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Contact: John M. Groen
Interim President and General Counsel
Pacific Legal Foundation
(916) 419-7111

James S. Burling
Director of Litigation
Pacific Legal Foundation
(916) 419-7111

Murrs’ Supreme Court case was highlighted at family gathering

Hudson, Wisconsin, June 3, 2016:  As they do every year, the children of the late William and Dorothy Murr gathered last weekend at the cabin on the St. Croix River that their parents gave them, to celebrate the Memorial Day holiday, and commemorate their late father’s birthday.

John M. Groen
Interim President and General Counsel

James S. Burling
Dir. of Litigation

But this year’s get-together had added significance.  The siblings are looking forward to their date with the U.S. Supreme Court in Murr v. State of Wisconsin and St. Croix County.  In this potentially precedent-setting property rights case, the Murrs are defending their rights in a legacy from their parents — the vacant riverfront parcel next to their cabin parcel.  They have been denied the right to sell or make productive use of the vacant parcel.  To avoid liability for an unconstitutional taking, officials are arbitrarily treating both lots as a single unified parcel, even though they were bought by the Murrs’ parents at different times and are legally distinct.

The Murrs are represented free of charge by Pacific Legal Foundation (PLF), a national watchdog organization for limited government and property rights.  Joined by John Groen, PLF’s Interim President and General Counsel, the family invited local media to their cabin on the Friday before Memorial Day to tell their story.

Watch their press conference in full

News report by KSPT-TV, Minneapolis
News report by KARE-TV, Minneapolis

The case is Murr v. State of Wisconsin and St. Croix County.  More information, including PLF’s opening brief on the merits, a podcast, and an explanatory blog post, is available at:

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