PLF’s Jim Burling leads a discussion of the recent rulings in the Town of Gilbert and Hornecases, in which free speech and property rights, respectively, were the winners.
Direct download: 6_24_15_pod.mp3
Category:Non-Profit -- posted at: 8:30am PDT


Can a city withhold a permit to build new housing units unless the builder ‘donates’ 15% of the new home units at a price below the cost of building the homes? PLF challenged just such a shakedown scheme enacted by the City of San Jose, CA.  This week, the California Supreme Court released its unfavorable decision in California Building Industry Association v. City of San Jose. In this podcast, Tony Francois, PLF Senior Staff Attorney who argued the case before the CA Supreme Court, explains why this ruling is terrible for all residents in California, no matter what their income, and what the next steps might be to take the case to the Supreme Court of the United States.

Direct download: San-Jose-Decision-6-17-15.mp3
Category:Non-Profit -- posted at: 8:00am PDT

On Tuesday, June 2, 2015, Pacific Legal Foundation and Competitive Enterprise Institute held a joint event on Capitol Hill to discuss the constitutional limits of the Endangered Species Act (ESA). 
This podcast highlights that event and the landmark case, where a federal district judge in Utah recently ruled in favor of a challenge by People for the Ethical Treatment of Property Owners (PETPO), holding that the federal government has no constitutional power to regulate private activities affecting the Utah prairie dog on non-federal property because the species does not have a substantial effect on interstate commerce.
Direct download: 6-10-15_PETPO_in_DC.mp3
Category:Non-Profit -- posted at: 8:00am PDT

The Obama Administration has issued an open-ended new definition of "waters of the United States" that gives Clean Water Act regulators nearly limitless jurisdiction over landowners nationwide.   PLF's Reed Hopper and Todd Gaziano discuss how the new rule violates the law and the Constitution -- making a legal challenge inevitable.

Direct download: wotus_reax.mp3
Category:Non-Profit -- posted at: 8:00am PDT






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