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California’s Precondemnation Right of Entry Statutes Upheld — With a Slight Judicial Tweak

For the last two-plus years, we have been waiting for guidance from the California Supreme Court on whether public agencies could utilize the statutory “right of entry” procedure to gain access to private property to conduct...more

Not Just About the Money

Early intervention by property owner counsel can sometimes result in convincing condemning authorities to alter either their project or the rights sought to prevent catastrophic consequences to the owner and massive just...more

Eminent Domain in California – What You Should Know and What You Can Do BEFORE the Government Comes to Take Your Property

Public development and infrastructure projects are on the rise in California. This is a good thing for the economy. InfrastructureBut it also means that private property will often be needed to complete these projects. Public...more

Hospice Requests Supreme Court Review of Medicare Hospice Annual Cap

On June 8, 2016, Southeast Arkansas Hospice, Inc. (SEARK) filed a petition for a writ of certiorari to the Supreme Court to review an Eighth Circuit decision that upheld the annual Medicare payment cap for hospice services. ...more

Defeated North Carolina Class Action Ultimately Results in Victory for Landowners – NCDOT Loses Map Act Fight

What began several years ago as a defeated attempt at a class action against the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) ultimately resulted in a win this month for plaintiff landowners in Kirby v. NCDOT (No....more

Oakland County Road Commission Filing Suits for Maple/Orchard Lake Roundabout

Recently, the Oakland County Road Commission has been filing suits involving properties on Orchard Lake Road. The Oakland County Road Commission has a long-term plan to install multiple roundabouts in the area of Orchard...more

So the Government Wants Your Property: Answers to 10 of the Most Common Landowner Questions

If the government is seeking to take your property, it’s important to ensure you receive fair treatment and compensation. Read on for an outline of what to expect and tips to protect yourself during the condemnation process....more

International Transmission Company active in Shelby Township

As part of its continuing efforts to expand its vegetation management rights, International Transmission Company or ITC is contacting property owners in Shelby Township seeking new expanded easements. Following the 2004...more

NCDOT’s Use of Map Act Was a Taking Subject to Just Compensation

On June 10, 2016, the Supreme Court of North Carolina, in Kirby, et al., v. North Carolina Department of Transportation, Highwayissued a unanimous ruling affirming the decision of the intermediate Court of Appeals that the...more

Ghostbusters, Compensation and Compliance

This summer heralds a remake of one of the most iconic movies of recent vintage, I refer, of course, to Ghostbusters. After all, ‘who ya gonna call? Unlike the original movie and its sequel which starred Bill Murray, Dan...more

When Can You Recover Attorneys' Fees in Eminent Domain Litigation?

Beyond the ultimate award of just compensation, the opportunity for/risk of landowner fee recovery in condemnation actions is an important issue to evaluate early on. Attorney fees can, and oftentimes do, exceed awards of...more

City of Perris v. Stamper Oral Arguments Are Next Week

If you are an eminent domain junkie like us, then you will appreciate knowing that the City of Perris v. Stamper case (S213468) will be heard by the California Supreme Court on May 5, 2016, at 9:00 a.m. in San Francisco. As a...more

Homeowners Cannot Recover for Blocked Views of Hollywood Sign

One of the most valuable assets many homeowners enjoy is their property’s view. If the government undertakes an activity that eliminates or obstructs that view, is an owner entitled to relief? In Boxer v. City of Beverly...more

Impairment of Views From (or to) Private Property Does Not Constitute a Taking Requiring the Payment of Just Compensation

On April 26, 2016, in Boxer v. City of Beverly Hills (Case No.B258459), the Second District Court of Appeal roundly rejecting a takings lawsuit premised on alleged impairment of private views and speculative risk of fire...more

U.S. Supreme Court to Decide "Critical Question" in Eminent Domain

This summer, the U.S. Supreme Court will decide a critical question that will determine whether some landowners will receive compensation from regulations that restrict the uses of their land. The case, Murr v. Wisconsin, may...more

Texas Supreme Court: Improper Application of Project-Influence Rule Resulted in Harmful Error

The Texas Constitution provides that “[n]o person’s property shall be taken, damaged or destroyed for or applied to public use without adequate compensation being made.” Tex. Const. art. I, § 17. The Texas Supreme Court has...more

Eighth Circuit Rejects Hospice’s Fifth Amendment Plea

But not the Fifth Amendment plea you’re thinking of. It was the takings clause, not the self-incrimination clause, that Southeast Arkansas Hospice (SAH) was pleading. And the Eighth Circuit wasn’t buying it....more

Government Inaction May Give Rise to Claim for Condemnation Compensation

In a case of first impression in Maryland, the Court of Appeals, Maryland’s highest court, (the “Court”) held on January 22, 2016, that as a preliminary and procedural matter, government failure to act may give rise to a...more

Regulatory Takings Cases and the Relevant Parcel: Murr v. Wisconsin

This summer, in Murr v. Wisconsin, the United States Supreme Court will make an important decision on property rights and regulatory takings under the Takings Clause of the Fifth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. At issue...more

Sixth Circuit Reverses Dismissal, Under First-to-File Rule, of Action Brought by Putative Class Members of Earlier-Filed Class...

Last week, in Baatz v. Columbia Gas Transmission LLC, No. 15-3208, 2016 WL 731900 (6th Cir. 2016), a panel of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed the dismissal of a lawsuit brought by a group of landowners in Medina,...more

Maryland Court of Appeals Opens Door to New Class of Inverse Condemnation Claims

A property owner states a valid claim for inverse condemnation where the owner alleges that its property was taken by the government's failure to act in the face of an affirmative duty to act, the Maryland Court of Appeals...more

Pro Golf Caddies’ “Bib Claims” Against PGA Scored A Triple Bogey

According to an ESPN analyst, the PGA Tour “treats its caddies like outside dogs.” In apparent sympathy with the caddies’ plight, Judge Vince Chhabria of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California cited...more

Wage Suppression Antitrust Class Allegations Against Oracle Dismissed As Untimely

A 2009 Department of Justice (“DOJ”) investigation of the employment and recruitment practices of a number of Silicon Valley technology companies resulted in DOJ lawsuits against seven companies, followed by consent decrees...more

MPSC Approved Wolverine Pipe Line Project in Wayne and Washtenaw Counties

Wolverine Pipe Line Company received the administrative approval that is a prerequisite to it acquiring necessary property rights and constructing its project. On June 17, 2015, Wolverine Pipe Line Company filed anApplication...more

Possible Chicanery by DTE On Milford Bypass Loop Pipeline?

Has DTE withheld distribution of complete easements, including the exhibit containing the legal description of the encumbered property, in an attempt to hide the true impacts of the easements from homeowners? Last night, I...more

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