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PLF asks the Supreme Court to rule that EPA isn't above the law!

3/9/11 Pacific Legal Foundation

PLF exists to fight for people who are abused by oppressive  bureaucracies. Thanks to donations from supporters like you, we never charge our clients!  Our attorneys fight for people who can't otherwise defend themselves against the governments' armies of attorneys.

Mike and Chantell Sackett, of Priest Lake, Idaho, fit this category.

The Sacketts own a half-acre parcel in a residentially zoned area.  All they wanted was to build a house on it.  They went through all the due diligence before buying the land, which is surrounded by houses.  So they had every reason to believe they could build their dream home, and they laid gravel to get started.

But then, out of the blue, EPA showed up and told them it considers their parcel to be "wetlands," and that the federal government - not the Sacketts - controls the property!  (Except the Sacketts have to continue paying taxes on it!)

The Sacketts want their day in court

Representing the Sacketts, PLF has just petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to hear their case and rule that they have a right to their day in court.  They believe EPA is wrong about their land being "wetlands" - and they are asking for court review of the agency's order.

Watch the Sacketts explain how the EPA has bullied them:

Sackett Video Clip
The Sackett video has received over 16,000 views on YouTube. 
Not only has EPA told the Sacketts they can't build a house on their own property, it ordered them to restore the land to EPA's liking - or face tens of thousands of dollars per day in fines!

Even in the face of these ruinous threats, the Ninth Circuit ruled that the Sacketts couldn't directly challenge EPA's power play in court.  They'd first have to go through a long and likely futile land use permitting process - a process that could cost them $200,000!

This is why PLF has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to take their case.  The Sacketts -- and all property owners blindsided by the EPA -- have a due process right to challenge the agency's actions in court.

In short, we're asking the Supreme Court to affirm: the EPA is not above the law!

Help PLF fight EPA abuse of property owners nationwide

Mike and Chantell Sackett are far from alone in being targeted for EPA "compliance orders," issued with no hearings or notice.  The agency issues up to 3,000 of these arbitrary edicts against property owners each year.

PLF is asking the Supreme Court to affirm that these orders can be reviewed by the courts.  Basic constitutional rights are at stake!

PLF Donate ButtonEPA and other bureaucracies must not be allowed to be laws unto themselves.  Help us defend their victims, and the rule of law.  Your generous donation allows our attorneys to "rescue liberty" - for this generation, and those to come.
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