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April 28, 2018

Weekly litigation update — April 28, 2018

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 ...

September 19, 2017

Ninth Circuit sides with PLF in an important free speech decision

The First Amendment doesn’t just protect your right to speak, it also protects your right not to speak. So imagine if your municipal government required you to devote 20% of your shirt to “Smith for City Council” or plaster 20% of your car with “remember to recycle” stickers. No matter how laudable (or sinister) the ...

March 23, 2017

San Francisco's attempt to extort landlords denied…again

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 ...

August 11, 2016

Wen Fa to discuss soda warnings and union trespass on Andy Caldwell Show

If you liked my most recent blog posts, you’ll love today’s episode of the Andy Caldwell Show. I’ll be joining Andy at 4:30 to discuss two of the hottest issues in constitutional law. First, I’ll be talking about the First Amendment implications of San Francisco’s soda warnings. Second, I’ll discuss PLF’s e ...

August 05, 2016

San Francisco's "war on big soda" takes a toll on First Amendment rights

San Francisco wants to be the City that takes down big soda. San Francisco’s “war on soda” is not itself problematic for free speech rights. Rather, it is the City’s tactics that has given rise to all sorts of First Amendment problems. Specifically, San Francisco did not use its own channels to broadcast its disdain ...

June 30, 2016

Recent threats to the First Amendment and short-term rentals

It should come as no surprise that governments struggle to regulate the disruptive nature of the “sharing economy.” Lately, this struggle has resulted in increasingly burdensome regulations on property owners renting their property short-term, and on the websites like Airbnb and VRBO that provide a platform to list those properties for ...

June 22, 2016

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

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 ...

April 01, 2015

"Two-tiered public transportation"

“Two-tiered public transportation” — that’s the punchline to this report I heard on NPR this morning. The report covers a recent increase in private luxury buses catering to San Francisco residents.  This is a problem according to the San Francisco Transit Riders Union — yes this is actually a thing — beca ...

October 22, 2014

Tim the Lawyer joins Armstrong & Getty re. PLF's victory in S.F. property rights case

I’ll be talking with Armstrong and Getty at 7am Pacific about our victory in the Levin case. You can listen online here. Update: You can listen to the podcast here. ...

October 22, 2014

S.F. to appeal Levin defeat–calls out PLF

Today, the City of San Francisco issued a press statement announcing its plans to appeal its recent loss in the case of Levin et. al. v. City and County of San Francisco. In that case, a federal court held that the City unconstitutionally took private property in enacting a law requiring landlords to pay tenants massive sums of ...

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