In Kelo v. City of New London, the U.S. Supreme Court ignited
a flame of public outcry over the question of what constitutes a “public use” to justify the exercise of eminent domain. In the five years since Kelo was decided, there has been a renewed focus on the limitations of eminent domain set forth in the Constitution of the United States, state constitutions, and state and federal statutes. This article examines several recent state cases, which show that courts are now examining the boundaries of the due process rights implicated in the use of eminent domain powers by government agencies.
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