SCOTUS Rules in Property Rights Case Involving Endangered Frog - Articles

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Posted by: Katharine Heriges on Nov 28, 2018

The U.S. Supreme Court today ruled in favor of a timber company and other landowners seeking to limit the federal government’s power to designate private land as protected habitat for an endangered species, Reuters reports. In 2012, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service decided to include private land where a warty amphibian called the dusky gopher frog does not currently live as a part of a “critical habitat” designation, putting potential restrictions on development opportunities. In the 8-0 decision, Chief Justice John Roberts wrote that there are limits on the scope of government authority to make such determinations.