Tag: Kelo

Fox Video: Eminent Domain Ghost Town

Posted on Dec 2, 2009 in News & Events

Yesterday Fox Business News featured a segment on eminent domain with John Stossel. OCA Member and Institute for Justice Senior Attorney, Dana Berliner (co-counsel to Susette Kelo), and Jeff Benedict, author of “Little Pink House.” Discussion focused on Kelo, Pfizer’s recent announcement that it would leave New London and eminent domain abuse in general. Stossel also points to Anaheim, California as an example of how government can stimulate development by streamlining building and zoning regulations, avoiding eminent domain and saving tax payers dollars.

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Supreme Court will hear oral argument in Florida beach takings case

Posted on Dec 1, 2009 in News & Events

On Wednesday, December 2, 2009, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Stop the Beach Renourishment, Inc. v. Florida Dep’t of Environmental Protection, et al. For background on the case see our previous posts here and here as well as the case resource page on inversecondemnation.com by OCA Hawaii Member, Robert Thomas.

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Sen. McCain: Private property rights need protection

Posted on Oct 22, 2009 in News & Events

The opinion piece below appeared in today’s Arizona Daily Star and is attributed to Senator John McCain. Senator McCain clearly disagrees with the decision of the U.S. Supreme Court in Kelo and even calls upon the Court to revisit “its decision in the near term because it is irresponsible for the court to abandon long-held limitations on government power.” Although it is unlikely that the Court will revisit Kelo “in the near term,” the Justices will have an opportunity review a case before the Court concerning the issue of private property rights when oral arguments in Stop the Beach Renourishment v. Florida Dep’t of Environmental Protection take place before the Court on December 2, 2009.

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6th Annual Brigham-Kanner Property Rights Conference honored Prof. Richard Pipes

Posted on Oct 20, 2009 in News & Events

The sixth annual Brigham-Kanner Property Rights Conference and presentation of the 2009 Brigham-Kanner Property Rights Prize was held this past weekend, October 16 & 17, at the College of William & Mary Law School in Williamsburg, Virginia. The 2009 Brigham-Kanner Property Rights Prize was presented to Professor Richard E. Pipes, Professor Emeritus of History at Harvard University in the historic Sir Christopher Wren Building – America’s oldest academic building – on the William and Mary campus.

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Connecticut Office of Ombudsman for Property Rights Closes

Posted on Sep 10, 2009 in News & Events

In a statement on its website, the Connecticut Office of Ombudsman For Property Rights announced the closure of the office effective September 8, 2009 as a result of budgetary constraints. Robert S. Poliner who held the position of the first and only Connecticut Ombudsman for Property Rights served only two years.

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Texas Family considers selling their land for marina project

Posted on Mar 11, 2009 in News & Events

In a story published March 9, 2009 (“Gore might sell land for marina, after all”) by The Facts, Nathaniel Lukefahr reports that Wright Gore, III has begun negotiating with the various parties involved in the ownership of his family’s business, Western Seafood Co., to reorganize the business and the property on which it operates so that the property can be sold to the Freeport Economic Development Corporation (FEDC) for the marina project it began over 6 years ago.

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“Little Pink House” author & Kelo featured on Hannity

Posted on Jan 30, 2009 in News & Events

Author Jeff Benedict and Suzette Kelo appeared on the Fox News “Hannity” show Wednesday night to discuss Benedict’s recently released book, “Little Pink House,” and the state of affairs in New London’s Fort Trumbull neighborhood since the infamous Supreme Court Kelo decision in 2005.

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OCA Honors Hannity & Colmes for Contributions in Protecting Property Rights

Posted on Jan 5, 2009 in News & Events

On Tuesday, January 6, the Owners’ Counsel of America will present the Crystal Eagle Award to Sean Hannity & Alan Colmes, of Fox News “Hannity & Colmes,” in recognition of their contributions to protecting and promoting private property rights and exposing eminent domain abuse.

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Texas Developer Files Lawsuits To Bulldoze Freedom of the Press

Posted on Dec 11, 2008 in News & Events

Yesterday, the Institute for Justice released the following press release regarding the recent lawsuit filed by Dallas, Texas Developer H. Walker Royall against author Carla Main, Professor Richard Epstein and Ms. Main’s publisher, Encounter Books, regarding Ms. Main’s book: Bulldozed: “Kelo,” Eminent Domain, and the American Lust for Land. The book can be purchased online at http://www.amazon.com/dp/1594031932/

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Nevada Responds to Kelo with PISTOL

Posted on Dec 4, 2008 in News & Events

Thanks to Alan Ackerman for bringing to our attention on his blog the Las Vegas Review-Journal editorial below commenting on the successful ballot initiative proposed by Owners’ Counsel of America Member, Kermitt L. Waters, Las Vegas, Nevada. Kermitt L. Waters and the attorneys at The Law Offices of Kermitt L. Waters have a combined 70 years experience defending Nevada landowners against eminent domain.

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