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

Fox Rothschild has filed a class action on behalf of the owners of approximately 1,240 properties located in Philadelphia challenging recent legislation which “adopts” an artificially high Established Predetermined Ratio (EPR) for the 2013 tax year. Significantly, while the legislation expressly recognizes that real estate tax assessment in the City has become “increasingly at variance

The US Supreme Court recently heard oral argument regarding a condemnation case which could have significant impacts. In Arkansas Fish & Game Commission v. United States, the Court is considering whether a temporary “physical invasion” of property which causes permanent harm constitutes a taking warranting the payment of just compensation. Specifically, the Court is will

One important issue for litigation experts to always consider is whether their draft reports can be obtained by another party via discovery. The rules vary by jurisdiction. Recently, the US Tax Court amended Rule 70 of its Rules of Practice & Procedure to exclude drafts of expert reports from discovery. This protection applies regardless of the form in