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Meriem L. Hubbard

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Meriem Hubbard has been an attorney at Pacific Legal Foundation since January 2000.  She litigates cases involving property rights, public finance issues, and preferences in government hiring, contracting, and education. … ›

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Deborah J. La Fetra

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Debbie grew up in an economically-striving lower-middle class family and was the first to get a college degree. Watching and learning from her exceptionally hard-working father, and with the support … ›

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Jeff McCoy is an attorney at PLF’s office in Sacramento, where he works on cases involving environmental regulations and private property rights. Prior to joining PLF, Jeff was a staff … ›

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By Jeffrey W. McCoy

Arizona Supreme Court ignores voters’ intent in decision interpreting constitutional limitations on taxation

Last Friday, the Arizona Supreme Court issued its decision in Biggs v. Betlach, a case brought by a group of Arizona legislators challenging the imposition of a hospital charge to pay for state Medicaid expansion.

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By James S. Burling

Weekly litigation report — July 8, 2017

  • California Supreme Court tells landowners to watch homes fall into the sea
  • Land use in Florida: If you can’t dazzle them with brilliance
  • PLF, other organizations, ask Arizona Supreme Court to properly define “tax”
  • Can government condemn a business operation and hand it over to a competitor?
  • Washington court limits reach of public trust doctrine
  • Property rights are a grave matter in the 3rd Circuit

California Supreme Court tells landowners to watch home fall into the sea

The California Supreme Court ruled against landowners in Lynch v California Coastal Commission The court held that two homeowners, Thomas Frick and Barbara Lynch, could not sue over the Coastal Commission’s onerous restrictions on a

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By Jeffrey W. McCoy

Courts should look to voters’ intent when interpreting constitutional limitations on taxation

Yesterday, Pacific Legal Foundation, along with the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association and the Green Valley Hospital, filed an amicus brief in support of a group of Arizona legislators who are challenging the imposition of a hospital tax to pay for state Medicaid expansion The charge at issue, which was passed by a simple majority of the Arizona legislature, requires hospitals to pay an “assessment” on hospital revenues, discharges, and bed days

In some cases, like with Green Valley Hospital, a hospital will be required to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars to the state while receiving nothing in exchange for

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