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September 12th, 2013 — In News & Events

Missouri Supreme Court Unanimously Upholds $2.1 Million Eminent Domain Judgment for Property Owned by Family for 106 Years

Yesterday, in St. Louis Cnty v River Bend Estates Homeowners’ Ass’n, No. SC92470 (Sep. 10, 2013), the Missouri Supreme Court unanimously upheld the constitutionality of Missouri’s Heritage Value Statute,§§ 523.001(2) and 523.061 RSMo, that awards certain property owners a 50% increase over the fair market value of their property when the property is taken by eminent domain.

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September 3rd, 2013 — In News & Events

Owners’ Counsel of America Files Amicus Brief in Support of Georgia Landowner in Eminent Domain Case on Appeal to the Supreme Court of Georgia

The Owners’ Counsel of America has filed an amicus curiae brief in support of the landowner in Dillard Land Investments, LLC v. Fulton County, Georgia (No. S13C1582) urging the Supreme Court of the State of Georgia to grant certiorari review and correct the decision by the Georgia Court of Appeals, which permits an improper use of eminent domain power and is grossly unfair to Georgia landowners.

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August 20th, 2013 — In News & Events

New York Eminent Domain Attorney and Owners’ Counsel Representative, Michael Rikon, to Participate at Annual Property Rights Conference

The Owners’ Counsel of America is pleased to announce that Manhattan-based condemnation lawyer, Michael Rikon, has been invited to speak at the 10th Annual Brigham-Kanner Property Rights Conference in Williamsburg, Virginia, October 17-18, 2013. Mr. Rikon, a partner at Goldstein, Rikon, Rikon & Houghton, P.C. and the New York member of Owners’ Counsel of America, will take part in a round-table discussion regarding the impact of recent U.S. Supreme Court property rights decisions.

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July 26th, 2013 — In News & Events

Dillard’s Eminent Domain Battle Heating Up in Colorado

An eminent domain battle has been brewing in Longmont, Colorado regarding a proposed $80 million redevelopment plan for Twin Peaks Mall, an indoor shopping mall. The players include the Longmont Urban Renewal Authority (LURA), mall owner NewMark Merrill Mountain States, and Dillard’s, Inc. an upscale national retailer, mall anchor and landowner. Negotiations over the specifics of the redevelopment project began last year between NewMark Merrill and Dillard’s but fizzled in April when the two sides could not find common ground.

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July 18th, 2013 — In News & Events

North Carolina Eminent Domain Settlement: Largest in NCDOT History

Recently, with just two weeks remaining before trial, OCA North Carolina attorney-members George B. Autry, Jr. and Stephanie Hutchins Autry facilitated, on behalf of their landowner client, the settlement of an eminent domain matter pending in Charlotte (Mecklenburg County) with the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT).

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July 12th, 2013 — In News & Events

Appellate Victory for New Orleans Landowners in Determining Just Compensation Following Expropriation

Last month, a Louisiana appellate court upheld the 2012 decision of an Orleans Parish jury awarding $9,566,640 million in just compensation to the owners of the former Grand Palace Hotel building at 1732 Canal St. in New Orleans. The jury’s verdict represented more than double the $4.5 million value the state assigned to the property.

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June 25th, 2013 — In News & Events

SCOTUS Confirms Property Rights Are Civil Rights Deserving the Highest Constitutional Protections in Koontz v. St. Johns River Water Mgmt Dist

The Supreme Court issued its decision today in Koontz v. St. Johns River Water Mgmt District, No. 11-1447 (cert. granted Oct. 5, 2012), holding that the “essential nexus” and “rough proportionality” standards established by Nollan and Dolan apply not only to exactions for land as a condition for land use permits but also to the government’s demand for money in exchange for permitting.

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June 13th, 2013 — In News & Events

Eight Owners’ Counsel of America Attorneys Recognized as “Lawyers of the Year”

OCA wishes to congratulate its 8 member-attorneys who have been recognized as 2013 “Lawyers of the Year” by The Best Lawyers in America® 2013 (Copyright 2012 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, SC). Best Lawyers®, the oldest lawyer-rating publication in the U.S., honors only a single lawyer in each practice area and designated metropolitan community as “Lawyer of the Year,” making this honor particularly significant.

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May 8th, 2013 — In News & Events

Texas Appeals Court: Property Owner Properly Pled A Valid Inverse Condemnation Claim

Recently, the Texas Court of Appeals, Third District, issued a memorandum opinion in an interlocutory appeal from a trial court’s denial of the City’s plea to the jurisdiction relating to inverse condemnation claims for flooding. (A plea to the jurisdiction challenges the court’s authority to decide a case.)

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April 25th, 2013 — In News & Events

OCA Files Amicus Brief in Support of Wyoming Landowner in “Rails-to-Trails” Takings Case Seeking SCOTUS Review

Today, the Owners’ Counsel of America (OCA) filed an amicus curiae brief in support of the landowner in Marvin M. Brandt Revocable Trust v. United States (12-1173) urging the United States Supreme Court to review a Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals decision in United States v. Brandt, 2012 WL 3935613 (C.A.10 (Wyo.)) which erroneously found that the federal government retained an “implied reversionary interest” in railroad rights of way granted under an 1875 Congressional Act.

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