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Eminent domain Restrictions Approved By Iowa House, Senate panels

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Legislation making it more difficult for private utilities to acquire access to private property through condemnation cleared two Iowa subcommittees.  Subcommittees in both the Iowa House and Senate approved Senate Study Bill 1276 to change the process for private companies to build underground pipelines and overhead transmission lines. The bill, according to House Government Oversight… Continue Reading

Virginia Supreme Court Permits Admission Of Condemnor Appraisal Used For Intial Offer

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The VA Supreme Court recently heard an interesting case involving facts that should be cautionary to litigants.  In that case, VDOT made an initial offer to the property owners of $246,292 based on an appraisal.  When the condemnees rejected the offer, VDOT obtained another appraisal estimating the damages at $92,127.  VDOT told the condemnees that… Continue Reading

FL. SC To Consider If Fee Award Statute Is Unconstitutional In Cases With Excessive Litigation Caused by Condemnor

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The Florida Supreme Court is considering whether a statute used to calculate attorneys’ fees in Florida eminent domain cases is unconstitutional when applied in the event of excessive litigation by the condemning authority.  The condemnor in that case is the Central Florida Expressway Authority and the jury returned a verdict valuing the property at more… Continue Reading

NYC Will Not Use Eminent Domain For Redevelopment Plans

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New York City Planning Director Carl Weisbrod recently stated that the City’s redevelopment plans won’t involve the use of eminent domain to acquire property.  The planning priorities include building more affordable housing and rezoning a five-block stretch of midtown Manhattan adjacent to Grand Central Terminal.  “I don’t see us using eminent domain in a broad… Continue Reading

$22.5 Million Victory

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You may recall a prior blog post regarding a case where we proved a “de facto” taking of a property.  A “de facto” condemnation – sometimes known as an “inverse condemnation” – occurs when a condemnor’s actions cause the equivalent of a taking before a declaration of taking is filed.  Our client was in the… Continue Reading

St. Louis Eminent Domain Protest Held

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A protest was held Sunday in North St. Louis to demonstrate against a city bill which would allow the city to condemn property in the city’s third and fifth wards.  The bill is part of attempts to encourage the new National Geospatial Agency facility construction to take place within city limits. Homeowners spoke out in… Continue Reading

Idaho Sen. Seeks To Restrict Eminent Domain Powers

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The Idaho Senate recently passed a bill which would prevent the use of the power of eminent domain to create hiking trails, bike paths or greenways. The bill, SB 1044, passed the Senate 20-13. It bans the use of condemnation “for trails, paths, greenways or other ways for walking, running, hiking, bicycling or equestrian use,… Continue Reading

$1,250,000 Award

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I recently litigated a partial taking of a truck stop outside of Harrisburg, PA.  The most significant impacts to the property were caused by the closure of one of the driveways. The condemnor claimed that the taking did not cause any damages.  We were able to prove that the taking caused significant damages to the… Continue Reading

NC Bill Seeks To Limit Eminent Domain Powers

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One of the first bills introduced in the newly convened North Carolina State Legislature seeks to limit condemnation powers.  House Bill 3, seeks to amend the North Carolina State Constitution to ban the use of eminent domain for private use.  Specifically, House Bill 3 seeks to amend N.C.G.S. 40A-3 to limit takings by “private condemnors”… Continue Reading

Artist’s Defeat of Condemnation Attracts National Attention

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About a year ago, the Philadelphia RDA condemned property owned by a nationally recognized artist. This condemnation received a great deal of local and national attention including newspaper and radio coverage (I was interviewed by one station). The property owner, James Dupree, used this property as his studio. The property was one of 17 properties… Continue Reading

Eminent Domain Considered For DC Stadium

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Two D.C. Council committees advanced legislation allowing for the use of eminent domain in the construction of a $300 million professional soccer stadium in Washington, D.C.  The bill will now go before the full council for a vote on Tuesday.  While the legislation allows for eminent domain to be used to acquire the land, Mayor-elect… Continue Reading

Hartford Takes Properties For Stadiums

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The City of Hartford has used its power of eminent domain to assemble land for a stadium.  The Hartford City Council approved a $350 million plan to build a minor league baseball stadium for the New Britain Rock Cats. However, it does not own all of the land necessary for the stadium.  The City has… Continue Reading

Eminent Domain Topic For Jon Stewart

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Jon Stewart used eminent domain debates to criticize Republicans over their support of the Keystone Pipeline in a recent Daily Show.  In his usual method, he juxtaposed statements by Republicans decrying the use of the power of eminent domain and supporting its use for the Keystone Pipeline project.  The Show’s use of this topic shows… Continue Reading

NJ Supreme Court Hears Hackensack Eminent Domain Appeal

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The city of Hackensack, N.J., has asked the NJ Supreme Court to determine whether a municipality seeking to condemn property must expressly find that the property is “blighted” in order to meet the constitutional eminent domain standard.  It seeks to overturn an Appellate Division ruling that rejected the city’s plan to condemn two properties on the… Continue Reading

PA Supreme Court Declines Eminent Domain Appeal

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The PA Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to hear an appeal in a Mercer County eminent domain case.  The case involves Mercer Area School District’s attempt to condemn property that borders school grounds to extend a parking lot and build an emergency access point.  The School Board first attempted to condemn land in 2010.  However,… Continue Reading

Ga. Supreme Court Prohibits Abandonment of Condemnation After Award By Special Master

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The Georgia Supreme Court recently ruled that a condemning authority cannot unilaterally dismiss a condemnation action after the special master has rendered an award. In Dillard Land Investments LLC v. Fulton County, 2014 Ga. LEXIS 583 (Case No. S13G1582, decided July 11, 2014), Fulton County filed a petition for condemnation for a library development project. The… Continue Reading

VT Governor Advocates Hiring Independent Appraiser For Pipeline Cases

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Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin wants the VT Department of Public Service to hire an independent property appraiser to participate in eminent domain proceedings for the Addison-Rutland Natural Gas Project. “I am concerned at the transparency and equity issues that have been raised by Vermont Gas’s negotiations with landowners,” Shumlin wrote in a letter Monday. “I… Continue Reading