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July 11, 2018

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. And yet, we all know that Kelo v. City of New London, Conn. (2005) allowed a Connecticut city to condemn a middle class neighborhood for private ...

July 06, 2017

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 ...

October 28, 2013

Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got 'til it's gone

Supporters of property rights will no doubt remember the sad saga of Kelo v. New London. In  that case, the Supreme Court permitted the city to use its eminent domain power to condemn the homes of Suzette Kelo and her neighbors to make way for a “high-end residential district”—which would adjoin a new Pfizer plant in the ...

August 13, 2012

PLF's Timothy Sandefur talks with Armstrong & Getty about eminent domain

I’ll be talking with Armstrong & Getty at 8 this morning about the efforts by California local governments to use eminent domain to seize “underwater” mortgages. You can listen online here. Update: You can listen to the podcast recording here. ...