The Uniform Relocation Act Does Not Provide a Private Right of Action to Property Owners

more+
less-

On March 7th, a U.S. District Court sided with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on whether the Uniform Relocation Act (URA) provides private property owners with a private right of action: it does not.  The Pacific Shores Property Owners Association sued the FAA over improvements the Border Coast Regional Airport Authority is required to make to a regional airport, Del Norte County Regional Airport, also known as Jack McNamera Field.  To meet the FAA's runway safety standards, the Authority had to close roads and acquire nearby lots to make up for the wetlands lost as a result of the improvements.  Congress had previously allocated federal funds to assist local airports with the required improvements. 

Pacific Shores wanted the FAA to "administer and monitor" the Authority and its use of the federal funds pursuant to section 4655 of the URA.  However, the FAA argued, and the court agreed, that the FAA's only responsibility under that provision is to receive satisfactory assurances from the acquiring agency that the agency will be guided by the land acquisition policies in the URA.  The URA does not provide a private right of action or remedy by which property owners can hold the FAA liable for not receiving satisfactory assurances.  The court goes on to say that even if there was some violation of a federal statute, it does not automatically give that person a private cause of action.

The Court dismissed three of Pacific Shores' causes of action for inverse condemnation, CEQA violations and violations of the California Constitution saying it did not have jurisdiction over those causes of action and that they can be filed again in state court.

Written by:

more+
less-

Nossaman LLP on:

JD Supra Readers' Choice 2016 Awards
Reporters on Deadline

"My best business intelligence, in one easy email…"

Your first step to building a free, personalized, morning email brief covering pertinent authors and topics on JD Supra:

Sign up to create your digest using LinkedIn*

*By using the service, you signify your acceptance of JD Supra's Privacy Policy.

Already signed up? Log in here

*With LinkedIn, you don't need to create a separate login to manage your free JD Supra account, and we can make suggestions based on your needs and interests. We will not post anything on LinkedIn in your name. Or, sign up using your email address.
×
Loading...
×
×