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California First English Evangelical Lutheran Church of Glendale v. County of Los Angeles

Decision, Significance, Impact


First English Evangelical Lutheran Church of Glendale


County of Los Angeles, California

Appellant's Claim

The "interim ordinance" adopted by the County of Los Angeles denied the appellant's right to use of his property and violated the Just Compensation Clause of the Fifth Amendment.

Chief Lawyer for Appellant

Michael M. Berger

Chief Lawyer for Appellee

Jack R. White

Justices for the Court

William J. Brennan, Jr., Thurgood Marshall, Lewis F. Powell, Jr., William H. Rehnquist (writing for the Court), Antonin Scalia, Byron R. White

Justices Dissenting

Harry A. Blackmun, Sandra Day O'Connor, John Paul Stevens


Washington, D.C.

Date of Decision

9 June 1987

Related Cases

  • Agins v. Tiburon, 24 Cal. 266 (1979).
  • San Diego Gas & Electric Co. v. San Diego, 450 U.S. 621 (1981).
  • Williamson County Regional Planning Commission v. Hamilton Bank, 473 U.S. 172 (1985).
  • MacDonald, Sommer & Frates v. Yolo County, 477 U.S. 340 (1986).
  • Lucas v. South Carolina Coastal Council, 505 U.S. 1003 (1992).

Further Readings

  • Katz, David M. "Pool Uses One Form for Many Liabilities." National Underwriter Property & Casualty-Risk & Benefits Management, July 6, 1998, p. 17.
  • Wise, Charles R., and Kirk Emerson. "Regulatory Takings: The Emerging Doctrine and Its Implications for Public Administration." Administration & Society, November 1994, p. 305.

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