California’s Constitution, like most, requires government to pay just compensation when it takes or damages private property. This has led to the development of two bodies of law — eminent domain (when government sues to acquire property or an interest in it) and inverse condemnation (when property owners sue government alleging property damage). The

On May 22, 2020, the San Diego Court of Appeal resolved a long-running battle over dredging of San Diego Bay to support Army and Navy facilities there. The dredging efforts were federal projects, but subject to California Coastal Commission review. Although the original plan was to deposit the dredging spoils on adjacent land (protecting that