Chalk one up for the state. A big one.
A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has shredded the takings claims of Bridge ‘Aina Le‘a, LLC, over the state Land Use Commission’s decision in 2011 to revert 1,060 acres of land in the Big Island district of South Kohala to the Agricultural District. Bridge had sought more than $30 million in damages as a result of the LUC action.
The appellate ruling, issued on February 19, not only nullified a nominal damage award . . .
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