Kelo v. New London: A Decade Later

Title News, June 2015

3 Pages Posted: 28 Jun 2015 Last revised: 16 Oct 2015

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Bethany Berger

University of Connecticut School of Law

Date Written: June 1, 2015


The Supreme Court issued its decision in Kelo v. New London ten years ago this June. This short piece, invited in response to a conference at UConn Law this spring, presents the backstory and aftermath of the case. The article frames the case against the distinctive situation of post-industrial cities like New London, and looks at why the case so resonated with the public. It summarizes the legal impact of the case at the state level and its limitations, and the less visible political impact on governmental decision makers. Finally, the article looks at what happened to New London and the plaintiffs after the case was decided.

Keywords: Kelo v. New London, takings, eminent domain, urban planning

JEL Classification: K10, K11, R14, R52

Suggested Citation

Berger, Bethany, Kelo v. New London: A Decade Later (June 1, 2015). Title News, June 2015, Available at SSRN:

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University of Connecticut School of Law ( email )

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Hartford, CT 06105
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