JUST COMPENSATION

"... nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation."

U.S. CONSTITUTION, AMENDMENT V

The Fifth Amendment's guarantee ''that private property shall not be taken for a public use without just compensation was designed to bar Government from forcing some people alone to bear public burdens which, in all fairness and justice, should be borne by the public as a whole.''/1

The just compensation required by the Constitution is that which constitutes ''a full and perfect equivalent for the property taken.''/2

1/Armstrong v. United States, 364 U.S. 40, 49 (1960);
2/Monongahela Navigation Co. v. United States, 148 U.S. 312, 326 (1893).

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