6 months ago

Media coverage of Supreme Court oral argument in Murr v. State of Wisconsin

By Kevin Desormeaux Digital Content Manager

This morning, the historic property rights case of Murr v. State of Wisconsin and St. Croix County was argued at the Supreme Court by John M. Groen, PLF’s Executive Vice President and General Counsel. Listen to our Courting Liberty podcast on the events of the day, watch our post argument press conference video from the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court, and view photos from the post argument press conference as well!

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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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