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Ethan W. Blevins


Ethan Blevins joined PLF’s Pacific Northwest office in August 2014. He litigates cases involving the First Amendment, property rights, school choice, and the separation of powers. Ethan began his trek … ›

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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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By James S. Burling

Weekly litigation update — July 1, 2017

  • PLF sues Seattle over compelled political campaign contributions
  • What are the odds? Supreme Court to decide constitutionality of federal sports betting ban
  • SCOTUS denies review of a takings win in the state of Florida
  • Cap and Trade tax here to stay
  • Supreme Court goes to bat twice for religious liberty
  • Discrimination case turned back

PLF sues Seattle over compelled political campaign contributions

We sued Seattle in Elster v Seattle, arguing that the First Amendment prohibits the city from forcing property owners to bankroll other residents’ campaign contributions Under Seattle’s new-fangled “democracy voucher” program, each city resident receives four $25 democracy vouchers They in turn use those vouchers to

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By Meriem L. Hubbard

U.S. Supreme Court rules that some taxpayer funded benefits are available to religious institutions

Yesterday, the US Supreme Court issued a win for the Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia  The question in the case against the State of Missouri, was whether the State violated the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment by refusing to allow the Church to participate in a program offering rubber surfacing material to nonprofit organizations The Church applied for the grant so that it could replace the rock surface of a playground at its daycare facility with a safer surface made from recycled tires  Its request was denied for the sole reason that it is a church

The decision was authored by Chief Justice Roberts, who focused on the

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By Meriem L. Hubbard

When can public money go to religious institutions?

The Supreme Court has two opportunities to answer questions about when taxpayer dollars can go to religious institutions  The Court has already agreed to review an Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals decision in Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia v Pauley  Trinity Church operates a daycare facility, which includes a playground used by students and other children in the surrounding community  Seeking to make the playground safer by installing a rubber surface made from recycled tires, the Church applied for a grant from Missouri’s Scrap Tire Grant Program  Although the Program was available to all nonprofit organizations, Trinity’s application was denied for one reason — because it is a church

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