U.S. Supreme Court
The NFIB Legal Center filed a brief with the Supreme Court urging the court to hear a case that challenged the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ attempt to regulate private land. The Deaton family dug a drainage ditch on their Maryland property that connects to a roadside ditch in order to build a small subdivision with five houses. The Corps decided that the roadside ditch was a “navigable water” and that the adjacent land was a wetland. Therefore, the Deaton family was required to apply for a Clean Water Act permit before they could develop their property.
Status: DECIDED. Amicus brief in support of Deaton’s petition for review filed 01/29/04. Certiorari review denied by U.S. Supreme Court 04/05/04.