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President’s weekly report — June 19, 2015

June 19, 2015 | By ROB RIVETT

Bad news on property rights from the California Supreme Court To celebrate the Magna Carta’s 800th birthday, the California Supreme Court issued this unanimous and depressing opinion on the state of property rights in California.  California Building Industry Association v. San Jose involves the city’s requirement that builders of 20 o ...

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President's weekly report — September 25, 2015

September 25, 2015 | By ROB RIVETT

Supreme Court and wetlands determinations — again? After we won Sackett on the question whether a landowner is entitled to judicial review of a wetlands ruling before facing ruinous penalties and permitting costs we had hoped the federal government would get the message.  It hasn’t.  So now we have two new petitions before the Suprem ...

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President’s weekly report — April 8, 2016

April 08, 2016 | By ROB RIVETT

Endangered species — California Sea Otters PLF filed its opening brief in a challenge to the Fish and Wildlife Service’s denial of a petition demanding that the agency follow the law in California Sea Urchin Commission v. United States Fish & Wildlife Service. This case centers on a compromise that Congress struck between the Servic ...

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Weekly litigation report — November 19, 2016

November 19, 2016 | By JAMES BURLING

Special taxes Endangered species — otters and urchins Guilty until proven innocent Separation of powers  Special taxes We filed our petition for review in Building Industry Association of the Bay Area v. City of San Ramon. This is the case where San Ramon has put all undeveloped properties into a “special district” so it can  ...

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Weekly litigation report — January 21, 2017

January 21, 2017 | By JAMES BURLING

“Cap and Trade” argument set for Tuesday Supreme Court turns down free speech case The public trust doctrine in Washington State Sea urchin filing School choice victories in Florida! School choice brief filed in Georgia Reply brief in Jaguar case filed “Cap and Trade” argument set for Tuesday The California Court of Appeal w ...

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Weekly litigation report — June 17, 2017

June 17, 2017 | By JAMES BURLING

Interior Secretary Zinke Recommends Bears Ears Reduction Indian River County School Board responds to public outcry, but continues to ignore First Amendment California Supreme Court protects private property Class Action action Florida family loses property rights’ case in Florida appellate court Telling truth to tort Supreme Court asks town ...

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Weekly litigation update — March 3, 2018

March 03, 2018 | By JAMES BURLING

Supreme Court oral argument in Minnesota Voters Alliance v. Mansky Ninth Circuit: Unelected bureaucrats can do whatever they want, no matter what the law or facts say. See Chevron. Santa Barbara Fights to Keep its Home Inspection Program. Balancing the Rights of Washington’s Citizens Supreme Court oral argument in Minnesota Voters Alliance v. ...

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Weekly litigation report — July 7, 2018

July 07, 2018 | By JAMES BURLING

17 states urge the Supreme Court to grant PLF case and overrule Chevron deference  On Thursday, Texas—joined by 16 other states—filed an amicus brief supporting our petition in California Sea Urchin Commission v. Combs. The states’ brief explains that “the time has come to reconsider Chevron deference, and this case provides an app ...