Property Rights

The Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth, Seventh, and Eighth Amendments to the Constitution provide various protections for property rights. The Supreme Court has applied these protections to state governments through the Fourteenth Amendment.

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County Starts Eminent Domain Proceedings Over Airport Land
Date: 4/29/14

Philly Pizza Shop Owner Loses Land but not Livelihood to Eminent Domain
Date: 4/25/14

Family Battling Town of Bloomfield in Eminent Domain
Date: 4/24/14

Carmel Tries To Balance Bike Lanes, Property Rights
Date: 4/22/14

Supporters of Eminent Domain Gather in San Pablo
Date: 4/21/14
Source: KGO-TV

Everett may buy site, sell it to Wynn for casino use
Date: 4/16/14
Source: The Boston Globe

Council OKs eminent domain process for traffic project
Date: 4/15/14
Source: Kitsap Sun

Eminent domain: Whose land is it anyway?
Date: 4/15/14
Source: CNBC

Broadcasters Seek an Aereo ‘Plan B’
Date: 4/14/14
Source: Wall Street Journal

Court blocks use of eminent domain on pipeline to pass through Lancaster County
Date: 4/9/14

ACLU, NJ leaders join fight to protect cities using eminent domain to fight foreclosure crisis
Date: 4/7/14

Eminent domain bill killed; ethics complaint on lobbyist considered
Date: 4/9/14
Source: Holyoke Enterprise

‘This is our heaven’: Colorado couple fights to save land from eminent domain
Date: 4/8/14
Source: FOX News

Suffolk prepared to use eminent domain for 41 oceanfront Fire Island homes
Date: 4/6/14

Maryland General Assembly kills plan to use eminent domain against “House of Cards”
Date: 4/3/14
Source: Washington Post

Property rights under siege in Burlco seat, Coalition warns
Date: 4/8/14

Family Trust Wins Supreme Court Fight Against Bike Trail
Date: 3/10/14
Source: NPR

SXSW Diary: Aereo, The Supreme Court And TV’s Future
Date: 3/08/14
Source: NPR

Aereo’s Supreme Court battle may change how you watch TV
Date: 1/15/14
Source: CNET

Monsanto critics denied high court hearing on seed patents
Date: 1/13/14
Source: CNBC

State Supreme Court’s landmark ruling on gas drilling sets constitutional precedent
Date: 1/05/13
Source: The Morning Call

Aereo will not fight broadcasters’ effort to get Supreme Court ruling
Date: 12/12/13
Source: LA Times

N.J. ACLU, others sue federal agency in brewing eminent domain controversy
Date: 12/5/13

Bluegrass Pipeline—Landowners seek eminent domain ruling
Date: 12/5/13
Source: Courier-Journal

Dismissing Free Speech Claims, Justices Turn to Plain Line-Drawing
Date: 12/4/13
Source: The New York Times

WLWT Investigates: Man claims abandoned homes are up for grabs
Date: 12/3/13
Source: WLWT

Pooler to use eminent domain for first time
Date: 12/3/13
Source: Savannah Now

Artist suing over Statue of Liberty stamp mix-up
Date: 12/2/13
Source: My Fox NY

Phoenixville School Board meeting turns rowdy during eminent domain discussion
Date: 12/2/13
Source: The Mercury

City’s ‘eminent domain’ threatens Port Orchard homes
Date: 11/27/13
Source: Q13 Fox

Gardeners prevail in Orlando turf war: Veggies OK in front yard, too
Date: 11/25/13
Source: The Orlando Sentinel

New way to stop foreclosures still only a threat
Date: 11/26/13
Source: CNBC

Some call on city to explore eminent domain to combat blight
Date: 11/25/13
Source: The Baltimore Sun

Local church says they were duped by eminent domain claim
Date: 11/22/13
Source: First Coast News

IRS Back Down, Returns Seized Cash To Family Businesses
Date: 11/15/13
Source: Forbes

Café Al Dente owner to sue Oyster Bay over closure
Date: 11/17/13
Source: Long Island Newsday

Florida city uproots couple’s 17-year-old garden, over new ordinance
Date: 11/19/13
Source: Fox News

Phoenixville school board votes to acquire Meadow Brook Golf Club through eminent domain
Date: 11/15/13
Source: The Times Herald

Sterling Heights Gas Station Owner Says IRS Grabbed $70K From His Bank Account For No Reason
Date: 11/14/13
Source: CBS Detroit

Gonzaga dispute raises issue of gun rights v. property rights
Date: 11/12/13
Source: The Spokesman Review

Franconia doctor accused of running pill mill gets back $200,000 in seized assets
Date: 11/13/13
Source: The Reporter

Escondido Golf Course Dispute Could Become Landmark Private Property Rights Case
Date: 11/14/13
Source: KPBS

Property owners want to install gate on dead-end road
Date: 11/12/13
Source: The Sun Journal

Residents split on proposed changes to zoning ordinance
Date: 11/6/13
Source: Winona Daily News

Prospect Park wary of U expansion
Date: 11/7/13
Source: Minnesota Daily

City settles lawsuit with Silverado Trail property owner
Date: 11/6/13
Source: Napa Valley Register

Preservations vs. property rights plays out on Brentwood’s Old Smyrna Road
Date: 11/6/13
Source: The Tennessean

Santa Monica’s Lawsuit Against FAA Resonates with City’s Property Owners
Date: 11/4/13
Source: Santa Monica Lookout

PA. Residents Living Above Mine Fire Free To Stay
Date: 10/31/13
Source: Big Story

Idaho landowners battle with state to get land compensation
Date: 10/27/13
Source: The Spokesman Review

Waffle House appeals Biloxi Council zoning denial
Date: 10/29/13
Source: The Sun Herald

CAITS requests criminal investigation
Date: 10/25/13
Source: The Spectrum

Beach owner wins property dispute
Date: 10/26/13
Source: The San Mateo Daily Journal

Mine rights were lost before land was bought, town argues
Date: 10/24/13
Source: Florence Reminder & Blade-Tribune

Seattle seizes elderly woman’s parking lot to turn it into—a parking lot
Date: 10/25/13
Source: Fox News

Landowner objects to city eminent domain actions
Date: 10/23/13
Source: Ventura County Star

Work begins in Fresno on California bullet train, locals angry
Date: 10/20/13
Source: RGJ

Ocean City set to take land by eminent domain for dunes
Date: 10/20/13
Source: Press of Atlantic City

Eminent Domain Dispute
Date: 10/17/13
Source: KATV

Tower Investments wins eminent domain dispute with MDHA over Music City Center land
Date: 10/17/13
Source: The Tennessean

Long Beach court case could set precedent in lakefront property rights
Date: 10/16/13
Source: The Post-Tribune

Judge rules for Monroe County in Main St. eminent domain
Date: 10/17/13
Source: The Pocono Record

Town wins latest battle with developer
Date: 10/16/13
Source: The News Times

Lynchburg moves to acquire house using eminent domain
Date: 10/15/13
Source: The News and Advance

Richmond weighs using eminent domain to help struggling homeowners
Date: 10/15/13
Source: The Sacramento Bee

Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court airs challenge by William Pepin to regulations on endangered species
Date: 10/8/13
Source: MassLive

Builders secretly hoard mineral rights under property
Date: 10/9/13
Source: CNBC

Zoning board to decide later on rental of east side homes
Date: 10/10/13
Source: Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel

Seized SUV Finally Returned to Innocent Man
Date: 10/9/13
Source: NBC Chicago

Feds drop Calif. medical pot case against landlord
Date: 10/8/13
Source: Ventura County Star

Lake Mead property owners forced out until shutdown ends
Date: 10/4/13
Source: KTNV- ABC 13 Action News

National Park rangers ordered to keep visitors out of privately run businesses
Date: 10/6/13
Source: The Washington Times

The FBI’s Plan For The Millions Worth of Bitcoins Seized From Silk Road
Date: 10/4/13
Source: Forbes

F.T.C. Votes for Inquiry Into Patent Businesses
Date: 9/27/13
Source: New York Times

Police and prosecutors use bureaucratic confusion to keep assets they seize from the innocent
Date: 10/1/13
Source: San Francisco Bay Guardian

NYPD Saws Through Locks To Confiscate Bikes Parked Near Biden
Date: 9/26/13
Source: Gothamist

Prince William church leaders clash with the county over real-estate tax bills

Date: 9/22/13
Source: Washington Post

High court rules against ODU in eminent domain case
Date: 9/13/13
Source: The Virginian-Pilot

Virginia Supreme Court dismisses challenge to Alexandria’s waterfront plan
Date: 9/09/13
Source: Washington Post

Richmond’s eminent domain mortgage plan faces a new concern
Date: 8/21/13
Source: LA Times

Eminent domain could be used in battle against foreclosures in Richmond
Date: 5/25/13
Source; Mercury News

Supreme Court limits towing firms
Date: 5/14/13
Source: LA Times

Court Sides With Town In Building Fee Dispute
Date: 5/3/13
Source: Connecticut Law Tribune

City of Grapevine Prepares to Remove More Property Rights in Historic District
Date: 5/2/13
Source: Grapevine Texas Online

Proposed landlord law could strip tenants of rights
Date: 5/1/13
Source: Wausau Daily Herald

Committee kills eminent domain oil bill at sponsor’s request
Date: 5/1/13
Source: The Holyoke Enterprise

Bullock signs property owner protections law
Date: 5/1/13
Source: Billings Gazette

Eminent domain plays a key role in U.S. pipeline projects
Date: 4/27/13
Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

House panel kills eminent domain proposal
Date: 4/27/13
Source: Fort Morgan Times

Leesville farmer’s land could be seized by eminent domain
Date: 4/27/13
Source: Times Reporter

Supreme Court justices tackle Texas-Oklahoma water fight
Date: 4/23/13
Source: Yahoo News

Supreme Court considers gene patents
Date: 4/15/13
Source: Washington Post

Paulson, Macy’s, Samsung, Apple: Intellectual Property
Date: 4/11/13
Source: Bloomberg

Eminent Domain Fight in Camden
Date: 4/8/13

Osceola mayor thankful eminent domain bill failed
Date: 4/8/13
Source: Des Moines Register

Landmark decision trumps property owner rights
Date: 4/7/13
Source: The Northwestern

Voters limit Columbia’s eminent domain power
Date: 4/3/13