eminent domain law

We recently had a significant victory in a large tax appeal case in Allegheny County, PA.  The property included 2 office buildings that were being transitioned from a single tenant to a multi-tenant property. There were 2 years under appeal and, prior to our challenge, the assessed fair market value was $49 million.  Our appraised

A part of California’s statutory eminent domain law has been declared unconstitutional. The Third Appellate District Court of Appeal ruled in Property Reserve, Inc. v. Super. Ct. of San Joaquin County that pre-condemnation entry statues violate California’s version of the US Fifth Amendment’s taking clause – Article I, Section 19 of the California Constitution. This

The Pennsylvania Eminent Code currently provides for reimbursement of up to $4,000 for “reasonable expenses actually incurred for appraisal, attorney and engineering fees.”  A recently introduced bill would amend that section to provide for reimbursement of up to $4,000 “per property.”  It would also limit the reimbursement to $1,000 “where the taking is for an

A bill seeking to repeal some eminent domain powers is being considered by the Montana Legislature.  The Montana Senate Energy and Telecommunications Committee recently approved Senate Bill 180 which would repeal the explicit grant of authority to a public utility or a developer to exercise the power of eminent domain that comes with a

The New Jersey Appellate Division recently held “that a condemning authority is not obligated under N.J.S.A. 20:3-6 to negotiate with the assignee of a mortgagee which has obtained a final judgment of foreclosure on the subject property.” In Borough of Merchantville v. Malik & Son, LLC, a lien holder appealed from a trial court’s order

According to the firm RealtyTrac, national foreclosure filings fell to a six-year low in January. The report states that foreclosures dropped 7 percent in January from December 2012, with foreclosure activity down 28 percent from January 2012. It further found that U.S. bank repossessions dropped 5 percent from the previous month and were down 24

The Appraisal Foundation, a national non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of professional valuation and protecting the public trust, has released two new pamphlets benefitting consumers and lenders. According to the Foundation, A Guide to Understanding a Residential Appraisal was developed specifically for consumers. This pamphlet is intended to provide consumers an overview of the

The U.S. Supreme Court recently heard oral argument a property owner’s claim that the denial of a permit to develop his land constituted an unconstitutional taking of his property. The Court seemed skeptical of the claim. As the National Law Journal reported, Justice Antonin Scalia asked the landowner’s counsel, "What has been taken?" This case

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court released its unanimous opinion in Arkansas Game and Fish Commission v. United States. In that case, the property owner alleged that a taking occurred when government actions caused flooding on its property. The opinion states, “We rule today, simply and only, that government induced flooding temporary in duration gains no