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In memory of Mike Fahner, an American farmer and Supreme Court champion

December 14, 2021 | By JOSHUA THOMPSON

Mike Fahner, president and owner of Cedar Point Nursery, passed away last month, less than six months after the Supreme Court of the United States ruled in his favor in Cedar Point Nursery v. Hassid. I was on my way to D.C. to give a talk on Mike’s case when I heard. The last time … ...

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Report : Massachusetts Homeowners Lose Millions in Home Equity Theft Racket

December 13, 2021 | By ANGELA C. ERICKSON

Massachusetts is one of a dozen states that still practice home equity theft: When a homeowner owes a tax debt, no matter how small, the local government can force a foreclosure and keep the full selling price of the home—leaving the homeowner with nothing. A new Pacific Legal Foundation report, Violating the Spirit of America: … ...

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An unconstitutional Massachusetts practice robbed one family of seven decades of memories over a $2,000 tax bill

December 09, 2021 | By BRITTANY HUNTER

There is so much to a home that extends beyond its physical walls. A home is a place where families gather to break bread, celebrate holidays, and plant their roots. It is a place where our most cherished memories are made. A home also offers families financial security. The home that shelters is also the … ...

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She owed a little, so they took everything – how one New Jersey woman is fighting back against unfair tax foreclosure practices

December 02, 2021 | By BRITTANY HUNTER

Within seconds of meeting Lynette Johnson, you know you are in the presence of a strong woman. She’s the kind of tough a person must be to immigrate to a new country, raise eight children, lay a husband to rest, and take on the government when justice stands in jeopardy. In 2018, Lynette found herself … ...

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Daily Journal : Property rights, the First Amendment and Malibu

December 01, 2021 | By JAMES BURLING

Last June, in Cedar Point v. Hassid, 2021 DJDAR 6262, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that a California law that forced farmers to suffer uninvited union organizers onto their properties violated the Constitution’s takings clause. In holding for the farmers, Chief Justice John Roberts wrote for the majority that, “The Founders recognized ...

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The size and scope of home equity theft : Shining a spotlight on New Jersey

November 15, 2021 | By ANGELA C. ERICKSON

Home equity theft has cost hundreds of New Jersey families their homes and all the savings built into them.1 Across the nation, property tax collectors can seize and sell homes to collect unpaid taxes if an owner misses a payment or miscalculates what they owe. In many states, property tax collectors also work with private … ...

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First step to building housing : restore the right to build

November 09, 2021 | By DAVID DEERSON

For half a century, the Andrews family has owned a little over 16 acres of land in Mentor, Ohio, just outside of Cleveland. Recent developments have transformed the neighborhood from a rural residential area into a lively mixed-use community with residential, office, commercial, industrial, medical, and other uses. An old, dilapidated family home u ...

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To end bidding wars for new homes, make housing legal

November 03, 2021 | By ANGELA C. ERICKSON

In March, a California home sold for $1 million over asking price. In South Florida, renters are bidding up rents and offering to pay a year’s worth of rent up front. Across the country, homes are on the market for just 24 hours before sellers are bombarded with multiple offers, often well above asking price. … ...

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Malibu is refusing to abide by California’s new housing laws, and one family is suffering as a result

October 07, 2021 | By BRITTANY HUNTER

For the entirety of Elizabeth Riddick’s life, her mother Renee has been her rock. Whether she was supporting Elizabeth through her divorce or helping her purchase a home in Malibu, California, Renee has been there for her daughter through thick and thin. When Renee, now 82, began to develop severe health issues, Elizabeth sprang into … ...