PLF files its merits brief in the Knick Supreme Court property case

June 18, 2018 | By J. DAVID BREEMER

In late May, PLF attorneys filed this brief on the merits in the case of Knick v. Township of Scott, Pennsylvania, which is currently before the United States Supreme Court. The Knick case is a property rights dispute arising from a Town’s efforts to force Ms. Rose Mary Knick to allow the public to enter and … ...


Pennsylvania public school tries to evade competition (again!)

January 26, 2017 | By WENCONG FA

Second verse, same as the first! We know that teachers’ unions have some serious lobbying power. And we know they use this power to insulate public schools from competition. Take Pennsylvania, where school districts have repeatedly used (and abused) their power to handicap successful charter schools. … ...


Back to School Choice Week 2016 : The latest in the Philadelphia school district’s attempt to stop charter schools from growing

August 26, 2016 | By CALEB TROTTER

Discovery Charter School is a successful Philadelphia school that serves grades K-8. In light of its academic success, Discovery has amassed a waiting list of 1,448 hopeful students. In 2012, Discovery sought permission from the School District of Philadelphia to amend its charter to increase enrollment by 430 students over a four-year period. B ...


Pennsylvanians benefit from more economic liberty

March 24, 2016 | By CALEB TROTTER

It has been said that “no man’s life, liberty, or property are safe while the legislature is in session.” In Pennsylvania that couldn’t be more true. Two bills are currently pending in the Pennsylvania Legislature that would erect barriers to entrepreneurs, stifling competition and reducing choices for consumers. … ...


Charter school students prevail in Pennsylvania

January 26, 2016 | By WENCONG FA

Pacific Legal Foundation litigates for liberty from coast to coast. That’s how this Sacramento-based nonprofit was able to preserve school choice for charter school students in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. As our readers may recall, Lehigh Valley Dual Language Charter School wanted to open up a second location in order to accommodate growing de ...


Pennsylvanians deserve clear laws and a good education

July 20, 2015 | By WENCONG FA

It’s no secret that many traditional public schools across the country are failing. Yet school districts have insisted repeatedly that they would rather chain children to substandard schools than give those kids a choice to transfer to a better charter school. The Bethlehem Area School District in Pennsylvania is no different. It is trying to ...


PLF congratulates Pennsylvania on ending its Competitor’s Veto

June 02, 2015 | By TIMOTHY SANDEFUR

Last week, the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission finalized a new regulation that abolishes that state’s Competitor’s Veto rule for moving companies, and adopting a new, pro-competitive rule that lets anyone who wants to start a new moving company do so, as long as they’re safe and honest. That’s the way the rule should ...


PLF challenges the Competitor’s Veto in the birthplace of the Constitution

May 19, 2015 | By TIMOTHY SANDEFUR

More than two centuries ago, great statesmen assembled in Philadelphia to write a new Constitution that would “preserve the blessings of liberty.” Among them were some of the nation’s leading entrepreneurs, including Pennsylvania’s own Ben Franklin, one of the great self-made businessmen in American history. How sad they wou ...


PLF urges Pennsylvania Supreme Court to restore the proper level of products liability

June 07, 2013 | By ANASTASIA BODEN

Today PLF filed an amicus brief in Tincher v. Omega arguing that the Pennsylvania Supreme Court should determine whether manufacturers are liable for injuries caused by defectively designed products under a negligence standard.  Pennsylvania is notorious for litigation abuse—although thanks to a strong push for tort reform in that state, this y ...