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Nollan v. California Coastal Commission


Thomas Jefferson expressed in the Declaration of Independence that no man should be stripped of "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness." In its original formulation, however, by the British philosopher John Locke, the last of these had been "the pursuit of property." Constitutional protection of these rights is embodied in the Fifth Amendment to the Constitution, which continues in part that " . . . nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation." Nollan figured into a late twentieth-century movement to reestablish property rights, which had first begun to suffer under the New Deal policies of President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

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Law Library - American Law and Legal InformationNotable Trials and Court Cases - 1981 to 1988Nollan v. California Coastal Commission - Significance, Mr. And Mrs. Nollan Build Their Dream Home, Limits On The State's Power To Take