Pulte Home Corporation v. Montgomery County, Maryland

Developer spends years, many millions of dollars to acquire 540 acres and the rights to develop it. Yikes! Montgomery County, Md. officials rezone the land and impose a series of requirements that, according to the developer, reduce the land available for development to just 93 acres. The developer sues in state court; the county removes the case to federal court. Fourth Circuit: “Resolving the routine land-use disputes that inevitably and constantly arise among developers, local residents, and municipal officials is simply not the business of the federal courts.” If you want a case to stay in state court, don’t raise federal claims.

Tags: 2018, Federal Court, Fourth Circuit, Zoning

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