On June 16, 2003, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear a case that raises the issue of whether property owners generally are entitled to compensation when government environmental regulations prevent them from making any economically productive use of their property. The decision was setback for WLF, which filed a brief urging that review be granted. WLF argued that if a government wishes to prevent development of property in order to protect the local environment, it should make sure that the costs are borne by all citizens rather than by a few unlucky landowners.