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Knick v. Township of Scott, Pennsylvania: Not the Revolution Some Hope for and Others Fear

By Bethany Berger
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In Knick v. Township of Scott, Pennsylvania, 139 S. Ct. 2162 (2019), the Supreme Court overruled Williamson County Regional Planning Commission v. Hamilton Bank, 473 U.S. 172 (1985), to hold that plaintiffs may file inverse condemnation claims in federal court without first exhausting their claims in state court. Advocates of takings expansion rejoiced: “[A]fter more than 30 years, Supreme Court reopens the federal courthouse door to property owners.” Robert H. Thomas, Knick Analysis, Part I: After More Than 30 Years, Supreme Court Reopens the Federal Courthouse Door to Property Owners, InverseCondemnation.com (June 24, 2019), https://bit.ly/2U1k34X.

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