Marzulla Law Legal Report - November 2011

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In This Issue:

- No Good Deed Goes Unpunished - Efforts to Settle One Case Lead to Another

The U.S. Court of Federal Claims recently found the federal government liable for breach of contract under which, in exchange for the Landowners' grant of a right-of-way, the Government would construct a $1.7 million paved road over private industrial land located in East Otay Mesa (Southern California) on the border with Mexico. For years, the Landowners and the U.S. Border Patrol had wrangled over whether Border Patrol agents had the right to continuously cross the parcel as they patrolled the border, and the contract had been seen as a great step forward in resolving their dispute. The concept of the contract was that the Border Patrol would stay on the paved road (rather than cutting across the property), and the Landowners would have a paved road to access and develop the valuable commercial property....

- Testimonial

"In my work with the Marzulla firm I was impressed with the dedication of the entire staff, their attention to every detail of the trial preparation,....."

- Expert Witness: Randy A. Tagg

Randy A. Tagg is a real estate appraiser from southern California who was an expert witness for Marzulla Law in the case of Otay Mesa Property, LP v. United States. Regarding the trial, Randy was generous with his praise of the Marzulla team....

- Spotlight: U.S. Court Of Federal Claims

While most Americans are aware of the existence and role of U.S. district courts, circuit courts, and the U.S. Supreme Court, few are very aware of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims and its role in protecting the Constitutional rights of citizens and keeping government powers in check....

- About Marzulla Law

Marzulla Law, LLC is a Washington D.C.-based law firm. Nancie G. Marzulla and Roger J. Marzulla help property owners get paid just compensation when the Government takes their property through inverse condemnation...

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