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The Supreme Court Is Hearing a Case Today That Could Change How We Determine If a Property Is the Subject of a Regulatory Taking

This year the Supreme Court of the United States will hear a highly-anticipated regulatory takings case that may determine whether two legally divided, but commonly held parcels, should be considered as one parcel in a...more

Supreme Court of Texas Holds Strip-And-Gore Doctrine Does Not Make Adjacent Landowners Mandatory Parties

On Feb. 3, 2017, the Supreme Court of Texas held that adjacent landowners were not mandatory parties to a lessor’s suit against the lessee for failure to make royalty payments if the adjacent landowners had not claimed any...more

Fifth Circuit Rejects Petition For Banc Rehearing In ESA Case Markel Interests, LLC v. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

On February 13, a sharply divided U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit , by a vote of 8 to 6, rejected a petition seeking an en banc rehearing of the court’s initial decision in the case of Markel Interests, LLC, et...more

Award for Nuisance From Gas Wells Squelched

It was a bad day for the Parrs in Aruba Petroleum v. Parr. The trial court judgment was against the operator for intentional nuisance. The Parrs recovered $2.9 million for pain and suffering and mental anguish and for loss of...more

Annoyance and Discomfort Damages Resulting from Injury to Trees are Subject to the Statutory Damage Multiplier

Boundary disputes are one of the most actively litigated areas of real property law. One common category of such disputes involves the trimming of a neighbor’s tree, either to remove branches that have grown over a property...more

Airspace Rights in Louisiana

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

Louisiana Third Circuit Addresses Payment of Royalties in Situations Involving Production Under a Mineral Lease Pursuant to a...

In Gladney v. Anglo-Dutch Energy, L.L.C., the Third Circuit addressed the question of whether or not a mineral lessee must pay its lessor full lease-basis royalties for production undertaken during the effective period of a...more

SC Court of Appeals Rules No Compensable Taking - Case involved in police hostage rescue

The South Carolina Supreme Court, in Carolina Conv. Stores v. City of Spartanburg, Op. No. 27663 (S.C.Sup.Ct. filed August 31, 2016) (Shearouse Adv.Sh. No. 35 at 12), tackled the issue of whether a city’s SWAT response to a...more

Texas Supreme Court Denial of Review Could Impact / Dissuade Health-Based Tort Claims Involving Neighboring Oil and Gas Activities

On December 2, 2016, the Texas Supreme Court denied review in Cerny v. Marathon Oil Corp., leaving in place the decision of the Fourth Court of Appeals, affirming summary judgment for the defendants and finding that the...more

SC Court of Appeals Rules Not Every Government Action is a Taking - Landowners may still recover damages

The South Carolina Court of Appeals recently considered the appeal of Claude Graham and Vickie Graham against the Town of Latta, South Carolina, in the case of Graham v. Town of Latta, 789 S.E.2d 71 (S.C.Ct.App. 2016). The...more

Court rejects contractor’s mechanic’s lien because of ‘intent’

The Illinois Court of Appeals’ recent decision in AUI Construction Group, LLC v. Vaessen highlights the need for careful planning in structuring development agreements, construction contracts, and the use of an easement as...more

Third Circuit Decision Confirms Jury Decision Disallowing Deduction of Certain Post-Production Costs from Royalty Checks

On October 24, 2016, in Pollock v. Energy Corp. of Am., Nos. 15-2648 & 15-2649, 2016 WL 6156313 (3d Cir. Oct. 24, 2016), a panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit denied Energy Corporation of...more

Illinois Appellate Court Ruling Has Far-Reaching Implications for Construction Participants in Wind Energy Projects

A landmark opinion issued by the Second District Illinois Appellate Court on November 9, 2016, contains vital information for construction industry participants involved in Illinois wind energy projects. In AUI Construction...more

Expropriated Servitudes: They Aren’t Going Away Anytime Soon

The Third Circuit recently released an unpublished opinion making clear that when a pipeline company expropriates a servitude, the servitude is “perpetual,” and a Court cannot impose a term on that servitude. The Third...more

Gavel to Gavel: Shifting water courses may affect property rights

As anyone who has spent significant time near a western Oklahoma river is likely aware, our water courses tend to be shallow, with beds composed of loose, sandy soil. These characteristics make western Oklahoma rivers...more

Supreme Court of Ohio Will Not Follow Any "Rules" for Mineral Royalty Disputes

In a decision that resulted in three separate opinions, the Ohio Supreme Court in Lutz v. Chesapeake Appalachia, L.L.C., Slip Opinion No. 2016-Ohio-7549, refused to answer a question certified from a federal court regarding...more

New Enforcement by the Department of Buildings of Adjoining Property Notification Requirement

The New York City Department of Buildings ("DOB") made significant changes to the New York City Building Code (the "Code") in its 2014 version. One frequently overlooked new section is getting some recent attention and it is...more

Ohio Supreme Court Rules in Landowner Royalty Case

In a closely watched and long-awaited case with potentially sweeping industry-wide consequences, the Supreme Court of Ohio refused to adopt a default rule regarding deduction of postproduction costs from landowner royalties...more

Key Real Estate Ruling from South Carolina Supreme Court

Justices Rule on Prescriptive Easements - 2016 Case Notes: Real Estate- Introduction - The South Carolina Supreme Court clarified the law of prescriptive easements in its decision in Simmons v. Berkeley Elec....more

Oklahoma Federal Court Denies Injunctive Relief in Wind Farm Nuisance Suit

A recent decision in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma, Terra Walker et al. v. Kingfisher Wind, LLC, No. 5:14-cv-914-D, Doc. 160 (W.D. Okla. Oct. 13, 2016), could sound a death knell for nuisance...more

Trouble in Paradise: Florida Third DCA’s Opinion in Beyer v. City of Marathon Declaimed as “For The Birds”

Nestled in the center of the Florida Keys lies the City of Marathon; a tropical paradise splitting the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico. Recently, Florida’s Third DCA hatched the case of Beyer v. City of Marathon. On...more

Financing Increased Demand On Pre-Existing Services Constitutes “Additional Services”

California Court Decision Rules on Mello-Roos Community Facilities Act of 1982 - Community Facilities Districts formed by a landowner vote may be used to finance increased demand on pre-existing services, a California...more

California Recreational Immunity Statute Applies to Shield Landowner from Liability for Injuries to Off-Premises Persons Not...

The California Court of Appeal, in a case of first impression, recently held that California's "recreational immunity" statute (Cal. Civil Code §846(c)) applies to shield landowners from liability where recreational users of...more

Town and Village Greens Update October 2016

Since we last posted on common land and town and village greens, there have been new cases. Given the impact common land can have on developments, applications to register land as a town or village green are often appealed...more

A Primer on Zoning Variances in North Carolina

What is a "variance" in the zoning context? Simply, it is relief from -- or a variation of -- the application of a zoning law to a particular piece of property....more

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