Jane B. Baron


People care about property. In 2005, the United States Supreme Court decided two cases with deep connections to that concern, both brought by property owners challenging the government's power under the Takings Clause to take title to, or significantly affect the value of, their property. Kelo v. City of New London has been seen as controversial while Lingle v. Chevron USA Inc. has received far less public attention. This Article argues that the significance of Kelo and of Lingle lies in the extent to which the two cases engage with, or fail to engage with, the cultural debate over the function of property in contemporary society.



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