PLF is supporting a challenge to laws that compel public school educators to help foot the bill for the teachers union even if they aren’t members.  PLF Principal Attorney Timothy Sandefur explains the First Amendment issues that are at stake in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, which will be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court this fall.

Direct download: CTA.mp3
Category:Non-Profit -- posted at: 8:00am PDT
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On behalf of a group of concerned local residents, PLF is challenging Seattle’s food-waste law for treating key freedoms as disposable.  The new law violates privacy and due process rights by commissioning garbage collectors to engage in intrusive surveillance of people’s trash.

Direct download: 7-22-15_Bonesteel.mp3
Category:Non-Profit -- posted at: 8:00am PDT
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PLF is suing over the feds’ sweeping new definition of “waters of the United States,” which is so broad that it could impose The Clean Water Act on virtually any water – and land - anywhere.

Direct download: 7-15-15_Podcast.mp3
Category:Non-Profit -- posted at: 8:31am PDT
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A discussion of the University of Texas-Austin's race-based admissions, and why PLF argues the policy is unconstitutional.

Direct download: fisher_update_2.mp3
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On the week of Independence Day, PLF Principal Attorney Timothy Sandefur discusses the meaning of the Declaration of Independence, and how PLF’s work carries forward its spirit of liberty.

Direct download: 7-1-15_pod.mp3
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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
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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
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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
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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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PLF Senior Attorney Ted Hadzi-Antich joins host, Bob Krauter, for a discussion about Ted’s recent testimony before a senate subcommittee that is seeking to make EPA’s Science Advisory Board more transparent, effective, and fair.  The hearing included testimony on S. 543, legislation that is being proffered in response to criticism that EPA is not using the Board properly to provide peer review of the scientific bases of its regulatory proposals.  Ted’s testimony criticized EPA’s failure to send proposed regulations governing carbon dioxide emissions to the Board for expert analysis before finalizing the rules. 

Direct download: 5_27_15_EPA_testimony.mp3
Category:Non-Profit -- posted at: 8:00am PDT
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