In continuation of last week, this week's podcast comes from PLF's DC Center with Todd Gaziano and Shauneen Werlinger adding their insights to more of the cases currently before the Supreme Court. They tackle Fisher v. University of Texas, Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association and a special update on Sissel v. U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services by Timothy Sandefur, PLF principal attorney who was in Washington, D.C. testifying on Capitol Hill.


Don't miss these exciting cases including an update on Kent Recycling v United States and Hawkes v. United States.

Direct download: 10-7-15.mp3
Category:Non-Profit -- posted at: 8:14am PDT

PLF attorneys discuss petitions currently before the Supreme Court, including petitions dealing with wetlands, mandatory affordable housing, and the forced merger of parcels for the purpose of avoiding compensating landowners.

Direct download: 9_30_15_sup_ct_prev_1.mp3
Category:Non-Profit -- posted at: 8:00am PDT

As friend of the court, PLF is supporting a victim of an outrageous scheme in the District of Columbia, where residents who owed small tax bills saw their homes sold – with the city pocketing the proceeds.

Direct download: _9-23-15_coleman.mp3
Category:Non-Profit -- posted at: 8:00am PDT

PLF and the California Building Industry Association have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review San Jose’s “inclusionary housing” law.  It punishes providers of new homes – and violates the Constitution’s ban on takings – by forcing homebuilders to set aside units for below-market sale to city-designated buyers.



Direct download: 9_16_15_CBIA.mp3
Category:Non-Profit -- posted at: 8:00am PDT


The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is exceeding its manatee regulatory powers by proposing to limit boat speeds in a pair of popular Pinellas County basins with few or no manatees — indeed, where the commission’s own staff recommended against regulations because of the infrequency of manatee sightings.  In this podcast, PLF Attorney Christina M. Martin and PLF client, Bill Thomas, discuss an administrative challenge that has been filed against the Commission’s proposal.

Direct download: 9_915manatee.mp3
Category:Non-Profit -- posted at: 8:00am PDT


PLF attorneys are challenging the unjustified Endangered Species Act listings of the Stephens’ kangaroo rat in Southern California, and the Southwestern Willow flycatcher throughout multiple western states.

Direct download: 9-2-15_flycatcher.mp3
Category:Non-Profit -- posted at: 5:00pm PDT

Wyoming farmer Andy Johnson built a stock pond with state approval.  EPA is threatening him with astronomical fines (nearly $40,000 per day!) if he doesn’t remove it – even though it benefits the environment, and even though EPA has no jurisdiction over livestock ponds.
Direct download: 8_27_15_andy_johnson.mp3
Category:Non-Profit -- posted at: 3:21pm PDT


PLF seeks Supreme Court review of an important “relevant parcel” property rights case.  The case asks whether government can forbid development on a private parcel, without compensation, simply because the owners also own the adjacent, partially developed, lot.

Direct download: 8-19-15_murr.mp3
Category:Non-Profit -- posted at: 8:00am PDT


PLF President Rob Rivett hosts this podcast discussion with PLF Principal Attorney Timothy Sandefur on the next steps in the constitutional challenge to the Affordable Care Act.  PLF sought en banc review by the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, but that request was denied, setting up a petition to the Supreme Court.  PLF’s challenge is based on the fact that Obamacare’s individual mandate “tax” started in the Senate, not in the House of Representatives, as required by the Constitution’s “Origination Clause” (Article 1, Section 7).

Direct download: 8-12-15-Podcast.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:00am PDT


Pacific Legal Foundation has filed a lawsuit to challenge the City of Oakland’s ordinance that requires developers of commercial and residential projects to fund public art works. In this podcast, PLF Senior Staff Attorney Tony Francois discusses the ordinance and PLF’s federal lawsuit that was filed July 23 on behalf of the Building Industry Association of the Bay Area.  PLF’s challenge argues that Oakland is violating constitutional protections for property rights and free speech — and unjustly raising costs for home buyers and businesses — by forcing builders of homes and commercial projects to fund art works that have no reasonable connection to any public needs created by their building projects.

Direct download: 8-5-15_Oakland.mp3
Category:Non-Profit -- posted at: 8:00am PDT





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