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December 15, 2017

PLF announces appeal to illegal jaguar rule

The designation of critical habitat for jaguar in New Mexico unnecessarily ties thousands of acres of land in red tape. The rule makes it harder for ranchers to get grazing permits, build corrals, stock ponds, or additional fences. ...

January 17, 2017

Court should reject government double speak in jaguar rule

In 2014, the federal government designated thousands of acres in New Mexico as "critical habitat" for the jaguar. The designation is absurd, because as cat-lovers know, jaguars prefer the wet, tropical climates of Central and South America forests, to the dry, arid wilderness of the Southwest. The designation should also trouble liberty-lovers, bec ...

November 05, 2016

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

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  ...

November 01, 2016

Earth to the Feds: dry New Mexico should not be designated “critical habitat” for jungle-loving jaguar

Calling New Mexico essential to the conservation of the jaguar is kind of like calling your garbage can essential to a raccoon just because you found one snooping through the garbage once. That's why PLF filed this opening brief challenging the jaguar critical habitat designation in New Mexico on behalf of New Mexico Farm & ...

May 22, 2015

PLF sues over jaguar critical habitat designation in New Mexico

The only jaguars that you are likely to find today in New Mexico are at this dealership in Albuquerque. But that didn’t stop the federal government from designating tens of thousands of acres in Hidalgo County, in the southwestern corner of the state, as critical habitat for the endangered big cat whose primary habitat is the jungles and ...

May 09, 2014

President's weekly report — May 9, 2014

Obama care — Oral Argument The D.C. Circuit court of appeals heard oral argument on May 9 in Sissel v. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, our Origination Clause challenge to the individual mandate tax contained in the so-called Affordable Care Act.  The questioning from the panel of three judges was vigorous and we ...

April 04, 2013

My two-year battle with the United States Army

The following is PLF client Peter Smith's retelling of the events leading up to and including his lawsuit against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. My wife, Frankie, and I bought 20 acres in the high desert of New Mexico just south of Santa Fe in 2005. This property was vacant and had been used ...

March 04, 2013

Fake reform delivers nothing for New Mexico entrepreneurs

The New Mexico legislature is currently debating a bill, HB 194, which would reform that state's cumbersome Public Utility Commission. Sadly, some reform advocates mistakenly think it would "reduce or remove the barriers preventing new taxi, shuttle, bus, limo, and moving companies from opening." In fact, it would do no such thing. While the bill ...

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