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“The Framers meant to prohibit the Federal Government from taking property without paying for it. Allowing the government to keep the property pending subsequent compensation to the owner, in proceedings that hardly existed in 1787, was not what they envisioned.” CJ Roberts in
today’s opinion in KNICK v. TOWNSHIP OF SCOTT, PENNSYLVANIA, supremecourt.gov/opinions/18pdf… The great news is that state and local governments are now facing takings claims in federal courts from the moment they take property. The possibilities are endless, and cabining the bureaucrats
has begun. When the plaintiffs’ bar figures out what can be reasonably argued to be a taking, the governments will scale back their impositions dramatically or face astonishing court costs and bills when the judgments arrive.
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