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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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PLF's First Amendment battle heads to the U.S. Supreme Court

11/16/2017
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The Supreme Court announced that it will hear a First Amendment challenge to Minnesota’s sweeping, speech-stifling restrictions on what can be worn while voting. Represented free of charge by Pacific Legal Foundation, concerned residents like Andy Cilek are targeting the state’s unconstitutional prohibition on wearing anything to the polls that might be interpreted as even slightly ideological, even if it has no relation to any candidate, ballot measure, or political party. The case...

Duration:00:12:04

Seattle decides to continue to violate the First Amendment

11/6/2017
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In a bitterly disappointing decision, Judge Beth Andrus granted Seattle’s motion to dismiss our clients’ First Amendment challenge to the city’s democracy-voucher program. Judge Andrus held that forcing property owners to pay for private residents’ campaign contributions does not burden property owners’ speech rights. Seattle’s new “democracy voucher” program flouts the First Amendment by forcing property owners, through a new tax, to subsidize other people’s political campaign donations and...

Duration:00:10:05

New Orleans unconstitutionally demolishes personal property

10/26/2017
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“We were blindsided by the city,” said PLF client David Garrett. “You deserve at least a phone call or letter from the government—and an opportunity for a hearing—before it sends over a bulldozer. The city’s failure to contact us was simply outrageous.” When David and Lourdes Garrett purchased a neglected townhouse from the City of New Orleans in 2015, they had plans to renovate it and rent it out. But they never had a chance. Approximately four months after the acquisition, the City...

Duration:00:13:41

A victory for common sense in California

10/19/2017
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Book Passage, a renowned Bay Area bookseller, filed a constitutional lawsuit in May against onerous new state restrictions that made it extremely risky, if not impossible, for stores to sell autographed books or host author events, like the more than 700 book signings hosted by Book Passage each year. After PLF and Book Passage owner Bill Petrocelli filed suit, California has now rescinded the state’s onerous “certificate of authenticity” requirement for the sale of autographed books. Hear...

Duration:00:15:08

Fighting for inclusion and fairness in Minnesota

10/10/2017
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Hear directly from PLF client Kaiden Johnson and his mother, Miranda Lynch, as they explain their willingness to fight for the right that school athletics can’t turn kids away based on their sex. Kaiden Johnson is a 15-year-old sophomore male student at Superior High School of Superior, Wisconsin. Kaiden has danced competitively for eight years, and a year ago successfully competed for Superior High’s varsity dance team. Because the city of Superior borders Minnesota, Superior High’s...

Duration:00:18:06

Defending property rights and prairie dog conservation from overreaching federal bureaucrats

9/25/2017
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Pacific Legal Foundation attorneys Jonathan Wood and Damien Schiff have a conversation with Collin Callahan about the Utah prairie dog, a rare species of rodent found in Southwestern Utah. For decades, federal Endangered Species Act regulations have forbidden state biologists from doing what is best for the species and local residents from doing things that most of us take for granted in our own communities.

Duration:00:17:00

PLF is defending liberty and justice for all

9/21/2017
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PLF's Vice President for Litigation Jim Burling hosts a discussion with PLF President and CEO Steven D. Anderson about the dawn of an exciting new time at Pacific Legal Foundation. Jim and Steven set the table for an expanded vision of PLF's future of fighting for Americans rights nationwide and affecting change that will reverberate throughout the Country and make Pacific Legal Foundation forever synonymous with defending liberty and justice for all.

Duration:00:11:37

Seattle's arbitrary and unconstitutional tax on achievement

9/8/2017
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PLF's Harold Johnson hosts a discussion with PLF Senior Attorney Brian Hodges about the city of Seattle's new money making scheme that is certain to effect all Seattle taxpayers. The City of Seattle enacted an income tax targeting those making in excess of $250,000 per year with a 2.25% tax rate, setting a 0% rate for everyone else. Sold as a “wealth tax,” the City’s income tax aims to punish achievement and success, while threatening poor and middle class families who could fall subject to...

Duration:00:14:48

National monument abuse can be reversed by President Trump

8/30/2017
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Collin Callahan hosts an insightful discussion with PLF D.C. Center Executive Director Todd Gaziano and PLF Attorney Jonathan Wood about the conclusion of an extensive, public review of national monuments by Department of Interior and Secretary Zinke. The agency has not disclosed its recommendations for individual monuments, which will be made public after the President reviews them. But the report leaves no doubt that past Antiquities Act abuse has been a serious problem and that President...

Duration:00:14:35

The climactic conclusion of Duarte Nursery's case

8/17/2017
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PLF's Director of Communications Harold Johnson leads a discussion with PLF Senior Attorney Tony Francois about how Duarte Nursery, its president John Duarte, and Pacific Legal Foundation and their co-counsel have agreed to a settlement with the United States in the federal government’s nearly five-year enforcement action over Duarte’s routine action of plowing its property to plant wheat in late 2012. Under the agreement, Duarte would admit no liability, pay the government $330,000 in a...

Duration:00:14:00

Forcing the feds to count the costs of their species regulations

8/9/2017
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PLF Director of Communications Harold Johnson hosts a discussion with PLF Attorney Oliver Dunford and Kirk Wilbur, Director of Government Relations with the California Cattlemen's Association about how Federal officials illegally ignored the economic impacts on small businesses, landowners, agriculture, and local governments last year when they set aside 1.8-million acres in Central and Northern California as “critical habitat” for the Yosemite toad and two yellow-legged frog species in the...

Duration:00:14:25

Putting the Congressional Review Act to work

8/2/2017
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PLF Attorney Jonathan Wood hosts a discussion with PLFs D.C. Center Executive Director Todd Gaziano and Robert Alt of The Buckeye Institute to discuss how PLF and like-minded organizations are suggesting how President Trump and the current administration can use the Congressional Review Act (CRA) more aggressively to overturn burdensome regulations. 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...

Duration:00:16:48

Time to free the golden parakeet

7/26/2017
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Pacific Legal Foundation's Harold Johnson talks with Nancy Speed of the American Federation of Aviculture, Inc. (AFA) and PLF Attorney Christina Martin about the potential delisting of the Golden Conure, a bird bred to be pets. In 2014, the American Federation of Aviculture, Inc. (AFA), filed a petition to delist the golden conure (Guaruba guarouba), also known as the golden parakeet (Aratinga guarouba), which the Service classified as endangered in 1976. The golden conure is native to...

Duration:00:18:29

Coercion that violates the Constitution

7/19/2017
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PLF's Creative Director Brian Feulner joins client and turkey farmer Willie Benedetti and PLF attorney Jeremy Talcott from Benedetti's Ranch in Marin County to discuss how the County’s new forced-farming mandate denies building permits to landowners in the coastal agricultural zone UNLESS they agree to personally engage in farming or ranching. PLF’s lawsuit challenges the coercive requirement as a violation of the Fourteenth Amendment’s Due Process Clause, because it unconstitutionally...

Duration:00:11:43

Michigan exploits minor tax debts as an excuse for taking

7/13/2017
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Harold Johnson hosts a discussion with PLF Attorney Christina Martin and Reginald Hill, a Church Deacon at Wayside Church. Several small property owners, including Reginald, are turning to the Supreme Court for help after they were victimized by Michigan’s abusive foreclosure law. Their appeal—a petition for certiorari — asks the justices to review and strike down the Michigan General Property Tax Act, which allows local government to sell people’s property for delinquent taxes, and hoard...

Duration:00:20:03

Seattle forces taxpayers to fund political campaigns

7/6/2017
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PLF's Director of Communications Harold Johnson speaks with PLF Attorney Ethan Blevins and client Mark Elster about how PLF and Mark are fighting back against forcing Seattle property owners, through a new tax, to subsidize other people’s political campaign donations and fund candidates not of their choosing. The first of its kind in the country, Seattle’s voucher program was enacted in 2015 as Initiative 122. During each local election cycle, Seattle residents are each entitled to four $25...

Duration:00:17:55

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 the...

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 student...

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 building...

Duration:00:14:49