Opening the Floodgates

On June 23, 2005, in the now infamous Kelo v. City New London decision, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that governments may use eminent domain to take and bulldoze existing homes and businesses to make way for new private development. Attorney Dana Berliner was the first to document the nationwide epidemic of eminent domain abuse in the groundbreaking “Public Power, Private Gain.” In “Opening the Floodgates; Eminent Domain Abuse In the Post-Kelo World,” she shows how the Kelo ruling opened the floodgates to even greater use of eminent domain for private profit—exactly as Justice O’Connor predicted in her Kelo dissent.

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