Barron v. Mayor & City Council of Baltimore
United States Supreme Court
32 U.S. (7 Pet.) 243 (1833)
John Barron (plaintiff) owned and operated a wharf in the city of Baltimore. He brought suit against the Mayor and City Council of Baltimore (defendants), alleging that when completing street construction, the City had ruined his wharf by diverting streams and making the water too shallow for boats. Barron sued for damages, seeking to invoke the Takings Clause of the Fifth Amendment. The case was accepted on writ of error to the Court of Appeals for the Western Shore of the State of Maryland, which held for the city. The United States Supreme Court granted certiorari.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Marshall, C.J.)