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US Supreme Court May See Lake Michigan Beach Ownership Case

Erosion affects a property rights battle over public access to Indiana’s Lake Michigan shore. (Wikimedia Commons)

A years-long dispute over the ownership of Lake Michigan’s shoreline may be headed to the U.S. Supreme Court.

The (Northwest Indiana) Times reports that Justice Elena Kagan last week approved a request from Bobbie and Don Gunderson’s attorneys to extend the deadline for seeking a U.S. Supreme Court review to Oct. 5.

The Gundersons alleged that their lakefront property should extend to the water’s edge. The Indiana Supreme Court in February ruled that the state owns the shoreline .

A petition requesting action by the U.S. Supreme Court must typically be done within 90 days of a final decision by a federal appellate court or a state court of last resort.

The high court receive! s between 7,000 to 8,000 certiorari petitions annually. The justices decided about 70 cases during the 2017-18 term.

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