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September 11, 2018

Ninth Circuit remains hostile to free association for conservative groups

This morning the Ninth Circuit released this opinion in Americans for Prosperity Foundation v. Becerra, a case about whether California can demand confidential donor forms from nonprofit organizations operating within the state. Twice the district court has found that the law violates  donors’ First Amendment rights of free speech and associ ...

September 30, 2016

A (mostly) victory when it comes to Alabama spying on your beer habits

Yesterday the Alabama Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) Board decided against adopting a creepy rule which would have required craft breweries to record the names, phone numbers, addresses, and birthdays of anyone who purchases craft beer for carryout.  As I detailed in this comment letter and this Forbes piece, the proposed rule was a burdensome a ...

April 27, 2016

Victory: Judge throws out garbage snooping law

Today, Judge Beth Andrus ruled that Seattle cannot hunt through its residents’ garbage in search of prohibited food waste. Our lawsuit, Bonesteel v. City of Seattle, challenged a Seattle law that says garbage collectors must search through trash cans along their routes each week to determine whether more than ten percent of the volume of yo ...

April 08, 2016

Upcoming court hearing: can garbage collectors sift through your trash?

Seattle punishes people who throw food in the garbage bin. To enforce this mandate, the City has deputized garbage collectors to poke through each garbage can on their routes, hunting for taboo pizza crusts or red velvet cakes. PLF sued on behalf of eight Seattle residents to challenge this privacy invasion in court. We will present our case, B ...

September 15, 2015

The slop sleuths of Seattle

Our lawsuit against Seattle’s illegal surveillance program received more national media attention yesterday (click here). Seattle bureaucrats monitor everyone’s trash cans to make sure no one throws out food. Government shouldn’t meddle in the minutia of our everyday lives. And it should honor our privacy. For more on this ...

July 29, 2015

Composting v. Constitution–Townhall runs op-ed on trash snooping

An op-ed on PLF’s lawsuit against the City of Seattle for unconstitutional trash surveillance appeared today on Townhall.com. The op-ed explains how the City’s composting mandate is enforced through weekly searches of the trash cans of every resident and business in the City. This kind of intrusion into private affairs does not compor ...

July 21, 2015

Seattle privacy lawsuit: Irony, delicious as pie

The City of Seattle is lost in the deep dark forest of its progressive ideals—and yet it just can't seem to see the forest for the tress. As you may recall, PLF attorneys filed a lawsuit last week arguing that a city law authorizing trash collectors to inspect the contents of residential garbage cans for ...

July 17, 2015

President's weekly report — July 17, 2015

WOTUS WOTUS every where, nor a drop to drink We filed this challenge in Minnesota District Court on behalf of a variety of landowners and organizations to EPA’s new Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule,  This rule, like the stuff of the alchemists of old, creates water from dry ditches and federal jurisdiction from whole cloth.  ...

July 16, 2015

PLF sues Seattle bureaucrats who want to snoop through your trashcans

PLF sued the City of Seattle this morning in Bonesteel v. City of Seattle to challenge sweeping surveillance of residents and businesses. The City’s zeal for bumping its recycling rate bypassed constitutional boundaries when Seattle decided to have trash collectors and inspectors poke around for compostable contraband, such as pizza ...

July 16, 2015

Seattle declares war on privacy

The city fired its first shot in January, when it adopted a regulation that penalizes residents if they dispose of recyclables or food waste in their garbage cans. How can that be a bad thing, you ask? After all, who doesn't want to reduce the amount of waste that could be recycled or composted? Look closer ...

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