Ninth Circuit fails to protect Drakes Bay Oyster Company from government abuse

September 13, 2013 | By TONY FRANCOIS

Liberty Blog readers will be familiar with the ongoing courtroom battle between Drakes Bay Oyster Company and the Department of the Interior, over whether the oyster farm can remain in business at its historic location within Point Reyes National Seashore.  The Interior Secretary denied the company a permit renewal last November, after which the f ...


President's weekly report — October 25, 2013

October 25, 2013 | By ROB RIVETT

Health Care Challenge In one the most significant remaining challenges to Obamacare, Sissel v. United States, we filed our opening brief in the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals.  As explained in our blog post, our challenge is based on Congress’s violation of The Origination Clause, that part of the Constitution that requires all revenue-raisin ...


President's weekly report — January 17, 2014

January 17, 2014 | By ROB RIVETT

Property Rights — United States Supreme Court The Supreme Court heard oral argument this week in Brandt v. United States, a case in which the United States is trying to argue that abandoned railroad easements are not, in fact, easements.  The reason the United States is arguing that the easements are not easements is because … ...


President's weekly report — May 16, 2014

May 16, 2014 | By ROB RIVETT

Property Rights — Second Circuit Honors Yossarian in Catch-22 We received an astonishing decision today from the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in Sherman v. Town of Chester.  For those who appreciate property rights, this decision is a joy to behold.  We say astonishing because it is clear that the court “got it,” meaning t ...