First Circuit to consider puppy takings claims and government ripeness games

September 22, 2015 | By J. DAVID BREEMER

On October 6, 2015, the First Circuit Court of Appeals will hear oral argument in Perfect Puppy, Inc. v. City of East Providence, R.I., an important and interesting takings case.   The dispute, described more fully here and here, arose when the City of East Providence passed an ordinance last spring that banned all pet stores selling live R ...


City snaps "ripeness trap" on puppy store's takings claim

April 29, 2015 | By J. DAVID BREEMER

Most people like golden retriever and other pure-breed puppies. As children, many of us went to pet stores just to view and pet such pups.   But the City of East Providence, Rhode Island, is different.  It has totally banned pet stores, and as a result, it is now embroiled in a constitutional “takings” lawsuit with one store destr ...