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Weekly litigation update — October 7, 2017

October 07, 2017 | By JAMES BURLING

New lawsuit challenging ESA overreach WOTUS at SCOTUS on Wednesday An end to mobilehome park fight in Palo Alto Opposing another legislative tax-limitation end-run, this time in Arizona Motion for Judgment attacking unconstitutional permit fees New lawsuit challenging ESA overreach This week we filed a complaint challenging the 2016 biological opin ...

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

April 11, 2016 | By

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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Supreme Court hears argument in raisin takings case

April 23, 2015 | By CHRIS KIESER

The Supreme Court yesterday heard oral argument in the “raisin takings case,” Horne v. United States Department of Agriculture. As we have previously explained, the Department of Agriculture brought an enforcement action against California raisin farmers Marvin and Laura Horne when they refused to transfer a significant portion of their ...

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Supreme Court issues decision in Alabama redistricting cases

March 25, 2015 | By CHRIS KIESER

This morning, the Supreme Court issued its decision in the combined Alabama redistricting cases – Alabama Legislative Black Caucus v. Alabama and Alabama Democratic Conference vs. Alabama. PLF filed this amicus brief before the Court. The plaintiffs in these cases challenged Alabama’s 2010 redistricting plan as an unconstitutional racia ...

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Pacific Legal Foundation files amicus brief supporting Drakes Bay Oyster Company's Supreme Court petition

May 19, 2014 | By TONY FRANCOIS

How many Americans own property, or own or work at a business, which relies on a federal permit of some kind? Probably millions. For example, tens of thousands of cattle ranches hold permits to graze on federal land in the Western United States. Thousands of hotels and other businesses operate in units of the National … ...

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PLF : "All-star" impact in the Supreme Court

April 04, 2013 | By TIMOTHY SANDEFUR

SCOTUSBlog has announced the results of its survey of the impact of friend-of-the-court briefs by organizations across the country. We’re very proud to learn that Pacific Legal Foundation ranks third in the nation, and first among constitutionally-oriented organizations in terms of its influence at the “cert. stage.” Here’s ...

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Florida "takings" victim seeks help from the U.S. Supreme Court

June 08, 2012 | By PACIFIC LEGAL FOUNDATION

Attorneys with Pacific Legal Foundation petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to hear the takings case of their client, Coy Koontz Jr. as representative of his father’s estate. Before Coy Koontz Sr. died, he was blocked from developing commercial property that he owned in Orange County, because of confiscatory and unconstitutional demands by the ...

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Sackett reaction : Enviros need to better coordinate their spin

March 21, 2012 | By PACIFIC LEGAL FOUNDATION

Earlier today I remarked how the Natural Resources Defense Council completely botched its analysis of this morning’s decision in Sackett v. EPA. Among other things, NRDC oddly suggested that the Supreme Court “did not give anyone a license to pollute,” as if the Sacketts’ mere request for judicial review of EPA’s egreg ...