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January 20, 2017

PLF will present oral argument next tuesday in California energy tax case

Next Tuesday I will be arguing on behalf of Morning Star Packing Co., the National Tax Limitation Committee, and several other clients in PLF’s challenge to California’s unconstitutional auction of air emissions permits. This case will determine whether California can continue raising billions in illegal taxes by auctioning off permits ...

August 26, 2015

California Supreme Court to scrutinize city’s money grab

Are you paying hidden taxes through your electric utility bill?  The residents of Redding are, and a lawsuit to stop it has reached the California Supreme Court.  PLF attorneys filed a brief last week challenging those taxes in Citizens for Fair REU Rates v. Redding. When the Redding City Council approved the city's budgets for ...

May 24, 2013

Desperately seeking rent

PLF represents Morning Star Packing Co and others in their constitutional challenge to California's illegal greenhouse gas allowance auction.  A hearing this week at the California State Senate illustrated how high the stakes in this fight are.  California anticipated collecting $1 billion dollars (cue Dr. Evil) to balance its budget this year by ...

April 24, 2013

Will courts save California from the tax-zombie apocalypse?

If you watch the hit television series, The Walking Dead, or if you are a fan of horror movies, you know that zombies are fictional walking corpses with an insatiable hunger for human flesh.  But in many respects, some California politicians act like real zombies.  Upon election to office they are gradually transformed into tax-ghouls with an ...

April 19, 2013

Hand me a bag

Today, Pacific Legal Foundation, on behalf of itself and the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, filed this letter, asking the California Supreme Court to grant review in Schmeer v. County of Los Angeles, which is a case about a paper bag, a dime, and the state constitution.  In Schmeer, the California Court of Appeal said that ...