Here’s a pretty rare one: a trial court entering summary judgment on liability in favor of the property owner in a takings case. Yes, you read that right.

And to top it off, this ruling comes in a case in which the taking alleged was a police invasion and destruction of a home for the valid public purpose of apprehending a holed-up criminal, a brand of claim that has not met with a whole lot of success. See, for example, this case from the Tenth Circuit, and this case from the Supreme Court of South Carolina.

In this order, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas held the City of McKinney liable for a physical taking. The entire order is worth reading, but here are some of the highlights.

Definitely check it out.

Memorandum Opinion and Order, Baker v. City of McKinney, No. 4:21-cv-00176-ALM (E.D. Tex. Apr. 29, 2022)