Trial Dates have been set for phase two and three in Hage v. US. - Hage Trial Set for May 3 through May 21, 2004, in Reno, Nevada
April 16, 2003
The final two phases of the Hage v. United States takings case in the US Court of Federal Claims has been set for trial. The court has set aside the three weeks of May 3rd-21st 2004 in Reno, Nevada to handle the remaining issues. Since plaintiffs won the first phase, where the court determined the Hage's owned significant property rights in their grazing allotments, the court will now hear whether or not government action which led to the closing of the ranch, caused a taking for which plaintiffs must be compensated.
The case, which has been proceeding in the Claims Court since 1991, is closely watched by property rights advocates and foes, because of the case's potential to wage a major blow to the implementation of environmental regulations. If the Hage's prevail in proving the restrictive environmental policy enforced by the land management agencies led to the uncompensated taking of their ranch, landowners across America will be in a stronger position to stop the radical agenda from running them out of business.
Favorable property rights precedents are desperately needed in case law to restore property rights in America, and uphold the protections guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States of America. Hage v. United States is a major step forward in this direction.
This case has been supported by the membership of Stewards of the Range since its filing. We are currently working to raise $100,000 for the expert witnesses, deposition and discovery, briefs, pre trial hearings, and the expense of the trial itself. You can join our efforts to ensure this case prevails by becoming a member, or making a special contribution to the case today. All contributions are greatly appreciated.
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