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December 15, 2018

Weekly litigation report — Property rights, school choice, free speech, and more

Public land stewards reiterate that the president can reduce the size of national monuments Briefing is now complete on the motion to dismiss Utah Diné Bikéyah v. Trump, a case that challenges the president's ability to reduce the size of national monuments. PLF represents individuals and non-profit organizations that recreate, work, and voluntee ...

November 15, 2018

The Forest Service pulled a bait-and-switch on a decades-old land deal. Here’s how the owners are fighting back.

When the government negotiates for a limited-access easement across your property, it cannot turn around later and decide it has an unlimited right to cross your property. Wil Wilkins and Jane Stanton, two Montana landowners, have had to sue the U.S. Forest Service to prevent it from pulling exactly that kind of bait-and-switch. This week, ...

April 11, 2018

One unelected bureaucrat should not have unilateral authority over the use of 640 million acres of public land

Today, PLF filed a brief on behalf of Gregory Yount, a self-employed prospector and miner, that asks the Supreme Court to hear two cases involving the use of federal public land. At issue is one section of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act (FLPMA), a 1976 law that (like its name implies) governs management ...

January 13, 2018

Weekly litigation update—January 13, 2018

PLF asks the Michigan Supreme Court to stop theft by tax collectors, the ongoing fight to defend public land access for all, and more U.S. Supreme Court activity. ...

February 03, 2017

PLF asks Supreme Court to review challenge to California's mining ban

Nearly two centuries ago, the Supreme Court recognized that the “unavoidable consequence” of the Constitution’s Supremacy Clause is that States have “no power … to retard, impede, burden, or in any manner control” federal policies that are otherwise consistent with the Constitution. California, unfortunately, has ...

March 18, 2015

Americans to the U.S. Forest Service: don't shut us out of our national forests

In a democracy, there are few things more troublesome to the body politic (or to just plain folks) than bureaucrats who ingest large doses of self-importance while trying to expand their limited powers.  If it weren’t so dangerous, it’d be pitiful. ...