Today marks the one-year anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision in Kelo v. New London, in which the Court declared that government may seize homes and businesses under eminent domain, and transfer the property to private developers to build shopping centers, restaurants, luxury condominiums, and other private projects—despite the fact that the Constitution only allows government to seize land “for public use.”
Since then, Americans have begun leading a grassroots crusade to demand protection for their property. New laws in over a dozen states seek to restrict the use of eminent domain, and lawsuits in Texas, Ohio, Oklahoma, Florida, and other states have demanded that judges recognize the constitutional restrictions on this power.
The Pacific Legal Foundation, America’s oldest public interest legal foundation dedicated to defending private property rights, is proud to be part of this nationwide effort. This weblog will serve as an information clearing house for news and opinion regarding the abuse of eminent domain. We encourage you to visit often, check out the resources in the sidebars, and to let us know what you think—and send us news tips! We’d be happy to hear from you at firstname.lastname@example.org. As always, we depend on you for support. Thanks, and welcome to PLF’s eminent domain blog.