August 14, 2017

History teacher reacts to case being heard in front of U.S. Supreme Court

By History teacher reacts to case being heard in front of U.S. Supreme Court

Mike Murr talks about what it was like finding out that his family’s property rights case against St. Croix County and the state of Wisconsin would be heard in front of the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Murr v. Wisconsin

The Murr family owned two separately deeded lots that were purchased independently by their parents in the 1960s. They built a small cabin on one lot and held the other one as an investment for the future. But when the time came to sell, subsequently enacted regulations forbade the Murrs from making any productive use of the vacant lot – and without any use, it had no value they could sell. PLF represents in the Murrs in a lawsuit arguing that the regulation was an uncompensated taking because it took away all the use and value of the lot. The courts ruled against the family because they owned the adjacent lot with the cabin, and therefore hadn’t lost everything.

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