BedRoc Limited v. United States
In BedRoc Limited v. United States, 541 U.S. 176 (2004), the U.S. Supreme Court held in favor of private property rights and against a claim by the federal government that sand and gravel on the property were "valuable minerals" reserved to the United States in land grants issued under the Pittman Act.
Justice John Paul Stevens wrote a dissent, joined by Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and David Souter, that was notable for its reliance on foreign law. They invoked the views of a foreign supreme court justice in order to depart from the plain meaning of a United States law.
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