Saul Ewing Attorneys File Amici Curiae Brief in U.S. Supreme Court

Saul Ewing Attorneys File Amici Curiae Brief in U.S. Supreme Court

"Kohr Aids Conn. Case; Brief Could Help Decision", The York Dispatch

February 25, 2005

A team of Saul Ewing lawyers filed an Amici Curiae "friend of the court" brief with the United States Supreme Court that may influence a landmark eminent domain decision. This article covers the brief's potential impact on a Connecticut case about the balance between private property owners' rights and the government's right to seize property for public use.

The brief was written by Saul Ewing Partner Joel R. Burcat, Chair of the Environment, Energy and Utilities Department in the Harrisburg office, and Partners John C. Snyder and Elizabeth U. Witmer in the Chesterbrook office.

Ms. Witmer, who handles eminent domain issues, is quoted in the article. She and Mr. Snyder are representing the Kohr family, whose land also may be subject to an eminent domain proceeding. "If just economics is a good reason for the taking, then my house, then your house, normal people's houses are subject to takings," she said.