Weekly litigation update — April 28, 2018

April 28, 2018 | By JAMES BURLING

Markle Interests’ brief filed with High Court in Weyerhaeuser v. U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service This week we filed our merits brief in the Supreme Court supporting the landowers in Weyerhaeuser Co. v. United States Fish & Wildlife Service. Earlier this year, the Court granted review and we expect to hear soon from the Court … ...


Weekly litigation update — March 25, 2017

March 25, 2017 | By JAMES BURLING

Oral argument in Murr We had our oral argument in Murr v. Wisconsin. It was a tough argument with lots of questions throughout the argument.  We trust our answers helped dispel some of that confusion.  All in all, it was a good argument and we made all our points with the Court. But, based on the … ...


San Francisco's attempt to extort landlords denied…again

March 23, 2017 | By CALEB TROTTER

Last week we announced that the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected San Francisco’s attempt to undo PLF’s victory on behalf of San Francisco landlords in the Levin case. In that case, landlords who wished to remove their property from the rental market under California’s Ellis Act were subject to a San Francisco ordinance ...


Talking about property rights in San Mateo

November 07, 2016 | By DAMIEN SCHIFF

Last week I had the pleasure of speaking at the lunchtime meeting of the San Mateo Rotary Club. My remarks focused on PLF’s property rights work, in particular cases addressing land-use exactions, rent control and related matters, and mobile home park regulation. These issues are particularly timely in San Mateo: tomorrow the city’s vo ...


Weekly litigation report — June 24, 2015

June 24, 2016 | By JAMES BURLING

Equality under the law project — loss at the Supreme Court San Francisco still trying to use landlords as ATMs California Department of Forestry malfeasance California Supreme Court allows questionable tort claim to move forward Equality under the law project — loss at the Supreme Court Our side lost in Fisher v. University of Texas &# ...


San Francisco still trying to force landlords to pay for tenants' high rent

June 22, 2016 | By CALEB TROTTER

In 2014 PLF successfully asked a federal court to strike down a San Francisco ordinance that required landlords to pay their tenants the difference between the rent they charged (often low due to rent control policies) and the current market rent for two years if the landlord removed their property from the rental market under … ...


President's weekly report — August 1, 2014

August 01, 2014 | By ROB RIVETT

Obamacare — When is a Tax not a Tax? We received a negative decision from the D.C. Circuit in Sissel v. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  This was our challenge to the Obamacare scheme based on the fact that the taxes in the statute did not originate in the House of Representatives, as … ...


Today : PLF and Wall Street Journal discuss rent control


PLF Principal Attorney R. S. Radford and members of The Wall Street Journal editorial board will discuss New York City’s rent control, and the constitutional challenge to the policy, LIVE at 2PM, on their website: Read the press release. … ...


Supreme Court won't vacate NYC rent controls


WASHINGTON, D.C.; April 23, 2012: The U.S. Supreme Court announced today that it will not hear Harmon v. Kimmel, a suit targeting New York City’s rent stabilization law as a violation of the Fifth Amendment ban on the uncompensated taking of private property. As the nation’s leading legal watchdog organization for property rights, Pacif ...