People For the Ethical Treatment of Property Owners
The group behind the lawsuit is People for the Ethical Treatment of Property Owners which began five years ago to help educate people about how they can protect their private property rights. It is a volunteer run organization with about 250 members.
PETPO spokesman Derek Morton shares what has happened in May with an overwhelming number of amicus briefs written in support of PETPO’s case.
Morton: “We have had an unbelievable amount of support — even Pacific Legal Foundation was shocked — we had nine states file on our behalf, we had seven senators and five representatives from D.C. all file on our behalf, the CATO Institute, the National Homebuilders Association, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the National Federation of Independent Business Owners — so you had all these big name groups that have jumped in on the fight which is not typically when a case is not in front of the Supreme Court. But everyone recognizes the opportunity here and the damage that the Endangered Species Act has done and recognize the opportunity before us to lend their support in chipping away at the regulations and asking for some common sense as we move forward.”