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Court Declines to Vacate Environmental Assessment of Dakota Access Pipeline, Permitting Oil to Flow during Remand

On October 11, 2017, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia declined to vacate the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ (“Corps”) Environmental Assessment (“EA”) of the Dakota Access Pipeline while the agency...more

Conservation Easements: Easement Deed Fails To Satisfy Perpetuity Requirement

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

In Palmolive Building Investors, LLC v. Commissioner, 149 T.C. No. 18, the Tax Court denied a charitable contribution deduction of a donated façade easement because the easement deed failed to satisfy the perpetuity...more

ITC Implementing New Capital Project in Ann Arbor Area

by Clark Hill PLC on

I have been contacted by property owners from whom ITC is seeking right of way for a new transmission line project in Ann Arbor and Pittsfield Township ITC’s website identifies new projects that it is contemplating. One...more

Perpetual Easement or Expired Restriction? Mass. Appeals Court Weighs In

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

In its decision this week in Perry v. Aiello, the Massachusetts Appeals Court addresses an interesting question: whether a 1947 grant of easement-like rights created an affirmative easement, which can be perpetual, or a...more

Obtaining Penndot Right Of Way As A Condition To Obtain Your Hop

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

If your development projects fronts on a state road, then it is likely that you will need a Highway Occupancy Permit (“HOP”) from PennDOT. If you need a HOP from PennDOT, then it is very likely that you will need to improve...more

Fifth Circuit Issues Important Conservation Easement Decision

Last week the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit entered an important conservation easement decision reversing the decision of the Tax Court and remanding the case to decide certain issues. The conservation...more

Property Owner to Maintain Public Beach Access Over Coastal Property - California Court of Appeal Weighs in on California Coastal...

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

Under the California Coastal Act, a beachfront property owner must maintain public access over his property — and will be required to seek a Coastal Development Permit if he wishes to limit such public access, a California...more

Court Holds Temporary Injunction on Martins Beach Access Dispute Does Not Constitute a Taking

by Nossaman LLP on

The Martins Beach access dispute in San Mateo County continues to make headlines. As a quick refresher, billionaire venture capitalist Vinod Khosla purchased 90 acres of beachfront property south of Half Moon Bay, and...more

Easy Easements - Part 2

by K&L Gates LLP on

This two-part series is about four important cases that have been decided over the past year relating to the acquisition of easements. Part 1 highlighted two cases explaining key principles that can dictate whether or not an...more

Idaho Real Estate & Development Law Update: In Idaho, an Easement Owner Has the Duty to Maintain the Easement, Even if the...

by Stoel Rives LLP on

A recent case in the Idaho Supreme Court serves as a good reminder that Idaho takes a somewhat unique approach to allocating responsibility for easement maintenance. In Fletcher v. Lone Mountain Road Association, Docket No....more

Easy Easements

by K&L Gates LLP on

This two-part series is about four important cases that have been decided over the past year relating to the acquisition of easements. This Part 1 highlights two cases which explain key principles that can dictate whether or...more

Property Tax & Valuation Topics: Summer 2017

by Pullman & Comley, LLC on

Declaratory Judgment Not the Correct Remedy - Danping Li sued the Town of Woodbury with regard to the assessments of three properties she owned in that community. One of the counts of her complaint seeking a declaratory...more

NJ Court: State Can Condemn Easements For Beach Repair

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

The New Jersey Appellate Division has held that the government can condemn easements for beach projects. In that case, the DEP sought voluntary easements from the landowners as part of a dune-and-berm system spanning the...more

Crossing the line? Obtaining Building Permits for Decks in CIC’s

by Hellmuth & Johnson PLLC on

As summer gets into full swing, Minnesotans spend more time outdoors, and some community association members make plans to build or replace decks attached to their homes. In many cases, such decks extend beyond the unit...more

When does an easement benefit neighbouring land?

by Dentons on

A right of way benefits specific land. However, can a right of way also be used for the benefit of neighbouring land? This was one of the issues before the Court of Appeal in the recent case of Gore v. Naheed [2017] EWCA Civ...more

Equitable Easement Without Preexisting Use?

When a landowner whose parcel is landlocked needs to gain legal access to the property, an “equitable easement” is often the remedy of choice. An equitable easement is normally supported by preexisting use of the easement...more

Texas Supreme Court Discusses Rights Conveyed by a Mineral Lease

The recent Lightning Oil Company v. Anadarko E&P Onshore, LLC F/K/A Andarko E&P Company, LP, decision of the Texas Supreme Court, which clarified the rights and obligations of owners of the surface property and the mineral...more

Texas Subsurface Trespass Law Clarified

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

We know that in Texas the mineral owner has the right to explore for and produce the minerals. What does that leave for the surface owner? In Lightning Oil Company v. Anadarko E&P Onshore, LLC the Texas Supreme Court tells us...more

Real Property & Title Insurance Update: Week Ending May 12, 2017

by Carlton Fields on

REAL PROPERTY UPDATE: Foreclosure/Conditions Precedent: plaintiff not required to given notice under section 559.715 as condition precedent to foreclosure, and plaintiff’s default notice to borrowers pursuant to...more

Did This “Deed” Convey Fee Simple or an Easement?

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

BNSF v. Chevron Midcontinent LP et al. asked whether a 1903 deed granted BNSF’s predecessor a strip of land in fee simple absolute or only an easement. The result: BNSF holds only an easement. There’s more to the case than an...more

Adverse Possession of an Easement: Mistakes, Gates, and Fences

Just as fee title to real property can be lost by adverse possession, the same is true with easements. In a recent opinion from California’s Sixth District Court of Appeal — Vieira Enterprises, Inc. v. McCoy — the court...more

Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe’s Motion for a Preliminary Injunction Denied

On March 7, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia issued a ruling denying a motion for a preliminary injunction filed by the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe challenging an easement granted on February 8 by the U.S....more

Torts – Trail Immunity

by Low, Ball & Lynch on

Trail immunity will not protect against being hit by a stray golf ball, but it may provide certain parties with absolute immunity from resulting litigation. Miguel Leyva, et al. v. Crockett & Company, Inc. - Court...more

Property Acquisition: Five Signs of Trouble Ahead

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

As much as public agencies want infrastructure projects to go smoothly, they rarely do. Even when a project is seemingly rolling along through right of way acquisition, there are still hurdles that inevitably impact budgets...more

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

by Nossaman LLP on

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

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