U.S. Supreme Court to hear property dispute case


A property dispute case going before the U.S. Supreme Court could be of interest to local government risk pools. 

The case, Town of Chester v. Laroe Estates, examines whether or not a third party intervenor can participate in litigation without showing it has a direct, concrete stake in the outcome of the litigation. The State and Local Legal Center (SLLC) recently filed an amicus brief on the matter, arguing that allowing parties without proper standing to participate will be costly. Such participation “comes at the expense of taxpayers, complicating litigation (as well as settlement), and forcing government entities to continue to litigate in order to avoid allowing third-parties to control the results of litigation, which can have significant public policy consequence.” 

This case and several others will be reviewed in an upcoming webinar organized by SLLC and hosted the National Association of Counties. The webinar will also review a number of police cases, First Amendment cases, and a preemption case. Speakers include Matt Wessler of Gupta Wessler, who argued the preemption case; Tom Bondy of Orrick, who co-wrote the merits brief for Los Angeles County in the most important police case of the term; and Lawrence Hurley, Supreme Court correspondent for Reuters, who will discuss cases and the future of the Court. 

Registration is open for the webinar, which will be held Thursday, March 30, 2017, beginning at 2 p.m., Eastern Time. 

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