March 20, 2017

PLF Presents Supreme Court Oral Argument in Murr v Wisconsin

By PLF Presents Supreme Court Oral Argument in Murr v Wisconsin

PLF’s D.C. Center Executive Director Todd Gaziano hosts a special, post Supreme Court oral argument round table discussion with PLF’s Executive Vice President and General Counsel John Groen, PLF’s President and CEO Steven Anderson, and PLF client Donna Murr.

On March 20, 2017, the historic property rights case of Murr v. State of Wisconsin and St. Croix County was argued at the Supreme Court. The Murrs would like to sell the vacant parcel, to fund repairs to their family cabin which sits on an adjacent parcel that their parents bought several years earlier. But government officials — imposing regulations enacted after both parcels were purchased — have forbidden them from selling or making any productive use of the vacant investment parcel.

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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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