Tag Archives: Supreme Court

NC Supreme Court dismisses forest lawsuit (access required)

RALEIGH — The North Carolina Supreme Court has dismissed a lawsuit that was filed to block North Carolina State University’s endowment from selling the Hoffman Forest near Jacksonville. The News & Observer of Raleigh reported the justices acted without a request from either the endowment ...

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Pray to play (access required)

Kenny Smith may not have campaigned on a platform of law and order, but he seemed ready – tongue firmly planted in cheek – to institute the latest lawmaking into a Charlotte City Council meeting on Monday afternoon. Smith, a ...

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Supreme Court ruling hobbles government’s ability to impose demands on developers (access required)


Land use attorneys across the state are hailing a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that greatly reduces the amount of leverage municipalities can wield in granting developers permits. A 5-4 majority in Koontz v. St. Johns River Water Management District held that the U.S. Constitution’s takings clause not only applies to cases in which a project is approved with “extortionate” conditions, but also to those denied when a developer refuses to agree to the coercive demands of the government.

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