Eminent Domain: First Principles, Kelo, and In Service of Infrastructure Buildout

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For most people, the knee jerk response to taking someone else’s private property for any reason is that it’s wrong. However, the legal concept of a government’s right to expropriate private property for public use, also known as eminent domain, is a little more nuanced. Energy, Environment & Natural Resources Practice Group member Tim Sowecke navigates through Latin phrases, constitutional amendments and a story about a little pink house that sparked a fiery dissent from U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thomas, to explain the background See more +
For most people, the knee jerk response to taking someone else’s private property for any reason is that it’s wrong. However, the legal concept of a government’s right to expropriate private property for public use, also known as eminent domain, is a little more nuanced. Energy, Environment & Natural Resources Practice Group member Tim Sowecke navigates through Latin phrases, constitutional amendments and a story about a little pink house that sparked a fiery dissent from U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thomas, to explain the background of eminent domain and how it may even offer a tool to expand America’s infrastructure. See less -
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