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California must stop criminalizing falcon owners

California must stop criminalizing falcon owners

BY TIMOTHY R. SNOWBALL, ATTORNEY Today, Peter Stavrianoudakis, Katherine Stavrianoudakis, Scott Timmons, Eric Ariyoshi, and American Falconry Conservancy filed a Motion for a Preliminary Injunction in their federal lawsuit to protect licensed falconers’ constitutional rights under the Fourth and First Amendments. If granted by the Court, this injunction will prevent California and U.S. Fish and Wildlife officers from […]

Home-sharing is an economic boon. So why are cities trying to stamp it out?

Home-sharing is an economic boon. So why are cities trying to stamp it out?

BY CALEB R. TROTTER ATTORNEY . Last year, Iowa property owners earned a cool $9.3 million renting out their properties through the popular home-sharing service Airbnb. That’s $9.3 million that helps the owners to pay mortgages on those properties, as well as other expenses like school tuition, groceries, and emergency savings. In addition, the 100,000 or so bookings […]

Justice Kavanaugh and the path of the law

Justice Kavanaugh and the path of the law

    BY MARK MILLER, SENIOR ATTORNEY Over the the last several months, I repeatedly have been asked what a Justice Kavanaugh would mean both for PLF cases specifically and the law in general. Now that the possibility has become reality, let’s consider the answers to those questions and a few other questions posed by his […]

Pacific Legal Foundation | Supreme Court’s First Week’s Cases – The Fight for Property Rights

Pacific Legal Foundation | Supreme Court’s First Week’s Cases – The Fight for Property Rights

The U.S. Supreme Court fall term gets underway three days from now with a number of PLF cases on the docket that could set major precedents for individual property rights and the Constitution’s Separation of Powers. Here are the PLF cases going before the High Court next week, along with quick takes from E&E News […]

Pacific Legal Foundation asks Supreme Court to give homeowners meaningful protection from excessive fines

Pacific Legal Foundation asks Supreme Court to give homeowners meaningful protection from excessive fines

By Christina M. Martin, Attorney Our friends at Institute for Justice have convinced the Supreme Court to soon decide in the case Timbs v. Indiana whether the Constitution restrains states (and not just the federal government) from imposing excessive fines. This case started when the State of Indiana  attempted to take Mr. Timbs’s Land Rover, on top of other […]

Supreme Court reconsiders rule that gave prisoners better access to federal courts than property owners

Supreme Court reconsiders rule that gave prisoners better access to federal courts than property owners

BY CHRISTINA M. MARTIN, ATTORNEY When government violates constitutional rights, most people assume they can seek justice in federal courts. Usually that assumption is correct. For instance, if your local city unconstitutionally censors your speech, you can go to federal court and sue. The same rule applies when government violates nearly any constitutional right. But when […]

Lead paint, public nuisance, and the First Amendment

Lead paint, public nuisance, and the First Amendment

By Deborah J. La Fetra, Senior Attorney Prior to 1951, lead paint was lawfully sold and used in the interior of houses. This presented no problem at the time, but, as it ages and deteriorates, and as little children gnaw on windowsills and such while teething, it can become a source of lead poisoning. For […]

Pacific Legal Foundation | Farmers, and ranchers challenge state’s ‘endangered’ listing of gray wolf

Pacific Legal Foundation | Farmers, and ranchers challenge state’s ‘endangered’ listing of gray wolf

SACRAMENTO, CA;  January 31, 2017:  The California Fish and Game Commission has neglected sound scientific analysis, undermined sensible wildlife protections — and violated state law — by unjustifiably adding the gray wolf to the state’s list of “endangered” species. So argues a lawsuit filed today by Pacific Legal Foundation on behalf of the California Cattlemen’s […]

Christmas in July

Christmas in July

By Ethan W. Blevins, Attorney . You better watch out. PLF is now Santa’s legal counsel. Santa probably fends off a barrage of bogus lawsuits; implied warranty claims from kids disappointed in their toys, property owners filing fraudulent claims over roof damage, Scrooges claiming noise pollution from too much jolly laughter and tinkling bells in the […]

Commentary | No, police can’t lie their way into our homes

Commentary | No, police can’t lie their way into our homes

BY TIMOTHY R. SNOWBALL, ATTORNEY As children we are taught that law enforcement officers are here to help us. After all, who do you call when you need help? The police. But effective policing within communities depends on a relationship of trust between law enforcement and the public. When law enforcement breaks that trust it not only makes […]