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Brian T. Hodges

Senior Attorney

Brian Hodges is a Senior Attorney at PLF’s Pacific Northwest office in Bellevue, Washington. Brian focuses his practice on defending of the right of individuals to make reasonable use of … ›

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By James S. Burling

Weekly litigation update — October 27, 2018

This road to the Supreme Court takes PLF through the U-P This week Pacific Legal Foundation filed its latest Petition for Writ of Certiorari at the Supreme Court of the … ›

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By Brian T. Hodges

Kelo revisited

The Takings Clause of the Fifth Amendment promises that the government will not take private property unless it is for a valid public use and the owner is fully compensated. … ›

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By Brian T. Hodges

PLF asks Louisiana Supreme Court to enforce constitutional limits on the exercise of eminent domain

The government’s authority to take private property without the owner’s consent is a terrible and awesome power Aware of this, the nation’s founders placed two key restrictions on its exercise: that government shall not take property unless it is for a valid public use and just compensation is paid

But those limits are only as protective as the courts are willing to meaningfully enforce them  Take, for example, the public use requirement That restriction is supposed to police against powerful private interests using the government’s power to circumvent the private market to take private property for their own private uses But often, courts allow private parties to direct or influence eminent domain decisions

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