The New Jersey Supreme Court heard arguments Monday in a tempestuous case challenging the right of a municipality to acquire land, without following eminent domain procedure or paying compensation, through actions that make it unusable to the owners.

In Klummp v. Borough of Avalon, A-49-09, a trial judge found and an appeals court agreed that an inverse condemnation of beach property resulted from Avalon’s passing of shore-protection regulations after a 1962 Nor’easter leveled the house once standing there.

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