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A weekly look at developments in our high-profile cases, interviews with PLF attorneys & clients, in-depth analysis with policy experts, our “Ask a Lawyer” segment, and everything else PLF. Stay up-to-date with Pacific Legal Foundation and subscribe to Courting Liberty.
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A weekly look at developments in our high-profile cases, interviews with PLF attorneys & clients, in-depth analysis with policy experts, our “Ask a Lawyer” segment, and everything else PLF. Stay up-to-date with Pacific Legal Foundation and subscribe to Courting Liberty.

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The battle for property rights goes on

6/28/2017
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PLF Vice President of Litigation Jim Burling interviews PLF General Counsel John Groen, President and CEO Steven Anderson, and client Donna Murr about the recent Supreme Court decision in Murr v. St. Croix County and Wisconsin. The Supreme Court delivered an adverse ruling for property rights in the case of Murr v. State of Wisconsin and St. Croix County, with the majority failing to recognize the constitutional violation that government imposed on the Murr family.

Duration:00:26:32

A victory for common sense

6/21/2017
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PLF's Director of Communications Harold Johnson hosts a discussion with PLF Senior Attorney Mark Miller about how officials at Vero Beach High School and the Indian River County School Board have finally withdrawn all punishment of student J.P. Krause – a rising senior whom they unlawfully penalized for the “offense” of delivering a tongue-in-cheek speech in his successful candidacy for student body president. Vero Beach High School withdrew their order disqualifying him from serving in...

Duration:00:20:01

Vero Beach High School has a First Amendment problem

6/12/2017
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PLF's Director of Communications Harold Johnson leads an impassioned discussion with PLF Senior Attorney Mark Miller and PLF client J.P. Krause about how Vero Beach High School has trampled on J.P.'s First Amendment rights. PLF has sent a formal letter to officials with Vero Beach High School, calling on them to rescind their unwarranted and unconstitutional punishment of PLF’s client, J.P. Krause, for the “offense” of delivering a harmless, tongue-in-cheek speech as a candidate for...

Duration:00:21:32

California attempts to strangle free speech

6/7/2017
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PLF's Director of Communications Harold Johnson leads a discussion with PLF Attorney Anastasia Boden and PLF Client John Loudon about how PLF is fighting a California law that allows unions to block certain contributions by contractors to industry associations that the unions don’t like. Previously, in lieu of paying the full prevailing wage (i.e., an amount reflecting unionized wage levels), contractors on state projects could donate to organizations with a mission of advancing the...

Duration:00:14:49

Minnesota's clothing ban turns voters into criminals

5/31/2017
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PLF's Director of Communications Harold Johnson is joined by PLF Attorney Wen Fa and PLF Client Andy Cilek to discuss how The Supreme Court is being asked to review Minnesota's speech-stifling restrictions on voter apparel. The law tramples free speech rights by forbidding voters from wearing anything to the polls that might be interpreted as even slightly political or ideological, even if it has no relation to any candidate, ballot measure, or political party.

Duration:00:14:41

The Door to use the Congressional Review Act is wide open

5/24/2017
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PLF Attorney Jonathan Wood leads a discussion with PLF D.C. Center Executive Director Todd Gaziano and PLF Attorney Jeffrey McCoy on the Congressional Review Act and how the opportunity to use the act to effect positive change is crucially important. In recent weeks, many have said that the window to use the CRA to undo regulations has closed. However, a coalition of liberty-minded public policy and legal organizations have joined forces to challenge that notion. PLF recently launched a...

Duration:00:16:50

A $2.8 Million Fine for Plowing Farmland

5/17/2017
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PLF's Director of Communications Harold Johnson leads a discussion with PLF Senior Attorney Tony Francois about how PLF client and Duarte Nursery co-owner John Duarte's due process rights are being plowed under by the feds. The outcome of this case against the Duarte family has major implications not only for Duarte Nursery, but for farmers across the United States.

Duration:00:25:26

Defending the Free Speech Rights of California’s Booksellers

5/11/2017
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PLF Senior Attorney Joshua Thompson hosts an in-depth conversation with PLF client and Book Passage bookstore owner Bill Petrocelli and PLF Attorney Anastasia Boden on how California’s newly expanded autograph law which formerly applied only to sports memorabilia — now applies to sellers of any signed commodity worth over $5, including books. In response to this, PLF and Book Passage have filed a constitutional lawsuit against the onerous new state restrictions that will make it extremely...

Duration:00:22:29

Stepping Forward to Defend the Congressional Review Act

5/8/2017
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PLF's D.C. Center Attorney Jonathan Wood hosts a special podcast discussion from Washington D.C. on how Pacific Legal Foundation is stepping up to defend the Congressional Review Act. Joining Wood for the discussion and analysis are PLF D.C. Center Executive Director and Senior Fellow in Constitutional Law Todd Gaziano and PLF Attorney Oliver Dunford. PLF has moved to intervene against a federal lawsuit by the Center for Biological Diversity — which claims, astonishingly, that Congress and...

Duration:00:11:30

The California Coastal Commission and the Anti-Seawall Crusade

5/3/2017
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PLF's Director of Communications Harold Johnson leads a candid discussion with PLF's Executive Vice President and General Counsel John Groen and PLF Client Jennifer Lynch about the May 4th California Supreme Court hearing on PLF's challenge to the California Coastal Commission’s attack on some Encinitas residents’ right to protect their oceanfront homes from storms and erosion. The Lynch's troubles date back to December, 2010, when a severe storm and erosion destroyed their seawall and the...

Duration:00:19:47

Every Person Deserves the Right to Earn an Honest Living

4/26/2017
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PLF's Director of Communications Harold Johnson hosts a conversation with PLF Attorney Anastasia Boden on PLF's Economic Liberty Project. PLF believes it is the right of every person to earn an honest living and compete freely without unreasonable government interference. The Economic Liberty Project is dedicated to challenging irrational and anti-competitive occupational licensing laws which exist not to protect the public, but serve only to protect discrete interest groups from competition.

Duration:00:22:29

PLF Fights Wisconsin’s Anti-Competitive, Mass-Commodity "Butter Grading" Requirements

4/20/2017
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PLF Senior Attorney Joshua Thompson hosts a special discussion with PLF Client Adam Mueller, a fifth generation butter maker at Minerva Dairy. Ohio-based Minerva Dairy, America’s oldest family-owned cheese and butter dairy, sued Wisconsin over its newly enforced ban on the sale of ungraded butter. As the lawsuit argues, the ban is an unjustified, anti-competitive restriction that protects large Wisconsin-based dairies, while blocking 123-year-old Minerva Dairy from selling its artisanal...

Duration:00:19:46

PLF Serves Notice to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

4/12/2017
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PLF's Director of Communications Harold Johnson hosts a discussion with PLF Atlantic Center Attorney Christina Martin about how federal officials have missed their legal deadline for acting on a petition to remove the golden parakeet from Endangered Species Act coverage. Therefore, PLF is serving notice on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that the agency will be sued if the foot-dragging continues.

Duration:00:15:48

Credible Environmental Protection Requires Honest Listing Policies

4/5/2017
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PLF's Director of Communications Harold Johnson leads a discussion with PLF Senior Attorney Damien Schiff and renowned Colorado-based wildlife biologist Dr. Rob Roy Ramey about the delisting petition submitted by PLF calling on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to remove the Preble’s meadow jumping mouse from Endangered Species Act coverage. The petition is based on new scientific findings confirming that the mouse, far from being “threatened,” is not meaningfully different from other...

Duration:00:23:17

Seattle Robs Landlords of Right to Choose Tenants

3/29/2017
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PLF's Director of Communications Harold Johnson interviews PLF Northwest Center Attorney Ethan Blevins and PLF Client MariLyn Yim about PLF's challenging of Seattle’s new mandate forcing landlords to rent to the first qualified person who applies for a unit. By denying owners the freedom to choose among qualified applicants and to exercise nondiscriminatory discretion about who will live in their units, the “first in time” rule violates state constitutional protections for property rights.

Duration:00:26:46

PLF Presents Supreme Court Oral Argument in Murr v Wisconsin

3/20/2017
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PLF's D.C. Center Executive Director Todd Gaziano hosts a special, post Supreme Court oral argument round table discussion with PLF's Executive Vice President and General Counsel John Groen, PLF's President and CEO Steven Anderson, and PLF client Donna Murr. On March 20, 2017, the historic property rights case of Murr v. State of Wisconsin and St. Croix County was argued at the Supreme Court. The Murrs would like to sell the vacant parcel, to fund repairs to their family cabin which sits on...

Duration:00:23:39

PLF Readies For March 20 Supreme Court Showdown

3/15/2017
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Director of Litigation at Pacific Legal Foundation, Jim Burling, interviews General Counsel at PLF, John Groen, about what it takes to present an argument in front of the U.S. Supreme Court. Groen's upcoming case is Murr v. Wisconsin and St. Croix County and will be heard on March 20, 2017 in Washington D.C.

Duration:00:17:02

New England Fishermen Challenge Obama’s Marine National Monument

3/7/2017
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Pacific Legal Foundation's Harold Johnson interviews PLF attorney Jonathan Wood and Beth Casoni of the Massachusetts Lobstermen's Association. Casoni is one Wood's several clients in the fishing industry that is challenging the Obama Administrations use of the Antiquities Act to designate vast swaths of ocean as a national monument.

Duration:00:18:33

Understanding the Congressional Review Act

2/28/2017
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PLF Attorney Jonathan Wood, Executive Director of PLF's DC Center Todd Gaziano and Senior Attorney Tony Francois dive into the Congressional Review Act in this podcast brought to you by the Pacific Legal Foundation. For more information about the Pacific Legal Foundation project, visit www.redtaperollback.com.

Duration:00:21:03

PLF Challenges "Endangered" Listing of Gray Wolf

2/22/2017
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PLF's Director of Communications Harold Johnson speaks with PLF Senior Attorney Damien Schiff, Kirk Wilbur of the California Cattlemen's Association and Kathy DeForest, a rancher in Modoc County California, about the California's endangered species listing of the Gray Wolf.

Duration:00:17:10