NFIB Lauds Supreme Court Decision Upholding Landowner Rights

Date: February 22, 2012
For Immediate Release
Contact:  Cynthia Magnuson 202-314-2036 or 

WASHINGTON, D.C, February 22, 2012 – The National Federation of Independent Business Small Business (NFIB) Legal Center issued the following statement on the Supreme Court’s decision in PPL Montana, LLC v. Montana.

“We are elated by the Supreme Court’s unanimous decision today, which restores more than 100 years of case law regarding navigable waters and ensures that the property rights of small-business owners around the nation are more secure,” said executive director of NFIB’s Small Business Legal Center Karen Harned. “For small-business owners, most of whom are property owners and whose property is critical to the success of their business, these rights are sacred. As NFIB argued in it amicus brief, and as the Supreme Court found today, the rivers in question were previously considered “non-navigable”; therefore, analysis of the riverbed and the related taxation should not be based on modern practices, but those that existed at the time of statehood. We are pleased that the Supreme Court found the lower courts’ decisions to be flawed and upheld established constitutional principles.”

Last year, NFIB joined with the Montana Farm Bureau and the Cato Institute in filing an amicus brief in this case.

NFIB is the nation’s leading small-business association representing 350,000 members nationwide.


NFIB is the nation’s leading small business association, with offices in Washington, D.C., and all 50 state capitals. Founded in 1943 as a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, NFIB gives small and independent business owners a voice in shaping the public policy issues that affect their business. NFIB’s powerful network of grassroots activists send their views directly to state and federal lawmakers through our unique member-only ballot, thus playing a critical role in supporting America’s free enterprise system. NFIB’s mission is to promote and protect the right of our members to own, operate and grow their businesses. More information is available online at

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