Public Use and Abuse


The Pacific Legal Foundation and the ACLU of Michigan are asking the Michigan Supreme Court to overrule Poletown, a notorious 20-year-old decision that has fueled eminent domain abuse.

?The consequences of the Poletown decision for property owners across America have been disastrous, especially in low-income neighborhoods,? said PLF attorney Timothy Sandefur. ?It has created an inequitable policy of corporate welfare allowing wealthy and powerful interests to take other people?s land for their own profit usually at the expense of the poor and underrepresented.?

The press release. The brief.