Justices to Hear Property Rights Dispute over Wisconsin Family's Land

Justices to Hear Property Rights Dispute over Wisconsin Family's Land Photo: AP/Jon Elswick, File

March 19, 2017 09:39 PM

The Supreme Court could make it easier for landowners to get paid when government rules make their property less valuable.

Justices hear arguments Monday in a dispute over a Wisconsin family's effort to sell a riverfront plot. The family says conservation rules barring a sale have stripped the land of value.

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County officials nixed the sale because regulations treat the family's two lots as a single property that can't be split up.

The case has garnered attention from property rights and business groups that want government officials to pay when regulations restrict property use. The dispute also has more than a dozen states lining up on opposite sides.

More than 100 cities and counties across the country have similar rules in place.


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