McDonough v. Smith: Why SCOTUS Should Revisit the Statute of Limitations for Fabrication of Evidence

By the time Annie Dookhan was finally caught in 2012, she had been falsifying drug test results at a state crime laboratory in Massachusetts for several years. The rogue chemist had managed a productivity rate 500% higher than her peers by not actually running tests at all, and her misconduct […]

Federal Court Rules Agency Actions within Congressional Review Act Subject to Judicial Review

In a positive decision that will be felt throughout the federal government, the United States District Court for the District of Idaho recently ruled that agency compliance with the Congressional Review Act (CRA) is subject to judicial review. First signed into law in 1996, the CRA requires that agencies submit […]

Supreme Court Rules Economic Impact of Fish and Wildlife Decision Subject to Judicial Review

In an ongoing battle between landowners and the federal government, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, in Weyerhaeuser Co. vs. U.S Fish and Wildlife Service, when it designated private land in Louisiana as “unoccupied critical habitat.”  In a significant portion of the Court’s […]

HUD Emails Reveal Significant Agency Confusion Regarding 2013/2014 Multi-Billion Dollar Mortgage Settlements

More than three years ago, Cause of Action Institute (CoA Institute) filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for information related to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) involvement in the 2013/2014 multibillion-dollar mortgage settlements between the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and Bank of America, […]

CoA Institute Defends U.S. Citizens’ Privilege and Immunity From Excessive Fines in Latest Amicus Brief

Our brief calls attention to the fact that the Supreme Court has never ruled on whether the Excessive Fines Clause is applicable against the States

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Attempts to Evade Judicial Review of an Unnecessary Critical Habitat Designation That Would Significantly Cost Landowners

On August 8, 2018, the U.S. Solicitor General sent a letter to the Supreme Court informing them of a proposed rule change published by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (the “Service”) that would relate to a pending case: Weyerhaeuser Company v. U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. While the proposed […]