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Court Clarifies Rules for Takings, Precondemnation Damages Claims

Two of the more complicated issues eminent domain attorneys face are analyzing whether government conduct rises to the level of a taking, and whether the government engaged in precondemnation conduct that gives rise to...more

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

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

[Event] Nossaman's 2017 Southern California Eminent Domain Seminar - March 2nd, Los Angeles, CA

Nossaman LLP invites you to join us for our 2017 Southern California Eminent Domain Seminar, "Right of Way & Legal Strategies for Successful Project Delivery." This complimentary afternoon seminar will provide insight on...more

Tentative Decision Favors Private Utility Company in Takeover Bid

One of the hot issues in eminent domain these days involves the government’s efforts to take over privately-run utility companies. The argument typically is that the government — which has no profit-making motive — can run...more

New Opinion Clarifies Takings Law Regarding Affordable Housing Programs

Last year, my partner Ben Rubin reported on the California Supreme Court’s decision in California Building Industry Association v. City of San Jose, which analyzed an inclusionary housing ordinance and held that such...more

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

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

Municipal Condemnation of Privately Held Utilities Continues to be a Hot Issue, but at what Cost?

In January, I spoke at a conference in Austin about efforts by municipalities to condemn privately-held utility companies. At the time, I figured it would be a one-off presentation on a pretty niche issue, even for eminent...more

California Supreme Court Upholds Right of Entry Statutes, but "Reforms" them to Comply with Constitution

When public agencies analyze a potential public project, they often need to gain access to private property for surveys, testing, and to otherwise investigate whether a particular property is suitable for a planned project. ...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

Two San Diego Projects Moving Forward

There are two interesting projects in San Diego County that are moving forward, both of which involve at least some use of eminent domain. The San Marcos Creek Specific Plan is proceeding in, not surprisingly, San...more

Property Reserve Case Set for Oral Argument

The California Supreme Court announced today that the Property Reserve case will be heard on May 3, 2016, at 9:00 a.m. in San Francisco. (I’m assuming this is not an April Fool’s joke, since eminent domain attorneys have...more

Eminent Domain Case Analyzes Mitigation Credits as a Highest and Best Use

Eminent domain practitioners are well versed in analyzing a property’s highest and best use. Under these principles, a property being condemned is not necessarily valued based on its current, existing use....more

[Event] Nossaman's 2016 Eminent Domain Seminar - March 3rd, Costa Mesa, CA

Nossaman LLP invites you to join us for a complimentary afternoon seminar with Nossaman’s Eminent Domain attorneys alongside various industry experts. During this program, our expert panelists will provide the latest insight...more

[Events] Right of Way & Legal Strategies for Successful Project Delivery - March 1st, Oakland, CA

Nossaman LLP and Overland, Pacific & Cutler, Inc. invite you to join us for a complimentary afternoon seminar that will provide insight on taking your project from concept through construction. Our panels of leading industry...more

Eminent Domain Takes Center Stage in Republican Presidential Race

Once again, I sit at my desk wondering how all of this happened. For more than a decade, I worked as an eminent domain attorney in utter obscurity; I’m not even sure my family knew what eminent domain was. But then the City...more

Design Liability and Right of Way Risk Allocation for Design-Build Projects

Design liability and right-of-way risk allocation are topics addressed in a legal research digest recently published by the Transportation Research Board’s National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP). The report,...more

Another Twist in California’s Right of Entry Rules

Eminent domain practitioners have been waiting for nearly two years for the Supreme Court to issue its decision in Property Reserve v. Superior Court. At issue is the constitutionality of California’s “Right of Entry”...more

Government Can Be Estopped from Going Back on Precondemnation Promises

When the government promises to do one thing and then does another, it usually has myriad excuses. Sometimes it claims that its staff (the people with whom the opposing side are typically interacting) cannot bind the agency....more

Federal Highway Funds to Continue Flowing — Until October 2015

Despite efforts by Congress to finally approve a long-term highway bill that would have secured funding for key infrastructure projects for the next several years, last week Congress managed only to kick the issue down the...more

Expanding Your View of Takings Law

As an eminent domain attorney, when I think about a “takings” claim, I always think about a claim involving someone’s real property. Has the government trespassed onto private property, has it imposed regulations that deny...more

How One Misstep Resulted in a $2.5 Million Lesson

Every so often, a decision comes out that makes you stop for a second and take a breath. Generally, these decisions have two essential components: (1) they deal with a statute of limitations; and (2) they involve millions of...more

Update on Two Recent California Eminent Domain Cases

I wanted to provide a quick update on two recent cases from the California Court of Appeal. The first, Golden State Water Company v. Casitas Municipal Water District (April 14, 2015), involves what appears to be an...more

Mello-Roos May Be Used to Fund Condemnation Action of Private Utility Provider

Those of us living in newer neighborhoods are familiar with Mello-Roos – it shows up on our annual tax bills as a way to pay off bonds issued to finance various public improvements, such as schools, streets, and parks that...more

2014 Eminent Domain Year in Review & 2015 Forecast

At first it seemed 2014 had been a relatively slow year for eminent domain cases. But looking back, there was more activity than we initially recalled. There were few decisions that provided any dramatic shift in the...more

A Victory (at Least for Now) for Opponents of the Keystone Pipeline

We’ve been following the saga of the Keystone XL pipeline for a while now, and the battle rages on in Washington. Yesterday, the Republican-led Senate attempted to override President Obama’s veto of a bill to approve the...more

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