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Nollan v. California Coastal Commission

United States Supreme Court
483 U.S. 825 (1987)


Facts

James and Marilyn Nollan (plaintiffs) own beachfront property in California. When they attempted to rebuild a home that was located on the property, the California Coastal Commission (defendant) granted their building permit, with the condition that the Nollans create an easement for the public to pass over their property to the public beach. The Nollans then brought this action to challenge the condition set by the Commission. The California Court of Appeal ruled that the condition was valid. The Nollans then petitioned for certiorari to the United States Supreme Court.

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