are also "navigable," as the EPA imaginatively re-interprets that word. As it turns out, the answer depends on what state you live in. Here's what you need ...

November 07, 2018

Joe Robertson appeals his navigable waters conviction to Supreme Court

PLF client Joe Robertson lives deep in the Montana woods at the edge of a national forest, an area increasingly prone to destructive, life-threatening fires. The only available water supply to fight fires near his property is the couple of garden hoses of flow in a foot-wide, foot-deep nameless channel that flows through a clearing ...

August 18, 2018

Weekly litigation report — August 18, 2018

Opening day for SCOTUS nears as PLF readies to throw first pitch This week Pacific Legal Foundation filed its Reply Brief in Weyerhaeuser v. U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, a case that arises from the Fifth Circuit and involves our client Edward Poitevent's property in the deep woods of Louisiana. The Supreme Court of the ...

July 28, 2018

Weekly litigation update — July 28, 2016

Appeal filed to rescue vaping lawsuit from being sucked into the Swamp When PLF first developed its litigation strategy to challenge unconstitutionally promulgated rules, a core component of that strategy was filing three simultaneous lawsuits in three district courts challenging the FDA's vaping regulation. But the federal government would prefer ...

February 15, 2018

EPA ignores PLF advice on Congressional Review Act and WOTUS

Last year, following President Trump’s executive order directing EPA to rewrite its disastrous 2015 regulation which magically redefined millions of acres of dry land across the nation as federally protected navigable waterways, PLF offered EPA some advice, not only on how to rewrite the rule to make it conform to the limits of the Clean ...

October 28, 2017

Weekly litigation report — October 28, 2017

City sells townhouse, demolishes it, and then sends new owner bill for the demolition Representing David and Lourdes Garrett, PLF filed  this opening brief in the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals to challenge New Orleans' unconstitutional destruction of a townhouse on their property. The facts are outrageous: They bought property from the city itsel ...

December 06, 2013

PLF files amicus brief in Supreme Court in support of State of Alaska

The State of Alaska has asked the United States Supreme Court to review a decision of the Ninth Circuit which says that the federal government, instead of the state, has the power to regulate hunting and fishing in navigable waters in Alaska.  PLF has filed an amicus brief in support of Alaska, encouraging the high ...