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Challenging unconstitutional “affordable housing” fees in California

Challenging unconstitutional “affordable housing” fees in California

 BY LARRY G. SALZMAN, SENIOR ATTORNEY  PLF filed its opening brief in the California Court of Appeals on behalf of Dart and Esther Cherk, the next stop in their halting saga to divide a vacant, 2.79-acre residentially zoned parcel of land into two developable lots in Marin County, California. The Cherks first filed an application with […]

Your Land is My Land

Your Land is My Land

. By Richard Colman When, in 2014, Vladimir Putin militarily grabbed Crimea and the eastern Ukraine for Russia, the seizure was an example of imperialism, the acquisition of inhabited territory by a foreign nation.  Something similar to imperialism is going on in California.  No military force is involved, but political force is.  Adolf Hitler seized the […]

Michigan County Steals House for $8 Debt

Michigan County Steals House for $8 Debt

Rafaeli, LLC v. Oakland County In 2011, Uri Rafaeli’s business—Rafaeli, LLC—purchased a modest rental property in Southfield, Michigan for $60,000. Rafaeli inadvertently underpaid the property’s 2011 taxes. He paid his 2012, 2013 taxes in full. After learning he owed money for 2011, Rafaeli tried to pay the full 2011 tax debt in January, 2013. But […]

Supreme Court turns down property rights challenge to developer fees

Supreme Court turns down property rights challenge to developer fees

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court said Monday it has turned down a property rights case from West Hollywood that challenged a California requirement that developers subsidize the creation of affordable …

A just end to property rights battle in Palo Alto

A just end to property rights battle in Palo Alto

By Larry G. Salzman, Senior Attorney . PLF dismissed its appeal of a case involving the Jisser family, owners of a small mobile home park in Palo Alto, Calif., who were being forced to pay millions of dollars by the city as a condition of getting a permit to close their mobilehome park business. Tim and Eva […]

Property Rights Meeting — Wildlife Corridor and Agriculture

Property Rights Meeting — Wildlife Corridor and Agriculture

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Pacific Legal Foundation Pledges Nationwide Campaign to Undo Damaging Property Rights Case

Pacific Legal Foundation Pledges Nationwide Campaign to Undo Damaging Property Rights Case

PLF renews property rights battle in Wisconsin announcement Joining a press conference today on new property rights legislation by two Wisconsin state lawmakers, John Groen, Pacific Legal Foundation’s Executive Vice President and General Counsel, announced that PLF is launching a campaign to restore and buttress property rights nationwide. The legislation being introduced today responds to […]

U.S. Supreme Court fails to protect property — PLF will keep fighting

U.S. Supreme Court fails to protect property — PLF will keep fighting

Today, we received bad news from the U.S. Supreme Court, which ruled against our clients, the Murr family, in a case involving a regulatory taking. As you may remember, the Murrs have been effectively robbed by regulators of a family legacy — a vacant parcel along the St. Croix River purchased by their late parents […]

Pacific Legal Foundation present Oral Argument at the Supreme Court for Major Property Rights Case

Pacific Legal Foundation present Oral Argument at the Supreme Court for Major Property Rights Case

Pacific Legal Foundation presented its oral argument in their eleventh case before the Supreme Court of the United States — Murr v. State of Wisconsin and St. Croix County.  It is a major property rights challenge on behalf of the Murr family of Hudson, Wisconsin.  Donna Murr, her five siblings, and other members of the Murr […]

San Francisco fails in assault on Pacific Legal Foundation’s big court win for local landlords

San Francisco fails in assault on Pacific Legal Foundation’s big court win for local landlords

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals today rejected San Francisco’s attempt to scuttle a major Pacific Legal Foundation court victory for the city’s landlords. At issue was PLF’s federal district court victory in 2014 over the city’s since-repealed Tenant Relocation Ordinance, a confiscatory law that barred landlords from removing their units from the rental […]

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