The New Jersey Supreme Court will hear arguments in a case that takes on new significance in the wake of Superstorm Sandy.
The justices will consider a $375,000 judgment awarded to a Long Beach Island couple who claimed dunes created by a beach replenishment project blocked their ocean view.
Harvey and Phyllis Karan argued in 2011 the work lowered the value of their $1.9 million property by $500,000.
An expert for the town testified that the couple should be compensated $300 because they were benefiting from the protection afforded by the dune.
An appeals court upheld the award.
New Jersey’s highest court will consider whether such awards are excessive.