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Redefining the Denominator: Supreme Court Adopts New Test in Regulatory Taking Case 

In Murr v. Wisconsin, the US Supreme Court declined to find that a landowner's riverfront property was the subject of a regulatory taking. In a 5-3 decision, the majority adopted a new test for defining the bounds of the...more

The Supreme Court Makes a Mess of Takings Law

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

On June 23, the Supreme Court finally addressed directly the frequently posed question: When considering the claimed taking of a property interest by government regulation, what is the affected property to be considered? All...more

U.S. Supreme Court: State Law Merging Lots in Common Ownership Not a Regulatory Taking

by Holland & Knight LLP on

In an interesting twist, eight members of the U.S. Supreme Court agreed on June 23, 2017, in the case of Murr v. Wisconsin, No. 15-214, that state regulations making two adjoining lots held in common ownership into a single...more

Real Property & Title Insurance Update: Week Ending June 16 & 23, 2017

by Carlton Fields on

Real Property Update - US Supreme Court - Regulatory Taking: owner of parcel A, that took title to adjacent parcel B after regulation restricting use of parcels had been passed, lost grandfather rights for both parcels...more

U.S. Supreme Court issues 5th Amendment Takings Claim Decision

by Saul Ewing LLP on

?On June 23, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a much-anticipated ruling in Murr v. Wisconsin, a takings case that may have important consequences for property owners owning multiple contiguous parcels. The Court held that...more

The Supreme Court - June 23, 2017

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Perry v. Merit Systems Protection Bd., No. 16-399: Petitioner Anthony Perry was a federal employee at the U.S. Census Bureau and in 2011, received notice he would be terminated due to spotty attendance. Perry and the Bureau...more

SCOTUS Rejects Dueling Bright Line Tests to Identify Property at Issue in Regulatory Takings Cases

by Clark Hill PLC on

The Supreme Court of the United States applied a multi-factor test to rule that a regulation prohibiting construction on an undersized lot contiguous to a second lot under common ownership was not a taking. In the broadest...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

Supreme Court Decides Murr v. Wisconsin, No. 15-214.

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

On June 23, 2017, the United States Supreme Court decided Murr v. Wisconsin, No. 15-214, holding that, in determining whether a regulatory taking has occurred under the Takings Clause of the Fifth Amendment, courts should...more

Not for the Taking: In Murr v. Wisconsin, the Supreme Court Rules that Two Lots Be Considered as a Whole

On June 23, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court held that there was no compensable taking of Petitioners’ property in Murr v. Wisconsin. Petitioners who own two adjacent lots along a waterfront in Wisconsin were not deprived of all...more

SCOTUS Decides Regulatory Takings Case

The US Supreme Court today issued its latest pronouncement on regulatory takings, Murr et. al, v. Wisconsin, et al. Justice Kennedy wrote for the Court, joined by Justices Ginsburg, Breyer, Sotomayor and Kagan. The issue was...more

More ET Rover Bungling...Or is it a Calculated Decision to Place Speed Over Safety?

by Clark Hill PLC on

ET Rover’s pipeline construction activities in Ohio for the same pipeline that is being built in Lenawee and Washtenaw Counties in Michigan result in multiple environmental and other violations, leaving some to believe that...more

Valuation Of “Different” Property In Condemnation — Does a Developed Market Exist?

When real property interests are acquired by the power of eminent domain, the owner is entitled to receive “just compensation” in the form of fair market value for the property taken....more

Non-Property Owners in Cities and Counties May Now Sue for Wasteful Government Spending - California Supreme Court Decision Widens...

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

Residents need not pay property taxes in their city or county to have standing to sue the entity for wasteful or illegal expenditures, the California Supreme Court said recently in an opinion that overturned lower court...more

California Supreme Court Hands Victory to Private Property Owners Over Public Use

by Snell & Wilmer on

In 1970 the California Supreme Court held that, under certain circumstances, private property owners impliedly dedicate their property to the public if they permit the public to use it. Gion v. City of Santa Cruz (1970) 2...more

A Prevailing Party May Now Recover Attorney’s Fees in a Vested Rights Dispute

by Jackson Walker on

Chapter 245 of the Texas Local Government Code (the “Vested Rights Statute”), provides a regulatory scheme in which developers and the public may rely upon regulations of a regulatory agency in effect at the time an initial...more

Important Changes To The Landscape Of Premises Liability Cases In Texas

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

The Texas Supreme Court in 2015 issued an opinion that should make it easier for defendants to win summary judgment in premises liability cases. In Austin v. Kroger Texas, L.P. (2015), the Court clarified that an invitee’s...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

Missouri Petroleum Storage Tank Liability to Shift From Tank Owners and Operators to Property Owners

by Lathrop Gage on

Beginning January 1, 2018, Missouri's Underground and Aboveground Petroleum Storage Tanks laws will shift environmental liability from the "owner or operator of one or more petroleum storage tanks" to the "current legal owner...more

North Carolina Adds New Protections for CAFOs Against Nuisance Lawsuits

by Freeborn & Peters LLP on

By statute, North Carolina has capped the monetary awards available for nuisance claims related to agricultural or forestry operations. The law, H.B. 467, was designed to protect hog farms and other concentrated animal...more

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Strengthens Protections For Property Owners In Landmark Civil Forfeiture Decision

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Elizabeth Young is a 72-year-old grandmother whose home and car the government sought to forfeit based on several relatively minor drug sales her adult son conducted out of the house and car. Young fought the forfeiture and...more

South Carolina County Government Must Give Taxpayers a Hearing on Property Tax Penalty Where the Taxpayer Raises County Error

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

If South Carolina property taxes are not timely paid, the county Assessor must assess a late-payment penalty. However, the county Treasurer is given authority to waive an assessed late payment penalty if a taxpayer can...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

Oregon House Passes Hidden Property Tax Increase

by Tonkon Torp LLP on

The Oregon House of Representatives just passed a bill (now headed to the Senate) that will significantly increase property taxes in some Oregon cities. House Bill 2088 allows cities to pick the method for determining a...more

Property Owners Gaining New Tools To Fight ADA Lawsuits

by Shutts & Bowen LLP on

Help may be on the way for property owners sued for alleged violations of Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”). As covered in a prior post, over the last couple of years, Florida has seen a big...more

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