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U.S. Top Court: Government May Be Liable for Flood Damage

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. (AP Photo/Kristen Hines, Pool)
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. (AP Photo/Kristen Hines, Pool)

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday that the federal government may be required to pay damages when it releases water from a dam that causes temporary flooding for a property owner downstream.

The case addressed the politically charged issue of when government activity that affects private property constitutes a "taking" that requires payment to a landowner. Under the 5th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, the government must pay owners of private property that it takes for public purposes.

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