Real Estate

Drones & Property Rights

Short video featuring Gregory S. McNeal
Gregory S. McNeal April 22, 2016

Gregory S. McNeal, Associate Professor of Law and Public Policy at Pepperdine School of Law, discusses some property rights questions that are associated with drone use. Do property owners own the air above their property? Can they destroy a drone that flies onto their property? How should disputes between property owners and drone users be settled?

Jesinoski v. Countrywide Home Loans, Inc. - Post-Decision SCOTUScast

SCOTUScast 1-21-15 featuring John Ohlendorf
John Ohlendorf January 21, 2015

On January 13, 2015, the Supreme Court issued its decision in Jesinoski v. Countrywide Home Loans, Inc.  The question in this case was whether, under the terms of the Truth in Lending Act, a borrower may rescind a mortgage transaction merely by notifying the lender in writing within three years of the finalization of the transaction, or must instead file a lawsuit within that same time period.

In an opinion delivered by Justice Scalia for a unanimous Court, the Court held that the borrower need only provide written notice to the lender within the three-year period, not file suit. The decision of the Eighth Circuit was reversed and the case remanded for further proceedings.

To discuss the case, we have John Ohlendorf, who is an associate at the law firm Cooper & Kirk, PLLC.

City of Richmond: The Next Kelo? - Podcast

Environmental Law & Property Rights and Financial Services & E-Commerce Practice Groups Podcast
Richard A. Epstein, Dean A. Reuter August 13, 2013

Richmond CaliforniaLast week, a lawsuit was filed in an attempt to halt a plan by the City of Richmond, California, to seize home loans using the power of eminent domain. While most of the loans are "under water," most are also performing -- monthly payments are being made by homeowners in a timely fashion. The claimants assert that the City of Richmond plan is unconstitutional in at least one of several potential respects, making arguments about under-valuation and public use. Is this another Kelo moment for the courts? Are the claims ripe? These and other questions were addressed during our Teleforum, which will be open to the press.


  • Professor Richard A. EpsteinLaurence A. Tisch Professor of Law, New York University School of Law
  • Moderator: Mr. Dean A. Reuter, Vice President & Director of Practice Groups, The Federalist Society

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Noel Canning Decision on Recess Appointments - Podcast

Financial Services & E-Commerce Practice Group Podcast
John C. Eastman, Noel J. Francisco, Todd J. Zywicki, Dean A. Reuter January 25, 2013

Noel Canning Decision on Recess Appointments - PodcastGiven the breaking news, George Mason Law School Professor Todd Zywicki, Chapman University School of Law Professor John Eastman, and Mr. Noel Francisco, a Jones Day Partner who argued the case in the D.C. Circuit Court, will discuss today’s D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals decision in the Noel Canning v. NLRB case, in which a unanimous three judge panel held the recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board unconstitutional. CFPB Director Richard Cordray was appointed at the same time by the President using the same recess appointment authority.

Professor Todd Zywicki will also discuss his recently published article, "Policy-Based Evidence-Making at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau." In the article, he first describes the mortgage rules very recently adopted by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). He goes on to question whether the rationale for the new rules is supported by factual evidence. Finding they are not, he calls for greater oversight of the CFPB.


  • Dr. John C. Eastman, Chapman University School of Law
  • Mr. Noel J. Francisco, Jones Day
  • Prof. Todd J. Zywicki, George Mason University School of Law
  • Moderator: Mr. Dean Reuter, Vice President & Director of Practice Groups, The Federalist Society

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Texas Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Private-Property Owners in Case on Public Access to Beaches

State Court Docket Watch Summer 2012
Brittany La Couture, Timothy Sandefur August 27, 2012

Texas Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Private-Property Owners in Case on Public Access to BeachesIn a case of first impression, the Texas Supreme Court recently ruled in Severance v. Paterson that the rights of private-property owners trump the public’s right to access beaches on private property. The court held 5-3 that when an act of nature “suddenly and dramatically” pushes back the vegetation line on a beach, the public easement that state law creates on beaches does not move along with it. In other words, while easements may change gradually, an avulsion does not entitle the state to a drastic expansion of its claim over existing private property. This article will describe the background and decision in Severance and examine how this case fits in with coastal-property jurisprudence... [Read more!]