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Alleged Government Inaction Did Not Amount to Inverse Condemnation and a Compensable Taking

On April 20, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit decided the case of St. Bernard Parish Government, et al., v. U.S., reversing a decision by the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. The Court of Claims had found that a...more

Five Questions to Ask Before Hiring an Appraiser for a Condemnation Case

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

A highly skilled appraiser can be a champion for a landowner whose property is being taken by a government entity. A credible, well-supported appraisal report can help you reach a favorable settlement with the government on...more

NC Supreme Court Allows Brokers’ Fair Market Value Testimony

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

The North Carolina Supreme Court has held that real estate brokers may legally testify regarding the fair market value of real property in condemnation cases. In NCDOT v. Mission Battleground Leasco, LLC, the condemnee...more

Appellate Court Affirms Our York Verdict

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

I tried a case in York County, PA involving a condemnation of the former York County Prison. My clients purchased the property in the ‘80s and were waiting for the right time to develop the property when it was taken by the...more

Court of Federal Claims Will Determine if U.S. is Liable for “Taking” Hundreds of Missouri River Properties Damaged by Severe...

Many lawsuits have been filed in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims alleging that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ (Corps) management of the Missouri River flood control system has resulted in the serious flooding of many...more

N.C. Supreme Court Holds Real Estate Brokers May Testify on the Issue of Fair Market Value

by Ward and Smith, P.A. on

In a recent opinion, the North Carolina Supreme Court expanded the possibilities of allowable testimony about a property's fair market value. In its decision in North Carolina Department of Transportation v. Mission...more

Supreme Court Poised to Overrule Requirement that Takings Claims be Filed In State Court

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

Signaling a possible sea change in takings law, the United States Supreme Court has accepted for review the Third Circuit’s decision in Rose Mary Knick v. Scott Township, Pennsylvania, 862 F.3d 310 (3d Cir. 2017), cert....more

The Reasonable Probability Increment Continues to Boost Just Compensation For Wetlands Condemnation in Galarza v. City of New York

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

Early this year, the Supreme Court of New York, Richmond County issued a comprehensive opinion in Galarza v. City of New York, 58 Misc.3d 1210(A), reaffirming and clarifying the nuances of condemnation, takings and just...more

Important New Decision Impacting Legal Issues Motions in California Inverse Condemnation Cases

by Nossaman LLP on

As any experienced California eminent domain lawyer knows, there is a unique statutory mechanism that allows parties to bring a legal issues motion to secure a court’s ruling on a litany of issues that impact compensation....more

Depositions of Pre-Condemnation Appraisers for a Right to Take Trial

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

California law requires condemning agencies to make an offer of just compensation to a property owner before adopting a resolution of necessity and initiating an eminent domain lawsuit. The offer must be provided with a...more

Podcast Episode 15 – Development Credits, Permitting, and Ripeness with Mark Miller of Pacific Legal Foundation

by Locke Lord LLP on

Locke Lord LLP’s Eminent Domain team hosts an original podcast series. In Episode 15, Mark Miller of the Pacific Legal Foundation joins us to talk about three cases that PLF is involved in presently, including the case of...more

Louisiana Supreme Court Upholds Expropriation of Commercial Venture

by Liskow & Lewis on

In a decision announced this week, the Louisiana Supreme Court ruled on the constitutionality and method of compensation for the expropriation by a governmental body of property owned by an ongoing commercial venture. In St....more

Three Considerations When Seeking Compensation for Lost Income Due to a Government Taking

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

Almost all real estate has the potential to generate income. An owner may rent out her property to commercial or residential tenants, or she might harvest and sell its natural resources, such as oil, gas, mineral deposits, or...more

Supreme Court Considers Zoning Merger Case- How does this apply in Southampton Town?

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

The stakes could not be higher; would the property yield one or two waterfront building lots? On June 23, 2017, the Supreme Court of the United States decided a case that involved the merger of two parcels of property...more

How "Highest and Best Use" Can Substantially Impact Just Compensation for Landowners

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

The taking of private property for public use is referred to as condemnation or eminent domain. While federal, state, and municipal governments may unilaterally take private property for public use, landowners are...more

State Board Attacks Snyder Enbridge Deal

by Clark Hill PLC on

Recently, the Michigan Pipeline Safety Advisory Board adopted a resolution seeking temporary closure of the Line 5 pipeline. A majority of the board members abstained from the vote, potentially for political reasons, but...more

Beware The Right Of Way Agent

by Clark Hill PLC on

Let’s face it. Sometimes right of way agents can be sleazy. Here are some tactics to avoid. I open this post with a disclaimer. All types of people can be confronted with a condemnation project. Their experience with legal...more

ITC’s Expanded Coldwater Project Implicates Special Just Compensation Issues for Farmers

by Clark Hill PLC on

ITC is adding a new phase to its Coldwater Capital Project, impacting area farmers. This post describes ITC’s capital project. I have learned that ITC is seeking to expand the project and take easements from agricultural...more

Podcast Episode 11 - Damaging Clauses with Professor Maureen "Molly" Brady

by Locke Lord LLP on

Locke Lord LLP’s Eminent Domain team hosts an original podcast series. In Episode 11, Professor Molly Brady from the University of Virginia joins us to discuss damaging clauses and her recent law review article. She has...more

Court Rejects Regulatory Takings and Pre-Condemnation Misconduct Claims Based on Airport Land Use Commission’s Reclassification of...

by Miller Starr Regalia on

In Dryden Oaks, LLC v. San Diego County Regional Airport Authority, __ Cal.App.5th __ (October 19, 2017), the Fourth District Court of Appeal published a previously unpublished opinion addressing both regulatory takings and...more

Podcast Episode 9 - Special Use Properties and the Uniform Relocation Assistance and Real Property Acquisition Policies Act of...

by Locke Lord LLP on

Locke Lord LLP’s Eminent Domain team hosts an original podcast series. In Episode 9, I share a recent presentation regarding valuation of special use properties. During that presentation, I also touched upon the little...more

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

Best Practices for Wastewater Utilities in Light of Virginia Inverse Condemnation Decision

by McGuireWoods LLP on

The Virginia Supreme Court recently expanded the potential liability of Virginia localities and public authorities for backups and overflows from sewage collection and treatment systems. The court allowed insurers who paid...more

Valuation Issues: Recovering Inseparable Damages

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

Imagine this: A local municipality has decided to expand the road behind your property. The road expansion project has many components. The number of lanes will increase from two to four. There will be a new raised median in...more

Beware of Common Insurance Company Tactics That Can Minimize Your Claim

by Howard Ankin on

Insurance companies frequently attempt to minimize or deny claims by using common tactics. Most individuals have little to no experience negotiating with insurance companies. The insurance companies know this and will use it...more

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