Brandt v. United States amicus brief

Brandt v. United States amicus brief

(U.S. Supreme Court), 572 U.S. 93 (2014) We served as lead counsel for amici curiae Cato Institute, American Farm Bureau Federation, American Land Title Association, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, Public Lands Council, and Property Law Professors James Ely, Jr., Richard Epstein, Donald Kochan, and Dale Whitman in a case filed by the U.S....

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Brott v. United States

Brott v. United States

(U.S. Supreme Court) We represented a group of Michigan property owners in this Trails Act taking case, concurrently filed in both the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan and the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, challenging the Tucker Act’s prohibition on filing taking cases against the United States over $10,000 in an Article...

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St. Bernard Parish Gov v. United States

St. Bernard Parish Gov v. United States

 Amicus Brief (U.S. Supreme Court) We represented amici curiae NFIB Small Business Legal Center, Reason Foundation, Southeastern Legal Foundation, National Association of Reversionary Property Owners, Property Rights Foundation of America, and Professor James W. Ely, Jr., in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and the U.S. Supreme...

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Lee v. Virginia State Board of Elections

Lee v. Virginia State Board of Elections

(U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit), 188 F. Supp.3d 577 (E.D. Va. 2016), affirmed 843 F.3d 592 (4th Cir. 2016) Thor was appointed by Virginia’s Attorney General as special counsel for the Commonwealth of Virginia to defend the state’s photo-voter ID law.  As lead trial and appellate counsel Thor successfully defended the Virginia...

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Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia v. Comer

Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia v. Comer

 Amicus Brief (U.S. Supreme Court), 137 S.Ct. 2012 (2017)  We served as counsel in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit and in the U.S. Supreme Court for the National Association of Evangelicals as an amicus party in this First Amendment religious freedom case.  The case challenged the Missouri state constitution’s “Blaine Amendment,”...

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West Chelsea Buildings, LLC v. United States

West Chelsea Buildings, LLC v. United States

(U.S. Supreme Court) We represented property owners in New York City in takings litigation regarding the High Line, a popular elevated recreational park on the West Side of Manhattan.  Those landowners sought to appeal their claims for compensation under the Fifth Amendment for the taking of their property to the U.S. Supreme Court.  

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Bay Point Properties, Inc. v. Mississippi Transportation Comm’n

Bay Point Properties, Inc. v. Mississippi Transportation Comm’n

Amicus Brief (U.S. Supreme Court)We represented amici curiae Cato Institute, NFIB Small Business Legal Center, Southeastern Legal Foundation, National Association of Reversionary Property Owners, Property Rights Foundation of America, and Law Professors James W. Ely, Jr., Shelley Ross Saxer, and Ilya Somin.  This case challenged a Mississippi...

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Shoemaker v. Kander

Shoemaker v. Kander

(Missouri Supreme Court), 464 S.W.3d 171 (Mo. 2015). Thor successfully represented Missouri Farmers Care, a coalition of agricultural groups, in defense of Missouri Constitutional Amendment 1, the “Right to Farm Amendment” in a statewide recount and state supreme court election contest.

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Palmer Ranch v. Commissioner of Internal Revenue

Palmer Ranch v. Commissioner of Internal Revenue

(U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit), T.C. Memo 2014-79 (US Tax Court 2013), affirmed, 812 F.3d 982 (11th Cir. 2016)US Tax Court trial involving an $83 million dollar dispute with the IRS.  A wealthy family donated property for a conservation easement and public park.  The IRS disallowed the donation.  After a two-week trial the IRS...

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