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Contact: James S. Burling
Director of Litigation
Pacific Legal Foundation
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Tom Sullivan Show will feature PLF’s Koontz property rights case this weekend

Jim Burling at the U.S. Supreme Court
James S. Burling
Director of Ligitation

Sacramento, CA; January 18, 2013: James S. Burling, Director of Litigation with Pacific Legal Foundation, is scheduled to appear this weekend on The Tom Sullivan Show, on Fox Business Channel, to discuss PLF’s major property rights case at the U.S. Supreme Court, Koontz v. St. Johns River Water Management District.

The Tom Sullivan Show airs five times, nationally, over the weekend on Fox Business Channel.

Saturday: 7:00 p.m. EST, and 10:00 p.m. EST.
Sunday: 3:00 a.m., 5:00 a.m., and 7:00 p.m. EST.

The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument in Koontz this past Tuesday, January 15. Burling was present at the counsel’s table, along with PLF Principal Attorney Paul J. Beard II, who presented arguments for PLF’s client, Coy Koontz Jr.

On the Tom Sullivan Show, Burling will discuss the facts and important constitutional issues in the case, and offer perspective on Tuesday’s oral argument.

Koontz case is important for all property owners, nationwide

Coy Koontz Jr, PLF U.S. Supreme Court property rights clientEvery property owner, nationwide, is potentially affected by the core issue in the case: Can the government use the land use permitting process as an excuse to shake down property owners? Can regulators demand outrageous sums of money, or other unrelated concessions and conditions, as the price of a land use permit?

The late Coy Koontz Sr. had sought a development permit for three acres he owned in Orange County, Florida. The St. Johns River Water Management District responded with an extortionate demand: Mr. Koontz could get his permit only if he paid for upgrades to government property miles away from his land — upgrades that could cost as much as $150,000! Mr. Koontz sued, but passed away in 2000. PLF attorneys represent his son, Coy Koontz Jr., in arguing the case at the nation’s highest court.

PLF attorneys represent Coy Koontz Jr. free of charge, as with all PLF clients.

About Pacific Legal Foundation
Donor-supported Pacific Legal Foundation ( is a nonprofit, public interest watchdog organization that litigates for limited government, property rights, individual rights, free enterprise, and a balanced approach to environmental regulations, in courts nationwide.

The Koontz case is PLF’s eighth direct-representation case at the U.S. Supreme Court for liberty and limited government. Last year, PLF won Sackett v. EPA at the High Court, in which the justices unanimously held that property owners have a right to challenge federal “wetlands compliance orders” in court.