About Meriem L. Hubbard

Meriem L. Hubbard is a principal attorney in PLF's individual rights group. She also manages PLF's Pacific Northwest office in Bellevue, Washington. Ms. Hubbard joined PLF in 2000, and litigated property rights cases for ten years before joining the individual rights group.

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

Yesterday, the U.S. 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 … Continue reading

Victory in residential rental inspection case

Warrantless inspections of residential rental properties are a source of controversy in many California cities. Take, for example, the City of Highland located in San Bernardino County. The City adopted a Residential Rental Enhancement Program requiring an inspection of all … Continue reading

California’s high court will review pension “spiking” case

Californians are accustomed to controversy when it comes to public employee pensions.  Although state and local governments across the country were left without adequate funding of pension obligations following the Great Recession of 2008-2009, California’s shortfall–estimated to be around $475 billion–was the … Continue reading

The right to vote on taxes: California Cannabis Coalition v. City of Upland

Today PLF filed an amicus brief in California Cannabis Coalition v. City of Upland.  The case was accepted for review in the California Supreme Court in late June.  Despite its name, the case is not about marijuana.  It is about Californians’ … Continue reading

When is a statutory reference to race a racial classification?

Rothe Development, a small contracting business located in Texas, submitted the lowest bid on a Defense Department contract.   But because the Small Business Act creates a preference for firms owned by socially or economically disadvantaged individuals, Rothe was not … Continue reading

PLF’s challenge to warrantless searches highlighted in Long Beach Business Journal

Earlier this month, the Long Beach Business Journal published an article expressing concerns about mandatory property inspections.  Although both tenants and landlords complain about the rental inspection process, the article states that “Long Beach has not faced practices that go against … Continue reading

California Teachers Association spends millions to extend “temporary” tax increase

Last year I posted a blog about Bain v. California Teachers Association, a case where several California teachers argued that they should not have to pay the portion of union dues that support political candidates and initiatives favored by the … Continue reading

California Supreme Court will review controversial tax decision

Last month, Pacific Legal Foundation filed a letter brief urging the California Supreme Court to review a decision denying taxpayers the right to vote on taxes imposed by initiative. Yesterday, the Court agreed to review the decision in California Cannabis … Continue reading

A new threat to the right to vote on taxes in California

Three times California voters have approved initiatives to limit the ability of local governments to impose new taxes without voter consent.  The California Tax Revolt began in 1978 when voters adopted Proposition 13 to control property tax increases.  On June … Continue reading