The Ripeness Hurdle in Takings Cases

By: Michael M. Berger
– Daily Journal

"The general concept of ripeness should be no stranger to lawyers. After all, one should bring no case before its time. We are all accustomed to dealing with various statutes of limitation and repose. But takings cases are different. The U.S. Supreme Court has invented a special hurdle to keep property owners from suing in federal court in order to vindicate federal rights protected by the Fifth Amendment."

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