TITLE

Irrationality and Animus in Class-of-One Equal Protection Cases

AUTHOR(S)
Araiza, William D.
PUB. DATE
May 2007
SOURCE
Ecology Law Quarterly;2007, Vol. 34 Issue 2, p493
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article discusses the U.S. Supreme Court case Village of Willowbrook v. Olech and how it illustrates equal protection clause issues. The case involved the Olech family, who filed suit after the village of Willowbrook, Illinois insisted an easement eighteen feet longer than usual across their property was required to connect them to the town water supply. The Olechs maintained the additional easement was required of them due to a previous lawsuit. The court ruled that individuals could assert an equal protection claim due to irrational or discriminatory treatment not related to race, gender, or deprivation of rights. The article discusses how the ruling affects the legal definition of animosity and ill will in other cases.
ACCESSION #
27393093

 

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