[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] 8-1 Monday in Marvin M. Brandt Revocable Trust v. United States [SCOTUSblog backgrounder; JURIST op-ed] that a right of way granted under the General Railroad Right-of-Way Act of 1875 [Cornell LII backgrounder] is an easement which can be terminated by the railroad's abandonment, leaving the underlying land unburdened. The majority opinion written by Chief Justice John Roberts leaned heavily on the court's 1942 decision in Great Northern Railway Co. v....

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