20 years of Pacific Northwest victories : the enduring impact of the HEAL decision

May 15, 2012 | By BRIAN HODGES

One way that PLF can assure that its property rights victories have a long-lasting impact is to “connect the dots” between past cases and current controversies.  A good example is the Washington Court of Appeals’ 1999 decision in Honesty In Environmental Analysis and Legislation v. Seattle, which stands out as the first Washingto ...


PLF convinces court of appeals to limit troublesome land use decision

April 16, 2012 | By BRIAN HODGES

Earlier today, Division One of Washington’s Court of Appeals issued a published decision in Birnbaum v. Pierce County, a case that asked whether a landowner could recover damages for government misfeasance during the permit review process. … ...


20 years of Pacific Northwest victories : fighting for a coherent regulatory takings test

March 20, 2012 | By BRIAN HODGES

At the time PLF opened its office in the Pacific Northwest, Washington’s courts had adopted an extremely pro-regulation and anti-property rights stance toward regulatory takings law.  This was primarily due to the fact that the courts were operating under the notion that any regulation of private property that is designed to protect people f ...


20 years of Pacific Northwest victories : Skamania County v. Columbia River Gorge Commission

February 22, 2012 | By BRIAN HODGES

Over the next few months, Brian Hodges and I will be highlighting some of PLF’s significant accomplishments in the Pacific Northwest to celebrate 20 years of PLF in the “PNW.”  Today is the story of Brian and Jody Bea, a Skamania County, Washington, couple who won the right to finish building their dream home, with … ...