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Land Use (generally)

Diamond Bar Cattle Co. v. United States

The court holds that two cattle company owners do not have a vested private-property right to graze their cattle in the Apache and Gila National Forests without a U.S. Forest Service permit. The owners argued that because their...

Whitehead v. Allied Signal, Inc.

The court holds that a property owner cannot maintain an action for forcible ejectment against a company that was ordered to acquire the property owner's land as part of a Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and...

Gordon v. Texas

The court holds that the political question doctrine does not bar a federal court from resolving landowners' suits alleging that a state-managed fish pass significantly contributed to beach erosion on their property. The court first...

Dittmer v. Suffolk, County of

The court holds that a district court abused its discretion by abstaining from a case in which landowners challenge, on federal due process and equal protection grounds, a New York land use law restricting development on Long Island....

Quick v. Austin, City of

The court holds that a local water quality control ordinance applicable within the city of Austin and in its extraterritorial jurisdiction is valid under Texas law. The ordinance, which was enacted through the city's initiative and...

United States v. Keller

The court affirms the denial of landowners' untimely demand for a jury trial on the issue of just compensation in a condemnation proceeding initiated by the United States. The United States was attempting to obtain 42 acres of the...

Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa & Chippewa Indians v. Director

The court holds that a band of Native Americans has the right to moor commercial fishing vessels at two municipally owned marinas on Lake Michigan. The court first holds that treaties signed in 1836 and 1855 provided for an easement of...

Hoefler v. Babbitt

The court holds that the Quiet Title Act does not require the Interior Board of Land Appeals (IBLA) to refer the determination of chain of title mining claims to the federal district court. Appellants claimed that the IBLA's failure to...

United States v. 17.83 Acres of Land

The court holds that owners of property atop South Mountain in Washington County, Maryland, were not entitled to an increase in the amount awarded them in a condemnation proceeding. The property owners contend that the district court...

Utah v. Babbitt

The court holds that plaintiffs lack standing to challenge the U.S. Department of the Interior's (DOI's) 1996 Federal Land Policy and Management Act (FLPMA) inventory of public lands in Utah to identify the absence or presence of...