PLF in the Supreme Court

Fisher Equality Under the Law case

University of Texas is flouting the Constitution with race-based admissions

Abigail Fisher v. University of Texas
This case asks whether the admissions policies and procedures at the University of Texas at Austin (UT) which grant preferences to students of certain races and ethnic backgrounds violate the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution. Read more

Arkansas Game & Fish

When government floods your land, it can be liable for a taking — even if the flooding is intermittent

Arkansas Game & Fish Commission v. United States
Can government acts that result in intermittent flooding over a period of eight years give rise to a claim for damages for a temporary taking? As amicus in support of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, PLF argues that such acts can indeed create a liability for a taking. Read more

Decker v. Northwest Environmental Defense Center

Fighting unnecessary regulatory restrictions on forest road maintenance

Decker v. Northwest Environmental Defense Center
Northwest Environmental Defense Center (NEDC) brought suit in federal District Court in Oregon against the State of Oregon and several timber companies, alleging that the State and timber company defendants had violated the Clean Water Act by discharging, as part of their forest road construction and maintenance, stormwater into jurisdictional waters without a required permit. Read more

Personal care providers can't be conscripted into union representation

Harris v. Quinn
May a state compel personal care providers to accept and financially support a union as their exclusive representative to petition the state for greater reimbursements from its Medicaid programs? As amicus (along with the Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence), in support of Pamela Harris, et al. PLF argues: No. Read more

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PLF challenges EPA's sweeping global warming ruling

Pacific Legal Foundation v. EPA
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized an "endangerment finding" laying the groundwork for stringent regulation of greenhouse gases, which will have a severe impact on the American economy. In the endangerment finding, the agency determined that greenhouse gas emissions endanger public health and welfare. Read more

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PLF and the Sacketts: an important win at the Supreme Court

Sackett v. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
In an unanimous opinion, the Supreme Court rules that landowners have a right to direct, meaningful judicial review if the EPA effectively seizes control of their property by declaring it to be "wetlands." The Court rules in favor of PLF clients Mike and Chantell Sackett, of Priest Lake, Idaho, who were told by EPA -- and by the Ninth Circuit -- that they could not get direct court review of EPA's claim that their two-thirds of an acre parcel is "wetlands" and that they must obey a detailed and instrusive EPA "compliance" order, or be hit with fines of up to $75,000 per day. Read more

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Feds should no longer be micro-managing local political procedures

Shelby v. Holder
This case challenges the constitutionality of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Section 5 requires covered states and jurisdictions to obtain approval from the federal government before implementing even the most trivial changes to voting procedures. Read more

Koontz Family, PLF property rights clients

There's no "off-site" exception to Fifth Amendment's takings clause

St. Johns River Water Management District v. Koontz
Coy A. Koontz wants to develop commercial land, most of which lies within a riparian habitat protection zone in Orange County, Florida. He applied for a dredge and fill permit with the St. Johns Water Management District. St. Johns agreed to grant the permit, but only on the condition that he place a conservation easement over his land, and perform mitigation off-site by replacing culverts and plugging certain drainage canals on other properties not owned by Koontz and miles away from the property. Read more

 

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