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Kelo v. New London (2005)

The Court “rejected a literal requirement” of the phrase “public use” in the Takings Clause of the Fifth Amendment, and held that the phrase “public use” can be interpreted as “public benefit.” Therefore, the government can take private property from an individual in order to turn it over to a private developer, in cases where the taking will result in “economic development” for the region.

The case touched on constitutional principles including economic rights, individual rights, and reserved and concurrent powers, and civic values including industry and integrity.