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E-M:/ RE: / Landowner wins legal battle with DEQ over 'taking' of dunes



The newspaper article, for what it is worth, doesn't seem to support this statement:
 
"Those millions of dollars spent to put in right-wing political supreme court judges paid off."
 
The state may have acted imprudently when it rejected a mediator's proposed settlement.  The rights the owner claims are based in a 1978 case, Penn Central Transportation Company.  This dune case seems to be fairly complicated, but I think the Supreme Court knew the background on federal and state takings cases when it opined. 
 
 
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From: owner-enviro-mich@great-lakes.net [mailto:owner-enviro-mich@great-lakes.net] On Behalf Of HAMILTREEF@aol.com
Sent: Thursday, November 02, 2006 11:23
To: enviro-mich@great-lakes.net
Subject: E-M:/ Landowner wins legal battle with DEQ over 'taking' of dunes

Those millions of dollars spent to put in right-wing political supreme court judges paid off.
 
 
Sandblasted again.

That may be the feeling of state administrators responsible for protecting Michigan's fragile sand dunes after a Port Sheldon Township man won what could be a final, $1.7 million legal battle against the state.

The state Supreme Court on Wednesday refused to hear an appeal that might have overturned a 2004 financial award due Holland attorney William Heaphy for the state's "taking" of 150 feet of lakefront land.