For Immediate Release
Contact: Kelly Hoffman (202)-314-2054 or Kelly.Hoffman@NFIB.org
NFIB Stands up For Property Rights in Texas
WASHINGTON, D.C., July 25, 2014 — Will Newton, state director of the National Federation of Independent Business, released the following statement in response to NFIB’s amicus brief filing with the in the case Texas v. Clear Channel Outdoor, Inc. In this case the Texas Supreme Court will have to decide whether or not a business should be compensated for a billboard when the State orders the company to remove it from the property as part of a highway expansion project. NFIB’s amicus argues that the owner should be compensated whenever government requires removal of a standing structure—especially if removal results in destruction.
“The battle over eminent domain proceedings is an issue that comes up time and again for small business owners all across the country. In this case the government is targeting Clear Channel’s bill board, but the principles underpinning the decision will impact small business owners in future eminent domain cases—including future billboard cases. It’s important to remember that small business owners invest substantial personal assets into their property and they deserve full and fair compensation if government is going to take that from them. As such, we encourage the Texas Supreme Court to uphold the Court of Appeals ruling and protect small businesses.”
The NFIB Small Business Legal Center is a 501(c)(3) organization created to protect the rights of America's small business owners by providing advisory material on legal issues and by ensuring that the voice of small business is heard in the nation's courts. The National Federation of Independent Business is the nation’s leading small business association, with offices in Washington, D.C. and all 50 state capitals.