Did the raisin case silently insulate the Endangered Species Act from the Constitution?

August 24, 2015 | By JONATHAN WOOD

A recent article in Greenwire, reports that opponents of robust Constitutional protections for property rights and limits on federal power are finding a kernel of hope in the Supreme Court’s opinion in the raisin case decided last term. They contend that the opinion insulates regulations to protect wildlife — like those adopted under th ...


Tim the Lawyer talks with Armstrong & Getty about the raisin-seizure case

June 23, 2015 | By TIMOTHY SANDEFUR

This morning I talked with Armstrong & Getty about the Supreme Court’s Horne decision. If you missed it, you can listen online here. … ...


Supreme Court hears argument in raisin takings case

April 23, 2015 | By CHRIS KIESER

The Supreme Court yesterday heard oral argument in the “raisin takings case,” Horne v. United States Department of Agriculture. As we have previously explained, the Department of Agriculture brought an enforcement action against California raisin farmers Marvin and Laura Horne when they refused to transfer a significant portion of their ...


Real property, personal property, and the Takings Clause

March 24, 2015 | By WENCONG FA

The government must pay you if it takes your house. Should that rule be any different if it takes your furniture? The Supreme Court will hear oral argument next month in Horne v. U.S. Department of Agriculture, a case involving a Depression-era regulation that, as Justice Kagan put it, might just be the world’s most … ...


PLF files amicus brief in support of California raisin farmers

October 08, 2014 | By CHRIS KIESER

Under a draconian, Depression-era regulatory scheme, California raisin farmers are required to hand over a portion of their crop to the “Raisin Administrative Committee” (RAC), rather than selling it on the open market. The RAC is an unelected board overseen by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) that has the authority to ...


Heard through the grapevine : Ninth Circuit holds Koontz allows government price controls

May 12, 2014 | By JONATHAN WOOD

Last week, the Ninth Circuit decided the remand of Horne v. USDA, the raisin case that the Supreme Court overturned last term. The case previously drew attention for what it had to say about Williamson County — the case that keeps essentially all takings cases from federal court. The most recent round in this litigation addresses … ...


The fruits of their labors

July 19, 2013 | By TIMOTHY SANDEFUR has posted an important video about the Horne family’s clash with idiotic federal government controls over the nation’s raisin crop. PLF has opposed these kinds of agricultural price control systems, including in the case of Evans v. United States, which you can read about here, here, and here. Amazingly, the federal courts ha ...