Mark Miller, managing attorney for PLF’s Atlantic Center, offers his analysis of the Supreme Court ruling in Yates v. United States, a favorable decision for Florida commercial fisherman, John Yates, ending his eight-year battle with the federal government about some undersized fish in his catch.  PLF filed an amicus brief in support of Yates in a case of the federal government misusing its law enforcement authority to threaten Americans with exorbitant penalties for conduct that does not pose a threat to health, safety, or the environment.  Federal authorities charged Yates with violating several federal criminal laws, including the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, a law that was passed in the wake of the Enron scandal on Wall Street.

Direct download: 3_11_15_yates.mp3
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Pacific Legal Foundation Principal Attorney Timothy Sandefur discusses the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in North Carolina Board of Dental Examiners v. FTC, an antitrust lawsuit in which the Federal Trade Commission sued a state agency that regulates the practice of the dental industry. The Board claimed that it was immune from antitrust laws, and could therefore prohibit people from practicing the harmless trade of teeth whitening without a license, without having to answer to federal laws that forbid restrictions on economic competition.  Tim joins host, Bob Krauter, in a discussion about the importance of the ruling to free competition.

Direct download: 3_4_15_NC_dental.mp3
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PLF is representing Wyoming farmers, among others, in opposing a drive to get the North American Wolverine added – unjustifiably – to the Endangered Species Act list.

Direct download: 22515_wolverine.mp3
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Nevada forces entrepreneurs in the transportation industry to ask their competitors for permission before starting or expanding a business.  PLF is challenging this Competitor’s Veto procedure on behalf of small business owners Ron and Danell Perlman, who operate a limousine company in Reno, NV, and father and son moving team Steven and Patrick Saxon, who are based in Sacramento, CA.

Direct download: 2-18-16_Danell.mp3
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A state appellate court has struck down onerous new regulations on recreational freshwater fishing because California state bureaucrats drafted them without allowing public review and comment.   The ruling came in PLF’s legal challenge to the regulations on behalf of the California Association for Recreational Fishing.

Direct download: 2-11-15_CARF.mp3
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PLF Principal Attorney Timothy Sandefur, and PLF client and entrepreneur, Tracie Pabst, discuss a new challenge to Montana’s Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity provision for taxi companies. Pabst, an experienced owner of a shuttle company that operates in Texas and New Mexico, seeks to start a taxi business in her hometown of Big Sky, but the state’s law contains a “competitors’ veto” provision making it unlikely that she could obtain a license.  Under the law, Pabst must prove there’s a public need for her taxi service, but then she can have an established competitor object or “veto” her application.

Direct download: 2_4_15_pabst.mp3
Category:Non-Profit -- posted at: 8:30am PST
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This week is National School Choice Week.  PLF litigates for school choice in courts across the country.  For National School Choice week, PLF Senior Staff Attorney Joshua Thompson interviews Andrew Coulson, Director for Educational Freedom at the Cato Institute.   They discuss a variety of school choice issues from teachers’ unions to tax credits to school choice programs around the world. 

Direct download: 1_28_15_school_choice.mp3
Category:Non-Profit -- posted at: 8:30am PST
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John Groen, Pacific Legal Foundation’s newest principal attorney, describes his passion for returning to PLF after a career in private practice.  Host Bob Krauter delves into John’s prior PLF experience as a law clerk and fellow in the College of Public Interest Law.  Before joining PLF earlier this month, John served as a member on PLF’s Board of Trustees.
 

Direct download: john_groen_proj.mp3
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The U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear a PLF challenge to heavy-handed Delta smelt regulations that have led to draconian water cutbacks for Californians.  But PLF isn’t giving up.  We will continue to litigate on various fronts to eventually establish a more balanced, sensible approach to ESA regulations nationwide.

Direct download: 1_14_15_smelt_denied.mp3
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Based on compelling scientific evidence that the California gnatcatcher doesn’t belong on the Endangered Species Act list, PLF has formally petitioned for its removal.   The feds’ initial response is positive, acknowledging that we’ve offered “substantial information” that “delisting” might be warranted, and further review is appropriate.

Direct download: 1_7_15_gnatcatcher_pod.mp3
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