American Land Foundation

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Hello! Looking for the American Land Foundation's website? You’re in the right place, but some things have changed: they merged with Stewards of the Range in 2009, and they now operate as the American Stewards of Liberty – you can visit the new website by clicking here. Alternatively, you can also quickly check out other similar websites here on this page before you go.

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Founded in 1973, the Washington D.C.-based Heritage foundation is a think tank and a research and educational organization. They advocate for and promote public policies based on the principles of individual freedom, limited government, and traditional American values, among others. You can also find The Heritage Foundation on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

Library of Economics and Liberty

Created in 1999 by the Liberty Fund Inc., The Indianapolis-based Library of Economics and Liberty is focused on advancing the study of economics, the market, and liberty. Get the latest news, updates, podcasts, and other media on the website; you can also follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

National Center for Constitutional Studies

Founded in 1971, the National Center for Constitutional Studies is a constitutionalist organization that operates on two key principles: (1) the foundation of the United States was divine providence, and (2) modern politics has lost sight of the freedom formula that the Founding Fathers’ legacy provided, which the NCCS is working to restore, according to its original intent. Visit the website and find out more about publications, seminars, and the pocket constitution; you can also connect with the NCCS on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and on YouTube.

American Policy Center

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Foundation for Economic Education

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Property Rights and The American Democrat

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LETTER: Republican legislative leaders attacking private property rights

A featured letter in the Charleston Gazette Mail, addressed to the West Virginia Legislature tackles SB 508, an amendment to the Nuisance Suit Law which can have significant repercussions on the lives of the citizens of the state.

The SB-508 – An Amendment That Could Shatter Innocent Americans’ Quality of Life

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The SB-508 could shatter innocent Americans’ quality of life. The bill is an amendment to the Nuisance Suit Law that favors private industries, and it could potentially have negative repercussions on the lives of the citizens of West Virginia.

I value the calmness and stillness of my home, and I’m pretty sure you do, too. After all, why wouldn’t you? Your home is the place you come to when you get off from work; it’s the place where you spend most of your time and, in some cases, where most of your happiest memories will be created. I for one consider my house - and especially my study - as my sanctuary, where I can sit and enjoy some peace and quiet. Now, imagine if someone with an economic interest were to build a sawmill or a coal mine, or something as simple as a truck stop beside your house; the peace and quiet wouldn’t last so long with that kind of nuisance sticking around, would it?

Enter the Senate Bill 508, or SB-508 for short. This bill was introduced earlier this year in February, as an amendment to the Nuisance Suit Law (NSL). The NSL was created to allow regular citizens to protect their private property from indirect damage that would otherwise cause harm not only to their homes, but to the enjoyment of their hard-earned private property. This law would allow citizens to file lawsuits against industries or companies for damages caused indirectly by their activities. Said damages could include everything, from physical deterioration of the property, making too much noise, polluting the streets with mud or other substances (in the case of construction, this is fairly common), or being a nuisance in general to private homeowners and citizens.

The SB-508 effectively amends the NSL, making it harder for citizens to file lawsuits against companies for nuisance or indirect damage related claims. This bill amends the NSL in the following ways: by establishing criteria to prove a claim for private nuisance; defining terms; and limiting damages to situations involving personal injury or property damage. In other words, the process will be extended to include a 60-day warning to the infringing company, so that the defendant may correct the situation. After the waiting period, if the problem has not been addressed, the citizen may file a lawsuit against the company, but will also have to provide significant evidence of the nuisance. In short, the company will have 2 months to keep “doing their thing”, and if they don’t stop afterwards, they may still get away with it if the plaintiff doesn’t provide significant evidence of damages.

Now, I’m not saying that private homeowners won’t sometimes file lawsuits citing the NSL in order to acquire illegitimate damages money, or other benefits; bad people are everywhere. But the NSL was created for one very important reason: so that regular citizens could have a means of protecting their private property from unscrupulous organizations gaining economically at the expense of the community’s well-being. The basis of modern civilization revolves around private property and our right to being able to defend it. When the law-given rights of other parties allow them to trample on the private property of someone else is when the citizens of the community should start taking action to preserve what they have worked so hard to acquire.

That being said, I also must admit that there are two sides to this political coin because, according to business owners and other parties with an economic interest to pass this bill, West Virginia is one of the most difficult states to do business in. This is mostly because many projects require building over old and unused terrain, and many lawsuits citing the NSL come primarily from people who don’t want to see the fields and places where they grew up being taken over to build something else.

Anyway, it won’t make much difference to complain now, since the bill has already been approved. All that’s left is to see what will happen in the State of West Virginia, now that interested parties have more liberty to execute their business projects.

About the Author: Juan López is a freelance writer living in Venezuela, and offers all sorts of writing services to any interested parties. You may contact him at his personal email, or on Facebook.

Guides, References, & Resources

Private Property – Eminent Domain Abuse Survival Guide

Cornerstone of Liberty: Property Rights in 21st Century America

Opinion: Patents Are Private Property, Too

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