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Ninth Circuit Issues Decision in Civil Rights Case in Review of California SIP

On May 8, 2015, in El Comite Para El Bienestar De Earlimart v. EPA, a Panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit denied a petition for review filed by several groups that the court describes as “community...more

Suit by “Interested,” Neighboring Municipalities to Enforce SEQRA Requirements Does Not “Impose or Implement” a Land Use...

On March 27, 2015, the Southern District of New York granted summary judgment in favor of all defendants in the consolidated action Bernstein v. Wesley Hills, 08-CV-156; 12-CV-8856 (KMK), (the “Wesley Hills” Action). The...more

Exaction, Extortion or Illegal? Mandatory Dedication of Open Space Parcel Held Unlawful

Score One For Property Rights Advocates Massachusetts has the well-deserved reputation of being one of the most challenging states to permit a new housing development due to its myriad of rules, regulations and zoning...more

Kauai Springs, Inc. v. Planning Commission of the County of Kauai

Appellee Kauai Springs, Inc.'s Response to Brief of Amici Curiae Malama Kauai and Hawaii's Thousand Friends

Issues: automatic approval of zoning permits; public trust....more

Kauai Springs, Inc. v. Planning Commission of the County of Kauai

Appellee Kauai Springs, Inc.'s Response to Amicus Curiae Brief of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs

Issues: automatic approval of zoning permits; public trust....more

Maunalua Bay Beach Ohana 28 v. State of Hawaii

Brief of Land Use Research Foundation of Hawaii as Amicus Curiae in Support of the Petitioners

Yesterday, on behalf of the Land Use Research Foundation of Hawaii, we filed this brief amicus curiae in the U.S. Supreme Court in Maunalua Bay Beach Ohana 28 v. Hawaii, No. 10-331 (cert. petition filed Sep. 7, 2010). This...more

Maunalua Bay Beach Ohana 28 v. State of Hawaii

Amicus Curiae Pacific Legal Foundation's Memorandum in Support of Maunalua Bay Beach Ohana 28's Application for a Writ of...

This brief was filed to support the application for writ of certiorari which asks the Hawaii Supreme Court to review the decision of the Hawaii Intermediate Court of Appeals in Maunalua Bay Beach Ohana 28 v. State of Hawaii,...more

Maunalua Bay Beach Ohana 28 v. State of Hawaii

Motion of Pacific Legal Foundation for Leave to Submit Brief Amicus Curiae in Support of Maunalua Bay Beach Ohana 28's Application...

Yesterday, we filed this motion for leave to file brief amicus curiae and a copy of the proposed brief in support of the application for writ of certiorari which asks the Hawaii Supreme Court to review the decision of the...more

Surfrider Foundation (Florida First Coast Chapter) v. St. Johns County

Final Judgment

This is the Final Judgment entered in a dispute regarding beach access points. ...more

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