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Valuing Underground Natural Gas Storage in Eminent Domain Proceedings

by Nossaman LLP on

In California eminent domain proceedings, a property owner is entitled to the “fair market value” of the property being acquired. Typically, fair market value is determined by analyzing comparable sales or by utilizing an...more

Leftover Land? When the Government Takes Part of Your Property, What Happens to the Rest?

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

So many questions arise when a landowner finds out that a government entity intends to condemn his or her property. When? Why? How will I get compensated? What can I do to protect my rights? There are even more uncertainties...more

Border Wall Battles - Can you fight the government’s efforts to take land for the border wall, and how much compensation can you...

Landowners along the border of the United States and Mexico may soon face fast-tracked efforts by the federal government to condemn easements and, in many cases, substantial portions of their land outright through eminent...more

Have We Seen the Last Dance for Quantitative Before Condition Goodwill Valuations?

by Nossaman LLP on

When a business is taken as a result of a public improvement, the business is entitled to seek compensation for, among other things, loss of business goodwill. Typically, this loss is calculated by measuring the business’...more

California to Consider Significant Change to Eminent Domain Law Regarding a Condemnee's Right to Recover Litigation Expenses

by Nossaman LLP on

On February 9, 2017, California Assembly Member Phillip Chen (a Republican from the 55th district) introduced Assembly Bill 408 (AB 408). AB 408 is styled as an “act to amend Section 1250.410 of the Code of Civil Procedure...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

Consumers Energy to Reconstruct Line 2800 Pipeline, a 24" Natural Gas Pipeline

by Clark Hill PLC on

Consumers will replace and partially reroute its pipeline in Saginaw, Genesee, and Oakland Counties. Consumers Energy is joining the pipeline party. In the last year, I have represented property owners in pipeline...more

UK: Drop in the ocean – Employee's invention not profitable enough for compensation

by Hogan Lovells on

The UK Court of Appeal confirmed on 18 January that an employee was not entitled to any compensation from his employer for the income generated by his patented inventions, as the returns did not amount to an “outstanding...more

Airspace Rights in Louisiana

by Liskow & Lewis on

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?

by Miller Starr Regalia on

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?

by Nossaman LLP on

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

Wolverine Pipeline Capitulates in Response to Necessity Challenge

by Clark Hill PLC on

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

Ohio Supreme Court Rules No Compensable Taking Occurred as a Result of Filming Captain America: The Winter Soldier in Downtown...

Earlier this month the Ohio Supreme Court ruled that reduced access to a downtown Cleveland parking lot did not constitute a compensable taking under the Ohio Constitution. The case arose after the City of Cleveland granted a...more

ITC Making More Good Faith Offers for Adams-Spokane Line in Macomb County

by Clark Hill PLC on

ITC is seeking expanded vegetation management rights from property owners in Washington Township. I was recently contacted by a property owner who received a good faith offer from ITC. The good faith offer seeks expanded...more

Just Compensation for Contaminated Land

by Ward and Smith, P.A. on

When a government agency or private party involuntarily takes your property (a proceeding called eminent domain or condemnation), you are entitled to receive "just compensation" for the property. In North Carolina, "just...more

Another Deadly Pipeline Explosion

by Clark Hill PLC on

A pipeline explosion in Shelby, Alabama killing one worker and sending five to the hospital. While there may be thousands of miles of pipelines throughout the country, accidents involving them are unfortunately too...more

Property Tax and Valuation TOPICS: Fall 2016

by Pullman & Comley, LLC on

October 1, 2016 Revaluations: If/When/How to Challenge Your Real Estate Property Assessment - Connecticut municipalities are required to carry out a general revaluation of all real estate within their boundaries at least...more

ITC Files Vegetation Cases in Taylor and Dearborn

by Clark Hill PLC on

ITC has filed a series of lawsuits in Wayne County Circuit Court seeking to expand its vegetation management rights on residential properties in Taylor and Dearborn. I have been retained or I am in the process of being...more

Money, Dirt and Steel: Fall 2016 Newsletter

by Williams Mullen on

Statute of Limitations for Encroachment on an Easement - Injury to easement versus removal of encroachment distinguished - In our 2014-2015 Update we reported on the decision issued by the North Carolina Court of...more

Real Estate and Land Use - August 2016 #3

Supreme Court Clarifies Valuation Rules on Potential for Future Exactions - City of Perris v. Stamper S217738 (Cal. Supreme Court, July 21, 2016) - Why it matters: The California Supreme Court reexamined the rules...more

Judge, not Jury, Must Consider the Constitutionality of a Dedication Requirement and Whether it Qualifies as a "Project Effect"

by Nossaman LLP on

One issue that can arise in eminent domain actions involving undeveloped (or under developed) property is whether the property being acquired is potentially subject to a dedication requirement. If the property’s overall...more

California Supreme Court Salvages Precondemnation Entry Statute by Reforming to Include Right to Jury

by Miller Starr Regalia on

It is not often that the California Supreme Court steps in to reform legislation that would otherwise be unconstitutional, but that’s what it did in Property Reserve, Inc. v. Superior Court (S.Ct. No. S217738), issued July...more

How to Negotiate a Right of Entry After Property Reserve

by Nossaman LLP on

Last month, the California Supreme Court’s decision in Property Reserve v. Superior Court provided long-awaited certainty for public agencies after a court of appeal determined the often-used “right of entry” statutes failed...more

California Supreme Court Addresses Intersection of City Right-of-Way Dedication Requirements and Project Influence in Valuing...

by Stoel Rives LLP on

Just compensation in condemnation has long been held to require payment that is fair to both the property owner having its property seized and the public taking it. Two of the rules that have developed in this pursuit of...more

In A Condemnation Case, The Judge – Not Jury – Decides If A Dedication Requirement Meets Constitutional Muster

by Miller Starr Regalia on

In its second major eminent domain opinion in as many months, the California Supreme Court in City of Perris v. Richard C. Stamper (S.Ct. No. S213468), issued on August 15, 2016, deals with two issues: First, is it the role...more

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