UNITED STATES v. 50 ACRES OF LAND

No. 83-1170.

469 U.S. 24 (1984)

UNITED STATES v. 50 ACRES OF LAND ET AL.

Supreme Court of United States.

Decided December 4, 1984.


Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Joshua I. Schwartz argued the cause for the United States. With him on the briefs were Solicitor General Lee, Assistant Attorney General Habicht, Deputy Solicitor General Claiborne, Deputy Assistant Attorney General Liotta, Raymond N. Zagone, Dirk D. Snel, and Thomas H. Pacheco.

H. Louis Nichols argued the cause for respondents.*


JUSTICE STEVENS delivered the opinion of the Court.

The Fifth Amendment requires that the United States pay "just compensation" — normally measured by fair market value1 — whenever it takes private property for public use.2 This case involves the condemnation of property owned by a municipality. The question is whether a public condemnee is entitled to...

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