In the early weeks of the New Year, the Supreme Court will be deciding whether to accept some blockbuster PLF appeals.   These high-profile cases involve many of PLF's key areas of specialty: property rights, environmental law, free enterprise, and individual rights.
 

Direct download: 2015_outlook2.mp3
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PLF President Rob Rivett joins Chief Financial Officer, Kim DeVincenzi, and Chief Development Officer, Bob Dean, and host, Bob Krauter, for a discussion about the importance of individual donors to Pacific Legal Foundation’s pro-freedom mission in the nation’s courts.  As December 31 looms, the deadline for making a 2014 charitable donation,  topics include gifts of cash, appreciated stock, recurring gifts, and gifts from the recently approved extension to the IRA Charitable Rollover.

Direct download: 122414_Last_minute_giving.mp3
Category:Non-Profit -- posted at: 8:00am PST
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PLF Principal Attorney Paul J. Beard II joins host, Bob Krauter, to discuss new developments in two high-profile challenges to the California Coastal Commission’s bullying of property owners.  He highlights a victory for three sisters who sought a permit for repairs to a farmhouse and barn, and gives details of another lawsuit that will be heard at the California Supreme Court, involving two home owners in Encinitas who are battling the Commission for the right to use a seawall to protect their property.

Direct download: Lynch_update.mp3
Category:Non-Profit -- posted at: 7:35am PST
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Federal Clean Water Act regulators are pushing a massive expansion of their power over land use, by proposing to define “the waters of the United States” as practically any place that is ever wet.  PLF has filed comments in opposition – and is warning of a legal challenge if the scheme goes ahead.

Direct download: 121014_clean_water_pod.mp3
Category:Non-Profit -- posted at: 8:00am PST
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PLF Chief Development Officer Bob Dean joins host, Bob Krauter, for a discussion about the many ways Americans can support Pacific Legal Foundation’s pro-freedom mission in the courts to safeguard our constitutional rights and liberties.  The discussion includes making gifts of cash, online giving, appreciated stock, real estate, charitable gift annuities, gifts from donor advised funds, and gifts from an IRA.

Direct download: 12-3-14_giving.mp3
Category:Non-Profit -- posted at: 8:00am PST
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PLF President Rob Rivett leads a discussion of the year’s top legal victories for limited government, property rights and free enterprise. His guests are PLF principal attorneys Paul Beard and J. David Breemer, and PLF attorney Jonathan Wood.
 
Direct download: thanksgiving_podcast.mp3
Category:Non-Profit -- posted at: 8:00am PST
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PLF won a major federal court ruling, invalidating San Francisco's exorbitant relocation payment mandate on landlords

Direct download: 11_19_14_Levin_with_politics.mp3
Category:Non-Profit -- posted at: 9:00am PST
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Responding to a PLF lawsuit, filed on behalf of a citizens group, Federal Judge Dee Benson rules the regulations for the Utah prairie dog are unconstitutional.  PLF attorney Jonathan Wood, and Derek Morton, a representative of the People for the Ethical Treatment of Property Owners, discuss the ruling with host, Bob Krauter.  The federal district court held that the government has no power under the Commerce Clause to regulate the Utah Prairie Dog, a rodent that exists, 40,000 strong, only in Utah.

Direct download: 111214_PETPO.mp3
Category:Non-Profit -- posted at: 2:32pm PST
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On behalf of The Crafted Keg in Stuart, Florida, PLF is suing over Florida’s prohibition on half-gallon refillable beer jugs.

Direct download: 11_5_14_growler_podcast2.mp3
Category:Non-Profit -- posted at: 8:00am PST
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In the case McLean v. City of Alexandria, PLF is challenging the constitutionality of a city ordinance in Alexandria, Virginia, that forbids “for sale” signs in cars parked on the street, by making it illegal to park on a public street for the purpose of advertising your car. The First Amendment protects everyone’s right to express themselves, and that includes the freedom to advertise.

Direct download: 10_23_14_McLean_podcast.mp3
Category:Non-Profit -- posted at: 12:57pm PST
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PLF’s challenge to California’s “cap and trade” auction moves to the state court of appeal.    The requirement for businesses to bid for carbon “credits” in order to keep their doors open amounts to a massive new tax program.   It’s unconstitutional because it was enacted without 2/3 majorities in the Legislature, as Proposition 13 requires for new taxes.

Direct download: 101714_Morningstar_pod.mp3
Category:Non-Profit -- posted at: 8:00am PST
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Key members of Congress and a coalition of states file briefs in support of PLF’s “Origination Clause” lawsuit.

Direct download: Sequence_alt.mp3
Category:Non-Profit -- posted at: 8:05am PST
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A federal court heard PLF’s constitutional arguments against San Francisco’s ransom demand on landlords who want to remove their units from the rental market.

Direct download: 10_8_14_levin2.mp3
Category:Non-Profit -- posted at: 8:00am PST
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PLF is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to affirm that property rights are among the fundamental rights protected by the the Constitution’s guarantee of due process of law.   The Eleventh Circuit held they are not – contradicting precedents from the High Court and other circuits.  The case arises from a Sanibel, Florida ban on new docks – but the issues are important for property owners everywhere.

Direct download: Kentner_pod_2.mp3
Category:Non-Profit -- posted at: 8:00am PST
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Principal attorney Damien Schiff discusses PLF’s cert petition requesting the Supreme Court to overturn the Ninth Circuit’s decision upholding the water cutbacks imposed on California’s San Joaquin Valley on account of the Delta smelt.

Direct download: 10114_smelt_pod.mp3
Category:Non-Profit -- posted at: 8:30am PST
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Pacific Legal Foundation welcomes in three new CPIL fellows to the organization.  The CPILs dicuss their road to PLF and also some of their personal interests.

Direct download: CPIL_pod.mp3
Category:Non-Profit -- posted at: 8:00am PST
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PLF principal attorneys, Paul J. Beard and Timothy Sandefur, discuss the history of the Program for Judicial Awareness writing competition, its goals, and details of the 2014 competition that offers up to $6,000 in cash prizes to currently enrolled law school students.

Direct download: pja_podcast.mp3
Category:Non-Profit -- posted at: 8:40am PST
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PLF is asking the state’s highest court to hear our challenge to the state’s attempt to issue $8.6 billion in bullet-train bonds, because the project has lacked basic openness and accountability

Direct download: 9_10_14_HSR_update.mp3
Category:Non-Profit -- posted at: 8:00am PST
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Pacific Legal Foundation (PLF), a national property rights organization, today stepped in to lead a legal fight against Oakland’s unfair — and illegal — treatment of rental property owners who try to challenge arbitrary fees and liens.

Direct download: 9614_Lippman_pod_seq.mp3
Category:Non-Profit -- posted at: 8:00am PST
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Martin County is threatening the husband-and-wife owners of Flash Beach Grille with tens of thousands of dollars in fines, to enforce a decades-old “conservation easement” that the county never bothered to record.

Direct download: flash_beach_pod.mp3
Category:Non-Profit -- posted at: 7:00am PST
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PLF senior staff attorney Joshua Thompson, and Ashley Indrieri, PLF’s public outreach coordinator and grant writer, join host Bob Krauter for a discussion of high-profile cases involving school choice as we celebrate Back to School Choice Week (Aug. 17-23).  Thompson discusses recently filed amicus briefs in several school choice cases in Alabama, Colorado, and Washington State. Indrieri gives her views on school choice from her perspective as a parent and taxpayer.

Direct download: 82014_schoolchoice.mp3
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PLF Principal Attorney Meriem Hubbard is joined by Senior Staff Attorney Joshua Thompson to discuss PLF’s Individual Rights Practice Group.  The two attorneys discuss how PLF’s IR Group got its start, some of the interesting cases they are currently litigating, and where they see the practice heading in the future.
 

Direct download: 81314_IR.mp3
Category:Non-Profit -- posted at: 8:00am PST
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PLF Principal Attorney Timothy Sandefur and College of Public Interest Law Fellow Anastasia Boden discuss the recent motion in PLF's lawsuit to defend the fundamental rights of entrepreneur, Leslie Young.  Young operates an online advertising business, Elist.me, to help homeowners who want to offer their house for "sale by owner," but Young is challenging a Nebraska agency that is forcing her to get a real estate broker's license in that state.

Direct download: _8_6_14_young.mp3
Category:Non-Profit -- posted at: 8:00am PST
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After an adverse ruling from a three-judge panel of the D.C. Circuit, PLF pledges to move forward with our “Origination Clause” challenge to Obamacare, all the way to the Supreme Court if necessary.

Direct download: 7_30_14_sissel_verdict.mp3
Category:Non-Profit -- posted at: 8:00am PST
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PLF is challenging a new ordinance that can essentially force property owners to serve as landlords whether they want to or not

Direct download: 72414_levin.mp3
Category:Non-Profit -- posted at: 11:30am PST
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PLF principal attorney Paul J. Beard provides analysis of the July 14 oral argument in Lynch v. California Coastal Commission at the California Fourth District Court of Appeal.   He joins host Bob Krauter for a discussion of the case of two Encinitas homeowners who are battling the Commission’s onerous and illegal permit conditions to repair a seawall.

Direct download: 7_16_14_lynch.mp3
Category:Non-Profit -- posted at: 8:00am PST
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The United States Supreme Court ended its term with a bang, issuing three major decisions and turning down one important appeal.  PLF Director of Litigation Jim Burling discusses Hobby Lobby, Harris v. Quinn, Noel Canning and Drake’s Bay Oyster Company with PLF attorneys.
 

Direct download: 7_9_14_supreme_court_recap.mp3
Category:Non-Profit -- posted at: 8:00am PST
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PLF attorneys discuss how the Declaration of Independence and the ideals of the Founding Fathers inspires their work at PLF today.

Direct download: 7214_fourth_of_July.mp3
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Host Bob Krauter interviews Doug Kruse, new regional development officer for the Atlantic Center, and PLF Chief Development Officer Bob Dean to discuss PLF’s funding opportunities along the Atlantic seaboard.

Direct download: 62514_Kruse.mp3
Category:Non-Profit -- posted at: 8:00am PST
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Despite objections from PLF, the California Air Resources Board moves forward with a scoping plan to implement the state’s cap-and-trade law.  Jim Burling, PLF’s director of Litigation, and PLF attorney Tony Francois discuss the myriad impacts coming to virtually every sector of the state’s economy and to consumers.

Direct download: 6_18_14_ab_32.mp3
Category:Non-Profit -- posted at: 8:00am PST
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Representing property owners and other concerned organizations, PLF petitions feds to drop the unjustified ESA listing of the California gnatcatcher
 

Direct download: 6_11_14_gnat_DAM.mp3
Category:Non-Profit -- posted at: 8:00am PST
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June marks the official launch of Pacific Legal Foundation’s DC Center near Capitol Hill.  PLF President Rob Rivett and Todd Gaziano, executive director of the new center, discuss the mission and activities of PLF’s outpost by the Potomac.

Direct download: 6414_DC.mp3
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Looking back: highlighting PLF cases in 2014

Jim Burling, director of litigation for Pacific Legal Foundation, speaks to PLF staff lawyers about cases the organization has tackled in the past and current cases. 

Direct download: 52814_recap.mp3
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PLF is representing the First Free Will Church of Bakersfield in challenging the billions of dollars in “High Speed Rail” bonds that California officials propose to sell.   State officials don’t want to demonstrate that the plan they propose to fund with these bonds is the same project that voters approved.

Direct download: 5-21-14_HSR_pod.mp3
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Managing attorney Mark Miller, and attorney and College of Public Interest Law fellow Christina Martin, of PLF’s Atlantic Center, discuss a new lawsuit that challenges the listing of the manatee as “endangered” under the U.S. Endangered Species Act, even though federal officials’ own scientific findings say that the species, found in the warm waters of Florida and elsewhere on the Atlantic Coast, should be “downlisted” to “threatened.”  Miller and Martin say improving numbers of manatees should be celebrated, and the Fish and Wildlife Service should abide by its 2007 data and the rule of law by downlisting the manatee.

Direct download: 5_14_14_manatee.mp3
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Facing a three-judge panel at the DC Circuit Court of Appeals on May 8, 2014, Pacific Legal Foundation principal attorney Timothy Sandefur argued PLF’s challenge to the Affordable Care Act, Sissel v. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. 

Direct download: 13-5202.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:49pm PST
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Pacific Legal Foundation’s new DC Center is under the direction of Todd Gaziano, who joined PLF after a distinguished 17-year career at The Heritage Foundation.  Todd joins podcast host, Bob Krauter, for a discussion about the new DC Center and Todd’s in-depth experience in legal and policy issues in the nation’s capital.

Direct download: 5_7_14_todd_pod.mp3
Category:Non-Profit -- posted at: 8:00am PST
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PLF is challenging the Affordable Care Act for violating the Constitution’s Origination Clause because it raises taxes but started in the Senate, not the House.  Our case – Sissel v. U.S. Department of Health & Human Services -- will be heard by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, on May 8.

 

 

Direct download: 4-30-pod_sissel.mp3
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PLF President Rob Rivett previews the festivities  at the April 2014 gala, Standing for Freedom, at the Sofitel San Francisco Bay in Redwood City.

Direct download: last_gala_2.mp3
Category:Non-Profit -- posted at: 9:00am PST
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PLF is challenging the feds’ unjustified shut-down of a Northern California wheat farm owned by family-operated Duarte Nursery.

Direct download: 4_16_14_durate_pod.mp3
Category:Non-Profit -- posted at: 9:00am PST
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San Ramon's “community facilities” district won’t create any new “facilities.”  It’s merely a new tax on landowners to help with the city’s pension payments.  It also happens to violate the Mello Roos Act and Proposition 218.

Direct download: 4214_san_ramon.mp3
Category:Non-Profit -- posted at: 7:30am PST
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In the midst of California’s severe drought, the Ninth Circuit recently approved harsh ESA regulations that withhold water from millions of people for the speculative benefit of a tiny, declining fish species (the delta smelt).   This case could eventually reach the U.S. Supreme Court – where there needs to be a re-think of precedents that mandate protection of ESA-listed animals and plants at “whatever the cost” to the human species.

Direct download: 32624_drought.mp3
Category:Non-Profit -- posted at: 8:00am PST
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PLF fights to defend taxpayers from being run over by the California High Speed Rail project

Direct download: 3_19_14_HSE.mp3
Category:Non-Profit -- posted at: 8:00am PST
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Mark is the new managing attorney of Pacific Legal Foundation’s Atlantic Center, in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.  He sits down with PLF’s Bob Krauter to discuss his legal background and his plans for litigation in the Sunshine State.

Direct download: 3_12_14_mark_miller.mp3
Category:Non-Profit -- posted at: 8:30am PST
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PLF chief financial officer, Kim DeVincenzi, and chief development officer, Bob Dean, discuss some of the one-of-a-kind items going up for bid at PLF’s silent auction on Saturday, April 26, at the Sofitel San Francisco Bay.

Direct download: _3-10-14_gala_auction.mp3
Category:Non-Profit -- posted at: 8:26am PST
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PLF attorney Anastasia Boden joins client, Troy Castillo, a private investigator based in Palm Springs, for a discussion about a new lawsuit that targets Nevada’s 2013 law that prohibits PIs who do not have a “brick and mortar” office in the Silver State.

Direct download: 3414_castillo.mp3
Category:Non-Profit -- posted at: 7:30am PST
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ESA policies put fish before people, sending precious water away from farms and cities, straight out to sea.

Direct download: 2_19_14_drought.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:00am PST
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PLF defeats Kentucky’s cartel scheme for the moving business.  Principal attornet Timothy Sandefur and client Wally Bruner talks about the victory.

Direct download: 2_12_14_bruner_win.mp3
Category:Non-Profit -- posted at: 8:30am PST
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In the Hobby Lobby case, PLF's amicus brief argues that corporations, as collections of individuals, have First Amendment freedoms, and the right to defend them in court

Direct download: 2514_hobby_lobby.mp3
Category:Non-Profit -- posted at: 8:00am PST
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PLF principal attorney Brian Hodges joins client and property owner, Maureen Richter, in discussing her case which has been appealed to the Supreme Court.  She argues the City of Des Moines’ land use permit review process is unfair and biased.

Direct download: 1_29_14_richter.mp3
Category:Non-Profit -- posted at: 10:00am PST
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PLF’s Damien Schiff and former Interior Department official Julie MacDonald talk about their Wall Street Journal op-ed arguing for commonsense changes in ESA policies and enforcement

Direct download: 1-22-14_wsj_oped.mp3
Category:Non-Profit -- posted at: 8:00am PST
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A beloved, family-owned Bay Area business will appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court as a despotic federal bureaucracy tries to shut it down

Direct download: 1-15-14_drakes.mp3
Category:Non-Profit -- posted at: 10:38am PST
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What is on the horizon for property rights litigation in 2014?  What will happen to our Supreme Court victories this year?  And what is the California Coastal Commission up to now?  James Burling, PLF’s Director of Litigation, leads a discussion on these questions with Paul Beard, PLF’s attorney who argued the Koontz case, and Brian Hodges, PLF’s Managing Attorney of our Bellevue office.

Direct download: 11_8_14_property_rights_outlook.mp3
Category:Non-Profit -- posted at: 7:30am PST
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Why courts should recognize The Declaration of Independence and its pro-freedom perspective as their foremost interpretive guide  

Direct download: 1-4-14_tims_book.mp3
Category:Non-Profit -- posted at: 7:30am PST
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