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Justices bolster property owners' rights

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court's conservative majority gave a major boost to property rights Friday, ruling that developers and land owners may go directly to federal court and seek compensation for a "taking" of their property.

The 5-4 decision overturned a 1985 precedent that said property owners may not sue in federal court if their development plans were blocked until they had sought and been denied compensation from local officials or a state agency. This process

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