This past term, the U.S. Supreme Court in Arkansas Game and Fish Comm'n v. United States, 133 S.Ct. 511 (2012), held that government-induced flooding could result in takings liability, even if the flooding was merely temporary. The Court remanded the case to the Federal Circuit to determine whether the flooding resulted in liability.
The Federal Circuit ordered supplemental briefing, and the parties and amici responded. Earlier this month, the court held oral arguments.
The government's counsel argued that the Supreme Court adopted a new test for temporary flood takings that looks like a hybrid Penn Central test, while the Commission's counsel argued that the Court expressly did not adopt a new test, and that temporary flooding cases are to be treated just like any other physical invasion under the existing test.
With the arguments submitted, now we wait.