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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 ...

March 10, 2018

Weekly litigation report — March 10, 2018

Supreme Court grants hugely important property rights case! For over thirty years PLF attorneys have been trying to put an end to the infamous "Williamson County" rule that stops property owners from going to federal court to vindicate their constitutionally guaranteed property rights. Named after a 1985 case where the Court refused to hear a ...

August 11, 2017

Pennsylvania Supreme Court enables school district's bad behavior

This week the Pennsylvania Supreme Court decided Discovery Charter School v. School District of Philadelphia. As we discussed last year, Discovery is a successful Philadelphia school that serves grades K-8. In light of its students’ academic success, Discovery amassed a waiting list of 1,448 hopeful new students. In 2012, Discovery sought ...

July 30, 2017

Palm Lane Elementary will finally convert to a charter school

In April, the California Court of Appeal affirmed a victory won by parents of students at Anaheim’s Palm Lane Elementary School. The parents had used California’s “parent trigger” law to petition to have the perpetually failing school converted into a charter school, but the school district sued the parents to stop the petit ...

June 27, 2017

U.S. Supreme Court rules that some taxpayer funded benefits are available to religious institutions

Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a win for the Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia.  The question in the case against the State of Missouri, was whether the State violated the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment by refusing to allow the Church to participate in a program offering rubber surfacing material to nonprofit organization ...

April 29, 2017

Weekly litigation report — April 29, 2017

Supreme Court requests further briefing in affordable housing case Victory in Anaheim parent-trigger case Brief opposing EPA regulatory overkill Senate hearing addresses PLF wetlands case WOTUS at SCOTUS Wolf Releases Revived Supreme Court requests further briefing in affordable housing case At least some of the justices at the Supreme Court are in ...

April 28, 2017

Victory in Anaheim parent trigger law case

A little over a year ago we wrote about a maddening case in Anaheim, California. In 2015, a group of elementary school parents sought to take advantage of California’s Parent Empowerment Act (the “parent trigger”) to force the Anaheim City School District to convert their children’s continually failing school into an indepe ...

January 27, 2017

Anaheim school district soon to be in court

Last year, PLF and Parent Revolution joined forces to support a group of elementary school parents who were sued by the Anaheim school district. What did the parents do to warrant legal action? As we previously discussed, they invoked California’s Parent Empowerment Act, also known as the “parent trigger,” and petitioned to conve ...

January 26, 2017

Pennsylvania public school tries to evade competition (again!)

Second verse, same as the first! We know that teachers’ unions have some serious lobbying power. And we know they use this power to insulate public schools from competition. Take Pennsylvania, where school districts have repeatedly used (and abused) their power to handicap successful charter schools. ...

January 25, 2017

School Choice Week podcast

This week’s Courting Liberty podcast is all about school choice. I am joined on the podcast by Wencong Fa. As PLF’s leading school choice litigators, we discuss the history of school choice, why it’s so important, and what PLF is doing for school choice in courts nationwide. ...