Fox & Friends will interview Coy Koontz Jr.
and PLF’s James Burling
SACRAMENTO, CA; January 23, 2014: Pacific Legal Foundation’s landmark property rights litigation, in the historic Koontz case, will be the subject of an interview segment tomorrow morning (Friday, January 24), on Fox & Friends, the nationally televised morning show on the Fox News Channel. The segment is scheduled to air at 6:20 a.m. (EST); 3:20 a.m. (PST).
In PLF’s 2013 victory at the U.S. Supreme Court — in Koontz v. St. Johns River Water Management District — the court ruled for the first time that the Fifth Amendment protects property owners from excessive, unjustified demands for money by land use permitting officials.
PLF attorneys represent, free of charge, Coy Koontz Jr., whose family has litigated this case for two decades. Fox & Friends will interview Mr. Koontz along with PLF Director of Litigation James S. Burling. The interview originates in New Orleans, where Mr. Koontz is set to receive the 2014 Crystal Eagle Award, for his substantial contribution to property rights, from the Owners Counsel of America, a nationwide network of the country’s leading eminent domain attorneys.
The saga of the Koontz case started in the 1990s when a Florida agency responded to the Koontzes’ request for a land use permit by hitting them with confiscatory demands — specifically, that they pay for expensive upgrades on government property, miles away.
After last year’s Supreme Court victory, the case has returned to the lower state courts where Mr. Koontz and his attorneys are seeking compliance from the regulators. But the Supreme Court’s Koontz precedent is firmly established and offers protection for property owners nationwide. The court has now made it clear that money is “property” for the purposes of the Takings Clause, so landowners are protected by the Constitution from extortionate regulatory demands.
The interview is set for Fox & Friends on Fox News Channel, Friday, January 24, 6:20 a.m. (EST); 3:20 a.m. (PST).
About Pacific Legal Foundation
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The decision in Koontz marks PLF’s seventh consecutive direct representation victory at the U.S. Supreme Court for liberty and limited government.