The Detroit News : End home equity theft scheme for good

February 16, 2023 | By KATHY HOEKSTRA

In October, the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals delivered an important victory for property owners. The ruling also set the stage for a property rights battle that will soon be settled by the U.S. Supreme Court. The 3-0 decision in Hall v. Meisner affirmed what we already knew, that the government can take property … ...


New documents covered in The Wall Street Journal show the ugliness of racial preferences in school admissions

January 11, 2022 | By KATHY HOEKSTRA

 In his piece “An Ugly Game of Race Preferences,” Wall Street Journal columnist William McGurn describes the thrust of federal lawsuits challenging the admissions policies at Harvard University and at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Fairfax County, Virginia:  “The allegation in both cases is the same: ...


Royal Pain : Prince Harry—and his media fans—need educating on why the First Amendment matters

May 25, 2021 | By KATHY HOEKSTRA

Poor Prince Harry! After surrendering his royal position in the House of Windsor last year to start life anew in the United States with his actress wife Meghan Markle, he’s had a tough time adjusting to our country’s ways. It seems certain aspects of our American society leave the prince befuddled. In a recent podcast … ...


At Stake – California’s Gag Rule statutes keep workers in the dark about their rights

September 04, 2019 | By KATHY HOEKSTRA

As enthusiastic members of the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) parking staff, Mike Jackson and Tory Smith love their jobs. As reluctant members of Teamsters Local 2010, however, they hate being forced to give the union money against their will. “We handle all logistics for campus special events, and I oversee a fine staff,” ...


At Stake – Government steals family’s legacy over $144 tax debt

August 05, 2019 | By KATHY HOEKSTRA

PLF fights home equity theft to protect American Dream ERICA PEREZ REMEMBERS THE DAY IN 2017 when she learned the government stole her family’s legacy and shattered their American Dream—over a $144 tax debt.”We were in shock,” Erica recalled. “We’ve always believed that if you work hard for something in this country, ...


Rose Knick on her Supreme Court win : “Doing the Constitution the way it’s supposed to be”

June 21, 2019 | By KATHY HOEKSTRA

It’s a rare honor to be able to tell someone they won a landmark Supreme Court case. And when I called PLF client Rose Knick to let her know she won her property rights case at the U.S. Supreme Court, in typical Rose-fashion, her first words to me were very matter-of-fact. “Tell me,” she said. … ...


Rising from the ashes : When the Camp Fire hit Paradise, California

May 28, 2019 | By KATHY HOEKSTRA

At Pacific Legal Foundation, we fight to protect everyday, hardworking Americans from misguided government policies that do more harm than good. Our clients are forced to wage battles that can be painful beyond measure, part of our duty is helping them deal with that agony.   When that pain hits a member of the PLF … ...


Dirty Minds of the DMV

April 08, 2019 | By KATHY HOEKSTRA

Many Americans love decking out their wheels with personalized license plates. The 1964 James Bond film Goldfinger not only featured “JB 007” on Sean Connery’s new Aston Martin DB5 but also had Goldfinger himself adorn his Rolls Royce Phantom with an “AU1” plate—showing off his ego and knowledge of the periodic table ...


Ms. Knick goes to Washington. Again.

January 17, 2019 | By KATHY HOEKSTRA

When you first meet Rose Knick, you’re hard-pressed to find evidence that she could trigger a true property rights renaissance across the country. That was certainly the case for the man who joined Rose, PLF attorney Brian Hodges, and me as we waited to get into the U.S. Supreme Court building in the early hours … ...