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Private Property Legal Cases

Since its creation in 1977, MSLF has been one of the nation's leading centers fighting to ensure that property owners are accorded all rights guaranteed by the Constitution. MSLF defends property owners who cannot afford to fight back against government lawyers and environmental groups to protect their property rights. MSLF's litigation has helped to ensure the preservation of one of America's most valuable and valued freedoms--the right to own and use property.

  • American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign v. Jewell

    Whether the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM’s) general duty to manage wild horses on public lands supersedes the BLM’s non-discretionary, mandatory duty to remove wild horses from private lands, especially in the checkerboard area of Wyoming?
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  • Brott v. United States of America

    Whether Congress may statutorily deny landowners the right to have their Fifth Amendment takings claims heard by an Article III court and tried by a jury under the Seventh Amendment?
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  • Cedar Point Nursery v. Gould

    Whether California’s access regulation requiring agricultural businesses to grant access to their private property to union organizers without compensation violate the Takings Clause of the Fifth Amendment, as applied to the states by the Fourteenth Amendment?
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  • Herr v. U.S. Forest Service

    Whether the Forest Service has the authority to impair state-law created property rights?
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  • Johnson v. Environmental Protection Agency

    Whether a landowner may be fined thousands of dollars a day under the Clean Water Act (CWA) by damming a creek—for the construction of a stock pond—that has no conceivable connection to any navigable waters and when the CWA exempts the construction of stock ponds?
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  • Marvin M. Brandt Revocable Trust v. United States of America

    Whether the federal government may seize private property without paying just compensation and whether the federal government may ignore reversionary property interests of landowners in its operation of the rails-to-trails program?
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  • Murr v. Wisconsin

    Whether the mere fact that a property owner owns two contiguous parcels of land allows the government to preclude all use of one of the parcels with impunity?
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  • Solenex, LLC v. Jewell

    Whether the federal government may prevent resource development and destroy contract and property rights through unreasonable and indefinite delay?
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  • Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation v. Environmental Protection Agency

    Whether non-Indian landowners may be subjected to tribal jurisdiction after their land was ceded by the Tribes to the United States, and then purchased by settlers over 100 years ago pursuant to an Act of Congress that explicitly stated the land was outside the reservation’s boundaries?
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