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November 24, 2009

Kelo v. New London: The Little Pink House

Filed under: Electronic Resources — Tags: , — uhlawlibrary @ 3:36 pm

Susette Kelo bought an old house in a blue-collar neighborhood overlooking the shoreline in New London, Connecticut.  She painted it pink.  Pharmaceutical company, Pfizer, Inc., wanted to build a new global research and development headquarters next door and the State put up $100 million to help realize that goal.  The City of New London began purchasing all of the nearby property so that a five-star hotel could be built.  But Susette Kelo, who had poured her life savings into the house was a hold-out.  She refused to sell.  On the day before Thanksgiving the City tacked condemnation papers to her front door.  New London would take her little pink house through eminent domain and she had 90 days to vacate.

Susette Kelo rallied support and eight years later the United States Supreme Court decided Ms. Kelo’s and the little pink house’s fate.  In a controversial 5-4 decision authored by Justice Souter, New London was allowed to take the property because the new development would generate more revenue for the City.  Students thinking of a topic for SYS on regulatory takings could read this book over the break.

Read more of this fascinating case in a book newly acquired by the Law Library.  Little Pink House, a True Story of Defiance and Courage by Jeff Benedict is available for checkout [KF 229 .K45 B46 2009].

Read a book review on BePress.

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1 Comment »

  1. What a case! For a photo of the little pink house, see http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/8331097/

    Comment by Elisabeth — November 25, 2009 @ 5:02 am


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