Category: News & Events
June 25th, 2015 — In Articles
Property Owners’ Frequently Asked Questions About Eminent Domain
When you learn that your property may be condemned, you need information and advice as to how to proceed and what actions to take. Here are a number of common questions and answers which may be helpful, including: What is eminent domain? Who can use eminent domain? What does “public use” mean? Can eminent domain be used to take my property and give it to another private party?
April 16th, 2015 — In News & Events
Virginia Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Landowners in Eminent Domain Case: Condemnor’s Initial Appraisal is an Admission of Value
This morning the Virginia Supreme Court issued its opinion in Ramsey v. Commissioner of Highways, No. 149029, finding that the Virginia Department of Transportation’s (VDOT) initial pre-condemnation appraisal is not a confidential offer of settlement, but rather, an admission of value that should be considered as evidence at trial.
March 26th, 2015 — In News & Events
Owners’ Counsel of America Files Amicus Brief Supporting Landowner in Eminent Domain Case Before Oregon Supreme Court
The Owners’ Counsel of America (OCA) together with the Central Oregon Builders Association (COBA) and Oregonians In Action (OIA) filed an amicus brief supporting the property owner in State of Oregon v. Alderwoods (Oregon), Inc., case number S062766. The brief asks the Oregon Supreme Court to confirm a long-standing rule that owners of property directly adjacent to a highway have a right to direct access to the roadway.
March 20th, 2015 — In News & Events
Amici Brief Supporting California Property Owners in Eminent Domain Case Argues the Sky Will Not Fall if the State Follows Procedures
The Owners’ Counsel of America (OCA) and the National Federation of IndependentBusiness (NFIB) Small Business Legal Center have filed an amici curiae brief in support of Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta property and business owners in Property Reserve, Inc. v. Superior Court, case number S217738.
February 17th, 2015 — In News & Events
Owners’ Counsel of America Recognizes UH Law Professor David Callies with the 2015 Crystal Eagle Award for His Scholarship on Takings Law and Private Property Rights
In a ceremony February 7, 2015 at the Nikko Hotel in San Francisco, OCA recognized Professor David L. Callies, the Benjamin A. Kudo Professor of Law at the University of Hawai‘i William S. Richardson School of Law, for his lifetime of scholarship addressing land use, eminent domain, takings law and private property rights.
February 13th, 2015 — In News & Events
Injunction Issued to Prevent Condemnation of Property for XL Pipeline in Nebraska
The Judge of the District Court of Holt County, Nebraska issued a temporary injunction on February 12, 2015, halting Transcanada’s efforts in Nebraska to acquire easement rights for the XL pipeline through eminent domain proceedings. Transcanada had filed over one hundred proceedings in county courts along the proposed route in January, to obtain the permanent and temporary easements needed to complete the pipeline corridor.
“It Ain’t Over ‘Til It’s Over:” Nebraska Supreme Court Rules (or Maybe Not) on the Validity of the TransCanada XL Pipeline Route Approval Through Nebraska
Probably no appeal to the Nebraska Supreme Court has been watched more closely by more people than the challenge to the statutory routing process for the proposed TransCanada XL Pipeline.
Guest Post: Nebraska Supreme Court rules (or maybe not) on the validity of the approval of TransCanada XL pipeline route through Nebraska
In a lengthy and acrimonious opinion issued January 9, 2015, the Nebraska Supreme Court issued a non-decision on the constitutionality of the process for routing of the TransCanada pipeline through Nebraska. It may prove to approve the route by default. The Court’s opinion answers very little, and raises far more questions than it answers. The only thing that is clear is that not every pipeline can be granted the power of eminent domain.
December 19th, 2014 — In News & Events
OCA’s Amicus Brief Asks: Can the Most Important Evidence in an Eminent Domain Trial be Withheld From a Jury?
This week we filed an amicus curiae brief in support of Virginia Beach homeowners, James and Janet Ramsey, in Ramsey v. Commissioner of Highways, Record No. 140929 (review granted November 3, 2014), a case we previously discussed here.
November 11th, 2014 — In News & Events
Amici Brief Asks Supreme Court to Confirm that Property Rights Are Fundamental Rights Deserving Constitutional Protection
The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) Small Business Legal Center, Cato Institute, Rutherford Institute and Owners’ Counsel of America (OCA) have joined together in filing an amici brief urging the U.S. Supreme Court to grant review of the Eleventh Circuit’s decision in Kentner v. City of Sanibel, No.13-13893 (May 8, 2014) (Supreme Court Docket No. 14-404).