High Court Could Clarify Takings Law In Beachfront Dispute

Law360 (March 1, 2018, 3:26 PM EST) -- A California billionaire has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to hear a case concerning access to his beachfront property, and while the dispute is riddled with state-specific issues, experts say the high court could step in to offer clarity on whether the state has unconstitutionally taken value from the property by saying the owner can't restrict public access.

Sun Microsystems Inc. co-founder Vinod Khosla a decade ago bought beachfront property south of San Francisco and subsequently closed off public access to the beach, and lower and appellate court rulings in 2014 and 2017, respectively, found Khosla had violated the California Coastal...

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