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September 17, 2015

Belts, suspenders, and overalls–the pointless and harmful growth of wrongful discharge law

The Supreme Court of Washington is on a crusade to protect workers from evil bosses even when it’s unnecessary and hurts everyone. ...

April 24, 2015

Everybody wins with at-will employment

In the U.S.A. of old, your boss could fire you if he didn’t like the color of your socks, the smell of your lunch, or the pitch of your sneeze. And you could get up and walk whenever it suited you. While the latter remains true, the traditional rule that an employer can discharge staff at will ...

January 13, 2015

A farce, a tragedy, or both

James Madison once wrote, “a popular government, without popular information, or the means of acquiring it, is but a prologue to a Farce, or a Tragedy, or, perhaps, both.” Despite being bad at agreeing on about anything nowadays, most everyone likes the idea of transparent government. Except for the government. ...

December 01, 2014

The erosion of traditional fair play

Charlie Brown always fell for Lucy’s trick of whipping the football away just as he approached for a kick. One Thanksgiving, Charlie Brown hesitated, but Lucy insisted that football was a Thanksgiving tradition. As Charlie Brown lay on his back after being duped again, Lucy smiled down and said, “Isn’t it peculiar, Charlie Bro ...

March 18, 2014

Washington courts lose a constitutional scholar

Yesterday, Justice James M. Johnson of the Washington State Supreme Court announced his early retirement from the bench. This is sad news for Washington. Justice Johnson is a well-respected historian of the state constitution and a strong advocate for the principles embodied therein. During his years on the bench, he showed a marked concern for pr ...

May 09, 2013

Supreme Court should allow property owners to seek damages for unlawful zoning decisions

PLF attorneys filed a petition for review with the Washington Supreme Court this week in a case called Manna Funding, LLC v. Kittitas County.  This is an important property rights case in which PLF seeks reversal of a lower court decision that stripped property owners of vital safeguards in the land use permitting process. The ...

June 25, 2012

PLF petitions Washington Supreme Court to uphold property owners' right to sue government for damages

About a month ago, we brought you the story of Wendy Birnbaum, a Pierce County, Washington, property owner who got stuck in the permitting process when she applied to open a campground and RV park on her property in the foothills of Mt. Rainier.  This week, we submitted a petition for review to the Supreme ...

March 20, 2012

20 years of Pacific Northwest victories: fighting for a coherent regulatory takings test

At the time PLF opened its office in the Pacific Northwest, Washington's courts had adopted an extremely pro-regulation and anti-property rights stance toward regulatory takings law.  This was primarily due to the fact that the courts were operating under the notion that any regulation of private property that is designed to protect people from ha ...

January 11, 2012

Who should decide whether a Washington property owner has suffered a taking?

In Laurel Park Community, LLC v. City of Tumwater, several manufactured home park owners challenge a city ordinance that essentially prohibits them from using their property for anything but a manufactured home park.  PLF filed an amicus brief supporting the park owners last fall, which we told you about at the time. Now the case ...

August 23, 2010

Washington's supreme court orders a landowner to sell his property to neighbors

Author: Brian T. Hodges They say that bad facts make bad law.  Well, here's a doozy.  Noel Proctor and Ford and Christina Huntington purchased neighboring parcels in Southern Washington.  The Huntingtons unwittingly built their home approximately 400 feet onto Proctor's land.  Proctor discovered the encroachment and unsucces ...