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James Burling & Johh Groen
James Burling & Johh Groen
Attorneys, Pacific Legal Foundation

The Supreme Court Muddles Up Property Rights

Court gavel (Shutterstock/Andrey_Popov)

In a confusing decision that's so unworkable that it will surely fail the test of time, the Supreme Court ruled on Friday against the Murr family's quest to receive some recompense for the acre of waterfront land that the County of St. Croix decided to regulate out of existence. Property rights jurisprudence was confused before, now it’s confused and unworkable. Not only did the family lose, but the Court’s logic is lost in a muddle of balancing tests that can mean only that when government regulates most of a parcel’s value out of existence, the lawyers will take the rest.