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Recent Trends In Eminent Domain -- And What To Expect Next

2013 felt a bit like deja vu, as much of the year was dominated by recurring themes: redevelopment dissolution issues, headlines on the condemnation of underwater mortgages, the U.S. Supreme Court showing interest in takings,...more

Court Decision Raises Questions About Viability of Precondemnation "Right of Entry" Efforts

Last week, the Court of Appeal issued a decision that may be one of the ones we look back on as among the most significant of 2014 (at least in the world of eminent domain). For years (and certainly for the entire 20 years...more

2013 Eminent Domain Year in Review & 2014 Forecast

It's become our custom this time of year to provide our readers with an eminent domain recap from last year along with our thoughts on what to expect in 2014. 2013 felt a bit like déjà vu, as much of the year was dominated...more

“Procedural and Evidentiary Issues in Condemnation Cases: What Gets in and What Doesn’t?”

Traditional eminent domain trial work is unique. Liability, in the true sense of the word, is not at issue, and very often there is only one simple question for the jury to answer – what amount of money will adequately and...more

Cities Entitled to Pre and Post Judgment Interest for Tax Administration Fees Improperly Calculated and Withheld by County

Seven cities brought a lawsuit against a county over the calculation of a fee that the county charges for the collection and distribution of property taxes to each city. A trial court entered judgment in favor of the cities...more

On Remand from the U.S. Supreme Court, Federal Circuit Affirms Ruling that Temporary Flooding Resulted in Compensable Taking

As you may recall, last December we reported on the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Arkansas Game and Fish Commission v. United States, in which the Supreme Court held that government-induced flooding of limited duration may...more

Koontz: The latest chapter in land use permitting and takings

In a landmark environmental case, the United States Supreme Court expanded the scope of potential governmental liability for takings. In Koontz v. St. Johns River Water Mgmt. Dist, 133 S. Ct. 2586 (2013), the Court held that...more

When Projected Eminent Domain Litigation Costs Exceed the Value of the Property Acquisition

Eminent domain litigation can be expensive. Acquiring small strips of property often costs more in legal and appraisal costs than the value of the property itself. Sometimes public agencies have no choice but to condemn...more

N.J.’s Supreme Court Weighs In On Proper Measure of Damages under the Consumer Fraud Act and Interrelationship Between...

In D’Agostino v. Maldonado, 2013 WL 5476857 (Oct. 3, 2013), the New Jersey Supreme Court weighed in on whether the New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act ("CFA") could be triggered by a complex real estate deal between a purported...more

The Doctrine of Emblements: Protection for Texas Farm Lessees

Under Texas law, a lessee who plants crops on the leased property may have a right to enter the property to harvest the crops even after the termination of the lease if the doctrine of emblements is applicable. Learn more...more

CAUSE FOR DISTRESS? The remedy of distress is being abolished from 6 April 2014

WHAT IS DISTRESS? Levying Distress means "sending in the bailiffs" to seize a tenant's goods in order to recover arrears of rent. It allows a Landlord to take possession of the tenant's goods on the let premises and...more

Supreme Court Taking Another Takings Case

The Supreme Court is apparently not done with its recent interest in takings decisions. Following the decisions in Arkansas Game and Fish Commission v. United States, Horne v. Department of Agriculture, and Koontz v. St....more

Under Construction - September 2013: Arizona Court to Architect: You Have One Less Payment Tool than Your Contractor Counterparts

Architects occasionally get into payment disputes with project owners in much the same way as general contractors do. When that relationship sours, and litigation becomes necessary to secure payment, architects and...more

California High-Speed Rail - What You Need To Know

Project Overview - The California High-Speed Rail Authority (“HSR”) plans to build an 800-mile high-speed rail system stretching from San Francisco to Los Angeles/Anaheim and eventually to Sacramento and San Diego....more

The Continuing Effort to Define the Line Between Court and Jury Roles in Eminent Domain

Eminent domain attorneys struggle with a concept foreign to most civil litigators: figuring out the roles of the judge and jury. Even most non-attorneys know the basic rule of trial: the jury is the "fact-finder." But in...more

The Complexities of Mechanic’s Liens in West Virginia

West Virginia has seven "mechanic's and materialman’s lien" statutes to protect the interests of those performing or supplying construction-related work in the state. Although these statutes are interpreted by the courts to...more

So, You’re Having a Pennsylvania Mechanic’s Lien Type of Day?

(or, Can I Get My Hands on That Red Pickup?) Three months ago, the general contractor (GC) showed up driving a brand new, fire-engine-red, extended cab, turbo-charged 425-horsepower diesel dually that set him back...more

Lien on Me? A Synopsis of South Carolina Lien Law

What is a Mechanic’s Lien? In South Carolina, construction liens, called mechanic’s liens, are automatically created by statute to protect anyone “to whom a debt is due for labor performed or furnished or for materials...more

Actual Knowledge of Inaccuracy in Indiana Real Estate Disclosure Form is Actionable for Fraud

This week we focus on the recent Indiana Supreme Court decision Johnson v. Wysocki that seems to have once and for all allowed for legal action against a seller of real property for knowingly filling out a sales disclosure...more

Banks are Entitled to Recover Compensation in Condemnation Actions

Eminent domain or condemnation is the process by which the government is permitted to acquire a citizen’s private property for public use, after paying just compensation. Typically, property is acquired by the government...more

Real World - Spring 2013: Damages include fall in market

Two recent cases have highlighted circumstances in which damages for breach of contract may include loss caused by a fall in market values....more

Georgia Lien Law Revised In Favor of Contractors

Legislation signed into law this week will have meaningful impacts on contractors asserting liens against property owners for non-payment. On Tuesday, May 7, 2013, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal signed into law House Bill 434,...more

The Mechanics of Mechanics Liens

One of the most effective payment remedies for direct contractors, subcontractors and material suppliers is the mechanics lien. First conceived by Thomas Jefferson to encourage construction of the then “new” capital city of...more

Another Failed Regulatory Takings Claim Under Penn Central

We've talked in the past about just how hard it is to state a regulatory takings claim under the Supreme Court's decision in Penn Central Transportation Co. v. New York City, 438 U.S. 104. I'd go through the test and how...more

Jury Sides With Property Owner in Solano County Eminent Domain Trial

According to an article in the Daily Republic, Jury: County owes $1.24M in eminent domain dispute, Solano County and a local land owner recently completed an eminent domain trial, and the jury sided with the owner. The case,...more

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