High Court's Fla. Wetlands Case Could Upend Takings Law

Law360, Miami (May 24, 2013, 8:01 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Supreme Court could be set to redefine the scope of the Fifth Amendment’s takings clause in a fight over a piece of Florida wetlands, according to attorneys who say a ruling adopting the landowner’s stance that a permit denial is an unconstitutional taking would upend the current law.

Governmental entities and property owners are anxiously awaiting a decision from the U.S. Supreme Court in Koontz v. St. Johns Water Management District, in which the high court likely will decide whether the state agency effected...
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