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President's weekly report — August 14, 2015

August 14, 2015 | By ROB RIVETT

The more you own the more government can steal? We filed this petition for writ of certiorari in in Murr v. Wisconsin.  William Murr and his wife bought two contiguous lots along the Lake St. Croix waterfront on separate dates in 1959.  The first was titled in the family plumbing business and the Murrs built a 950 square foot home … ...

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Stay tuned : Another PLF case on the Supreme Court “relist” watch

December 08, 2015 | By JOHN GROEN

In addition to Corps v. Hawkes and Kent Recycling v. Corps, Pacific legal Foundation has a third case that has been “relisted” and is being given serious consideration for a grant of certiorari.  Under the current procedure, the Supreme Court of the United States often relists a case for the next conference if it is a … ...

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Supreme Court agrees to hear PLF "relevant parcel" case

January 15, 2016 | By JOHN GROEN

For almost 25 years since Lucas v. South Carolina Coastal Council, it has been well established that government agencies commit an unconstitutional taking when their regulations deprive a property owner’s land of “all economically viable use.” But when a property owner owns two or more adjacent legal parcels, courts have split on ...

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President's weekly report — March 25, 2016

March 25, 2016 | By ROB RIVETT

Property Rights — Coy Koontz gets paid!!!!  In the “you can’t get something for nothing” category, the St. Johns Water Management District finally paid the Coy Koontz estate $602,000 for the temporary taking of the Koontz property. While it was only 22 years late, Coy Koontz has finally been vindicated. As you recall, we to ...

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PLF files opening brief at Supreme Court in Murr v. Wisconsin

April 11, 2016 | By JOHN GROEN

Pacific Legal Foundation today filed its Petitioners’ Brief on the Merits in this case pending before the Supreme Court of the United States. The Court granted review on January 15th, 2016, and oral argument will be held in early October. A specific oral argument date has not yet been set.  A copy of the Petition … ...

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Amici line up in support of the Murr family

April 19, 2016 | By JOHN GROEN

Yesterday, eleven separate briefs representing over 30 entities were filed in the Supreme Court of the United States in support of the Murrs in this high profile regulatory taking case. Of particular note, the State of Nevada was joined by eight other states, pointing out that “Amici States’ interest is at its apex here” and that ...

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President’s weekly report — April 22, 2016

April 22, 2016 | By ROB RIVETT

Many briefs filed in Murr at the Supreme Court After we filed our opening brief in Murr v. Wisconsin, we received a large number of amicus briefs in support of the Murrs from a variety of parties. These included 9 states, other legal foundations and think tanks, and a number of land use and real … ...

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Weekly litigation report — July 9, 2016

July 09, 2016 | By JAMES BURLING

The big news around PLF this week was, of course, the announcement of our next President and CEO Steven Anderson. We are all very excited to work with him in the near future. In the meantime, PLF attorneys have had another busy week in the nation’s courts. … ...

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PLF files its Supreme Court reply brief in Murr v. Wisconsin

July 29, 2016 | By JOHN GROEN

The Supreme Court of the United States today received PLF’s Reply Brief on the Merits in Murr v. Wisconsin, filed on behalf of the Murr family. The case is now fully briefed, and ready for scheduling oral argument. It is expected that the Court will soon set an oral argument date, most likely in November. … ...