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Justices’ Eminent Domain Ruling Clarifies State Law’s Reach

Law360

23 Jun 2017
Reprinted with permission.

The Supreme Court affirmed in Murr vs. Wisconsin that two adjacent properties at the center of an eminent-domain dispute can be considered one unit for the purposes of calculating loss. The decision is positive for regulators but conversely sets a difficult precedent for landowners, according to Morrison & Foerster partner Christopher J. Carr in the Law360 article “Justices’ Eminent Domain Ruling Clarifies State Law’s Reach.”

“This is a huge win for regulators, and it’s a big loss for property owners, especially small property owners,” he said. “What [the court’s] done here is only going to make it more difficult for landowners, especially small landowners, to defend their property rights.”

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