Law firm calls on Supreme Court to stop Atlantic Yards

June 09, 2008 08:39AM

An influential public interest law firm has filed a friend-of-the-court brief urging the U.S. Supreme Court to stop Forest City Ratner’s Atlantic Yards development in Brooklyn. The Virginia-based Institute for Justice challenged the use of eminent domain for a private development in the landmark case Kelo v. City of New London; the Supreme Court ruled in favor of the development. Now the institute’s lawyers want the court to overturn two lower federal court rulings and rule that using eminent domain is unconstitutional when property is taken in “bad faith or for pretextual reasons,” like benefiting a private developer.


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