We are gratified to see that our takings case brought on behalf of landowners in Muskegon, Michigan (Brott v. United States) continues to attract national attention. This week, Perry Penderly, President of the Mountain States Legal Foundation and the former Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy and Minerals of the Department of Interior in the Reagan administration, wrote a column for the Washington Times (see below) highlighting the plight of these landowners. As our lawsuit asserts, a 19th Century federal statute unconstitutionally denies these landowners their right to be heard by a jury in a U.S. District Court to seek compensation for the government’s taking of their land. Fortunately, so far at least, the government’s effort to dismiss their claims has been rightfully denied.
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