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Koontz: A Valuable Weapon Against Government Sponsored Extortion

July 3, 2013

By: Randolph W. Ortlieb The U.S. Supreme Court decided a case which bolsters the rights of property owners against government agencies who impose “extortionate” demands or development fees.  The opinion was issued on June 25, 2013 in the case of Koontz v. St. Johns River Water Management District.[1] Definition of an Unconstitutional Taking. In Koontz, the Court applied the doctrine of “unconstitutional conditions” established in the Court’s previous Nollan and Dolan opinions.[2] Under those opinions, where an agency demands […]

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