A quick one (2 page, per curiam) from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit to send you into the holiday.

In Devillier v. Texas, No. 21-40750 (Nov. 12, 2022), the court summarily concluded that “the Fifth Amendment Takings Clause as applied to the states through the Fourteenth Amendment does not provide a right to action for takings against a state[.]” Slip op. at 1-2.

This is a very short opinion. Here’s the entirety of the decision (minus footnotes):

The State of Texas appeals the district court’s decision that Plaintiffs’ federal Taking Clause claims against the State may proceed in federal court. Because we hold that the Fifth Amendment Takings Clause as applied to the states through the Fourteenth Amendment does not provide a right of action for takings claims against a state,1 we VACATE the district court’s decision for want of jurisdiction and REMAND with instructions to return this case to the state courts. The Supreme Court of Texas recognizes takings claims under the federal and state constitutions,2 with differing remedies and constraints turning on the character and nature of the taking;3 nothing in this description of Texas law is intended to replace its role as the sole determinant of Texas state law.4 As such, this Court lacks jurisdiction to review these claims.

That’s it.

The district court concluded otherwise, holding property owners could sue the State of Texas in federal court for inverse condemnation under the U.S. and Texas Constitutions’ just compensation clauses. 

Devillier v. State of Texas, No. 21-40750 (5th Cir. Nov. 23, 2022) (per curiam)