House Passes Bill To Nix High Court Eminent Domain Ruling

Law360, New York (February 29, 2012, 1:35 PM EST) -- The U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday passed a bill that would reverse the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark 2005 ruling that allows governments to take over private property and hand it to companies in the name of economic development.

The bipartisan bill, passed without a committee vote after the House decided to suspend the rules, bans the use of eminent domain by the federal government, states or cities for the loosely defined purpose of public benefit through promoting economic development. It also seeks to punish any...
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