|[March 20, 2017]
PLF Argues Historic Murr Property Rights Case at Supreme Court
This morning, the historic property rights case of Murr
v. State of Wisconsin and St. Croix County was argued at
the Supreme Court by John M. Groen, Executive Vice President and General
Counsel with Pacific Legal Foundation.
PLF represents, free of charge, four brothers and sisters of the Murr
family, who have fought all the way to the Supreme Court to stop
bureaucrats from taking a family legacy - a vacant parcel along the St.
Croix River purchased by their late parents decades ago as a family
The Murrs would like to sell the vacant parcel, to fund repairs to their
family cabin which sits on an adjacent parcel that their parents bought
several years earlier. But government officials - imposing regulations
enacted after both parcels were purchased - have prohibited them from
selling or making any productive use of the vacant investment parcel. To
avoid liability for a "taking" of the vacant parcel, officials are
arbitrarily treating both lots as if they were a single, unified parcel
- even though they were bought at different times and are legally
The case poses a precedent-setting question:
Can government take property ithout compensation
simply because the owner happens to also own adjacent land?
"It was an honor to argue this important property rights case before the
nation's highest court," said Groen. "This case is about seeking justice
for the Murr family and protecting their rights, but it is also about
ensuring the integrity of everyone's constitutionally protected property
rights, from coast to coast. The Constitution means what it says when it
prohibits uncompensated seizure of property. With this case, we seek to
reaffirm that government can't define that mandate away through the use
of creative regulatory maneuvers."
PLF will archive a Facebook
Live video stream of the post-argument
news conference, and provide photos
and short video clips. Visit: www.pacificlegal.org.
For interviews, contact Kate Pomeroy at (970) 274-4063 or email@example.com.
Pacific Legal Foundation
Pacific Legal Foundation, America's most powerful ally for justice,
litigates in courts nationwide for limited government, property rights,
individual liberty, and a balanced approach to environmental regulations.
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