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Court Clarifies Rules for Takings, Precondemnation Damages Claims

by Nossaman LLP on

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

Condemnation Risk Planning: Denial Is Not A Strategy

In the past, few Puget Sound property owners or their business tenants would have given a moment’s thought to identifying contingencies for the prospect of a condemnation. Today’s environment is very different. Sound Transit...more

U.S. Supreme Court Establishes New Test for Evaluating Property Rights Under the Takings Clause

by Holland & Knight LLP on

In Murr v. Wisconsin, No. 15-214, 2017 WL 2694699 (U.S.S.C. June 23, 2017), the U.S. Supreme Court, in a majority opinion by Justice Anthony Kennedy, addressed "one of the critical questions" in the law of regulatory takings:...more

Massachusetts Courts Issue Key Decisions Concerning Zoning and Anti-SLAPP Law

by Goulston & Storrs PC on

Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Makes it Harder to Dismiss Lawsuits by Utilizing the “Anti-SLAPP” Statute - In Blanchard v. Steward Carney Hospital, SJC-12141 (May 23, 2017) (Slip Op.) the Massachusetts Supreme...more

SCOTUS Announces New Multi-Factor Test to Determine the Relevant Parcel in Regulatory Takings Cases

by Miller Starr Regalia on

On June 23, 2017, the Supreme Court of the United States finally decided Murr v. Wisconsin, __ U.S. __ (2017) (Case No. 15-214), a case that addressed land use regulations that “merged” adjacent parcels (the first of which...more

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

Tennessee Prohibits Eminent Domain For Industrial Parks.

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Tennessee has enacted a law that will prohibit the use of eminent domain to condemn land for industrial parks. It deletes the “industrial parks” exception for takings under 29-17-102 (E), . It also provides that any property...more

Florida Changes Appraiser Licensing Law

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Florida has enacted a bill changing its appraiser licensing law. HB 927 includes changes advocated by the Appraisal Institute. The law defines an “evaluation” as a “valuation permitted by any federal financial institutions...more

Texas Considers Eminent Domain Bill

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

The Texas Senate approved an eminent domain bill intending to expand on current legislation. The bill’s author, State Senator Lois Kolkhorst, said “This bill is designed to build off of Senate Bill 18 six years later as we’ve...more

New Jersey Township’s Recently Enacted Ordinances Alleged to Violate RLUIPA

Earlier this month, Agudath Israel of America Inc. (“Agudath Israel”) sued the Township of Jackson, New Jersey (“Jackson”), challenging Jackson’s recently-enacted land use ordinances restricting schools from all but three...more

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

Mike Knapek and Steven Dimitt Provide ‘Tips for Handling a RLUIPA Lawsuit’

by Jackson Walker on

Attorneys Mike Knapek and Steven Dimitt represent churches and religious institutions in matters related to the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA). In a recent article published by the American Bar...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

The Texas Supreme Court Clarifies “Common Carrier” Status Criteria

Client Alert Takeaways Background This article is a supplement to our previous note discussing the regulatory regime for the transportation of CO2 across public and private land in the United States and the procurement of...more

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

by Nossaman LLP on

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

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

Agenda with Superficial Description Violated Brown Act but Related Land Use Initiative for a Walmart Store did not Violate...

by Miller Starr Regalia on

On January 5, 2017, the Court of Appeal for the Fourth Appellate District partially published Hernandez v. Town of Apple Valley, __ Cal.App.5th __ (2016) (Case No. E063721). The published portion of the opinion addresses...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

Value Trends of Gas Stations and Car Washes

by Nossaman LLP on

In a previous post, “What is ‘Just Compensation’ For Gas Station Acquisitions,” we explored various methods for valuing gas stations and car washes in an eminent domain action, including a recommendation by a gas station...more

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

by Nossaman LLP on

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

Judge Should Consider Constitutionality of a Dedication Requirement, Not the Jury

by Nossaman LLP on

Every year or so, a new appellate court decision comes out addressing the proper role of the judge versus the jury on some certain eminent domain issue. Most recently, a trial court, appellate court and the California Supreme...more

Landowner’s Guide to Condemnation in South Carolina - The Government Wants Your Land…What Are Your Rights?

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

Government projects to build or expand roadways, erect public buildings, and install infrastructure, such as sewer, water and electrical lines, all require land. So long as building projects meet certain requirements,...more

Enacting and Enforcing Local Ordinances to Prohibit Medical Marijuana Dispensaries – Up in Smoke?

by Miller Starr Regalia on

California’s cities and counties have a long and growing track record successfully defending challenges to their land use authority filed on behalf of medical marijuana dispensaries. These successes are largely a product of...more

Sikh Temple files suit after Oyster Bay, NY ordered it to stop work and then required SEQRA review

Guru Gobind Singh Sikh Center, Inc. (the “Temple”), on June 29, 2016 in the Eastern District of New York, sued the Town of Oyster Bay, New York, the Town Board, and several Town Officials (together, the “Defendants”) after...more

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