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Ninth Circuit Rules Injury from Future Water Rights Restrictions Too Speculative for Article III Standing

On February 21, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit held that the San Luis & Delta-Mendota Water Authority and Westlands Water District (collectively, “Water Contractors”) lacked Article III standing to...more

The Texas Supreme Court Clarifies “Common Carrier” Status Criteria

Client Alert Takeaways Background This article is a supplement to our previous note discussing the regulatory regime for the transportation of CO2 across public and private land in the United States and the procurement of...more

RLUIPA Implications of Trump’s Immigration Executive Order

Earlier this month, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit upheld a district court’s issuance of a temporary restraining order prohibiting the enforcement of Executive Order 13769 – “Protecting The Nation From...more

[Event] Right of Way & Legal Strategies for Successful Project Delivery - March 8th, San Francisco, CA

Nossaman LLP and Bender Rosenthal, Inc. invite you to this complimentary afternoon seminar that will provide insight on current right of way issues affecting public agencies and utilities. Our panels of leading industry...more

Signs 4 JC Shown the Light by NH District Court

Thou shall have the right to an electronic sign? Apparently not. Just over a year ago, Hillside Baptist Church and Signs for Jesus (together, Plaintiffs or Church) filed a complaint in the District Court for New Hampshire,...more

Religious Institutions Update: February 2017

Timely Topics - A draft executive order of President Donald Trump relating to religious freedom proposes several material changes to federal law. First, it would require the executive branches to recognize a broad scope...more

Seventh Circuit Strikes Down Zoning Regulations and Age Restriction Governing Shooting Ranges

On Jan. 18, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit struck down Chicago's zoning regulations limiting shooting ranges to only a small portion of the city, as well as the city's ban on minors entering shooting...more

Rover Files Pipeline Condemnation in Federal Court

Rover has initiated one mass filing against all property owners in the United States District Court, Eastern District of Michigan. Rover Pipeline has been acquiring property rights in Washtenaw and Lenawee Counties....more

Denial of Site Plan Application to Construct a Mosque Held to Violate RLUIPA

On December 31, 2016, U.S. District Judge Michael Shipp of the District of New Jersey, authored a 57 page opinion granting partial summary judgment to plaintiffs, The Islamic Society of Basking Ridge (“Islamic Society”)...more

Nashville Islamic Center’s Religious Discrimination Claims Dismissed

A federal district court in Tennessee recently dismissed for lack of subject matter jurisdiction a claim by the Islamic Center of Nashville (ICN) lawsuit challenging a Tennessee property tax exemption law on religious freedom...more

Bare Amish Horses? It Depends.

Two Amish men have sued Auburn, Kentucky (population approx. 1,300) in a Kentucky state court over an ordinance requiring that horses wear equine diapers. The ordinance, passed in 2014, is intended to keep town streets clear...more

Trump’s Border Wall: Will Eminent Domain Be National News Again?

There has been a lot of news lately concerning President Trump’s desire to build a border wall. Many of the articles focus on the efficacy, costs and practical challenges of building the wall. But the discussions are also...more

Settlement Reached Allowing Construction of Muslim Cemetery in Dudley, MA

Following some last minute hand-wringing, nearly a year of hearings and deliberations by the Zoning Board of Appeals (“ZBA”) and accusations of religious bias, the Town of Dudley agreed to a deal that would allow a proposed...more

DOJ’s RLUIPA Claims Survive Motion to Dismiss

A federal court in Pennsylvania has denied Bensalem Township’s motion to dismiss a lawsuit brought by the United States Department of Justice challenging the Township’s denial of a use variance for a mosque. The lawsuit...more

Can Zoning Stop Property Owners from Renting?

Local governments may not rely on zoning rules to prohibit renters in multi-family housing developments. Many local governments (and residents) prefer property owners living in their communities rather than tenants. This...more

Airspace Rights in Louisiana

The old Latin maxim, cuius est solum, eius est usque ad coelom et ad inferos – “whoever’s is the soil, it is theirs all the way to Heaven and all the way to hell” – is today but a romanticized exaggeration. No longer does a...more

Has The Link Between Business Goodwill And Profits Been Severed?

When property is taken by eminent domain, the owner of a business operated on the property is entitled to compensation for any “business goodwill” lost due to the taking. Usually, “goodwill” translates into a business’s...more

A Condemnation Action is Looming — What are a Landlord’s Disclosure Obligations to Potential Lessees?

Before an eminent domain action is filed, public infrastructure projects involve years of planning, environmental approvals, design, and property negotiations. During this time, property owners and real estate agents/brokers...more

Third Circuit Upholds District Court Decision in Pennsylvania Baptist Church Sign Case

Recently, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals entered an order upholding the district court’s decision in the case of Tearpock-Martini v. Shickshinny Borough, which we reported on last summer. The case involved an...more

ITC Issues Good Faith Offers for Adams-Spokane Line in Washington Township

ITC is seeking expanded vegetation management rights from property owners in Washington Township. ITC has issued numerous good faith offers to property owners in Washington Township. The offers, which are being received...more

Agenda with Superficial Description Violated Brown Act but Related Land Use Initiative for a Walmart Store did not Violate...

On January 5, 2017, the Court of Appeal for the Fourth Appellate District partially published Hernandez v. Town of Apple Valley, __ Cal.App.5th __ (2016) (Case No. E063721). The published portion of the opinion addresses...more

Missouri Church Wins Digital Sign Appeal

The Missouri Court of Appeals has ruled that the Kansas City, Missouri, Board of Adjustment abused its discretion in failing to grant a variance to Antioch Community Church (Church) to install digital components into its...more

Wolverine Pipeline Capitulates in Response to Necessity Challenge

In return for dropping a necessity challenge, Wolverine Pipeline agreed to substantially modified easement and paid the attorney fees incurred in pursuing the challenge. As I have previously noted, greater flexibility...more

Quality Built Homes Revisited: The Court of Appeals Weighs In On Critical Issues

If you happen to work in local government, are a developer who has worked with a local government, or simply have an interest in the world of municipal water and sewer services, you are no doubt aware of the North Carolina...more

Value Trends of Gas Stations and Car Washes

In a previous post, “What is ‘Just Compensation’ For Gas Station Acquisitions,” we explored various methods for valuing gas stations and car washes in an eminent domain action, including a recommendation by a gas station...more

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