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The Koontz Decision; Back to Florida

In the recent landmark decision of the United States Supreme Court in Koontz v. St. Johns Water Mgmt. Dist., 133 S. Ct. 2586 (2013), the Court majority held that exactions sought by local governments, which are not rationally...more

Precondemnation "Right of Entry" Statutes Challenged as Unconstitutional Takings

For years, public agencies have utilized a statutory "right of entry" procedure to gain access to private property to conduct investigations and testing before deciding whether to move forward with a condemnation action. ...more

Contrary Legal Winds At Cape Wind - Opponents Of Offshore Wind Sue Asserting Preemption

Would you care to hazard a guess at how long it takes to bring online an offshore wind farm in the United States? At the moment, it is 12+ years and counting. A recent court filing arguing constitutional questions is...more

Fracking: A New Contact Sport

One of the more interesting developments coming from the rise in hydraulic fracturing (fracking) is the efforts by municipalities to prohibit or limit fracking in their backyards, and the ensuing debates on the...more

DISPUTE RESOLUTION - Oil & Gas Litigation - Heightened Scrutiny of Pipeline Companies' Common Carrier Status Perhaps a New Reality

Two recently-decided Texas cases illustrate that heightened scrutiny of pipeline companies' status as common carriers may be applied when landowners challenge their ability to secure easements by eminent domain. ...more

Court Affirms Authority of NJ Board of Public Utilities to Override Municipalities

Court Affirms Authority of NJ Board of Public Utilities to Override Municipalities by Dennis C. Linken on May 3, 2013 A recent State Superior Court, Appellate Division, case has affirmed the overarching authority of the...more

Virginia Supreme Court Opinion Affecting Local Government Law: September 14, 2012

On September 14, 2012, the Virginia Supreme Court issued no opinions affecting the practice of Virginia local government law. Actually, that is not true. While no opinions involved cases with local government parties,...more

Privately-Owned Utility Company Liable In Action For Inverse Condemnation

A court of appeal recently held that a privately-owned utility company may be held liable for inverse condemnation as a public entity. (Pacific Bell Telephone Company v. Southern California Edison Company (--- Cal.Rptr.3d...more

DISPUTE RESOLUTION: Implications for Pipeline Construction after Denbury

On March 2, 2012, the Texas Supreme Court issued a new opinion[1] that has reinforced and modified its landmark 2011 Denbury decision, which has particularly significant implications for the pipeline industry in Texas. At...more

Land-Use Planning and Natural Resource Rights - The Alberta Land Stewardship Act

Alberta’s new Land Stewardship Act is unique regional land-use planning legislation that affects both private and public land in the province. Significantly, the regional plans to be developed will adversely affect, amend and...more

New Mexico Supreme Court Hears Oral Argument on Domestic Wells

On Thursday, October 13, 2011, the New Mexico Supreme Court heard oral arguments in two cases challenging the state statutes on domestic wells. The cases essentially challenge the Constitutionality of several state statutes...more

Tax Injunction Act Does Not Bar a Levy Imposed on a Single Entity

On June 20, 2011, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit ruled that the federal district court for the District of Maryland has jurisdiction to adjudicate a case involving the constitutionality and validity of a...more

Supreme Court To Decide Fate Of Global Warming Litigation In American Electric Power Co. v. Connecticut

On December 6, 2010, the Supreme Court granted certiorari in American Electric Power Co. v. Connecticut, a federal nuisance case on appeal from the Second Circuit. Plaintiffs -- eight states, the City of New York and three...more

Global Warming Litigation and the Ghost of Mrs. Palsgraf

Any private entity with significant greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions could be identified in the next climate change lawsuit. Filed in 2004 by a coalition of states and land trusts, Connecticut v. American Electric Power was the...more

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