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August 13th, 2014 — In News & Events

OCA & NFIB Join Forces in Support of Private Property Owners in Texas and Nationwide

In July, the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) Small Business Legal Center and Owners’ Counsel of America (OCA) joined together to file an amici curiae brief (copy embedded below) in support of the property owner in State of Texas v. Clear Channel Outdoor, Inc., case number 13-0053, urging the Texas Supreme Court to uphold the award of just compensation to a billboard owner when the land on which its billboards were located was acquired by eminent domain.

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July 17th, 2014 — In News & Events

Georgia Supreme Court Victory for Private Property Owners

Last week, the Supreme Court of Georgia issued an opinion in Dillard Land Investments, LLC v. Fulton County, Georgia, case No. S13C1582 (decided July 11, 2014) resulting in a ruling both favorable to the Petitioner-landowner and property owners across Georgia.

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June 11th, 2014 — In News & Events

Church Fights Back Against City’s Eminent Domain Suit

For nearly a year, the City of Orlando has attempted to negotiate a voluntary acquisition of property owned by a small community church in downtown Orlando, Faith Deliverance Temple. The City of Orlando wants to build a multi-million dollar sports and entertainment arena on the very spot this church stands, only a stone’s throw from the Amway Center, home of the Orlando Magic, and a mile from the Citrus Bowl.

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June 9th, 2014 — In News & Events

New Blog: “Property Rights Montana”

Owners’ Counsel of America member-attorney Hertha Lund and members of her firm, Lund Law, PLLC, have launched a new blog, “Property Rights Montana.”

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May 5th, 2014 — In News & Events

Koontz Wins Again – Unconstitutional Exactions Are Still Unconstitutional and Money Remains Private Property Deserving Constitutional Protection

Last week, Florida’s Fifth District Court of Appeal once again ruled in favor of Coy Koontz, Jr. in the case concerning his late father’s regulatory takings claim against the St. Johns River Water Management District.

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April 14th, 2014 — In News & Events

California Property Rights Attorney & Scholar Michael Berger to Receive 11th Annual Brigham-Kanner Property Rights Prize

Today William & Mary Law School and the William & Mary Property Rights Project announced that accomplished property rights lawyer, scholar, and teacher Michael M. Berger will receive the 2014 Brigham-Kanner Property Rights Prize October 30-31, 2014 at the 11th Annual Brigham-Kanner Property Rights Conference in Williamsburg, Virginia.

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April 14th, 2014 — In News & Events

Property Rights Attorney Michael Berger To Receive the 2014 Brigham-Kanner Property Rights Prize

William & Mary Law School and the William & Mary Property Rights Project announced that appellate and property rights lawyer, scholar, and teacher Michael M. Berger will receive the 2014 Brigham-Kanner Property Rights Prize October 30-31, 2014 at the 11th Annual Brigham-Kanner Property Rights Conference in Williamsburg, Virginia.

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April 11th, 2014 — In News & Events

Missoula Files Condemnation Suit to Take Privately-held Mountain Water Hoping the Second Time Will be the Charm

Last week the City of Missoula, Montana filed suit in District Court seeking “a judicial determination entitling it to acquire by eminent domain Missoula’s privately-owned water supply and distribution system” – Mountain Water Company. The City has sought to purchase the utility from its parent company, the Carlyle Group for some time, however, the City’s most recent offer of $50 million and previous offer of $65 million were both rejected.

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April 4th, 2014 — In News & Events

OCA Welcomes New Colorado Member, Jack Sperber

We are pleased to announce that Jack Sperber, Esq., a partner in the Denver office of Faegre Baker Daniels, has been selected as the Colorado representative of the Owners’ Counsel of America. Jack succeeds his former partner, Leslie Fields, Esq., who retired from the practice of law at the end of March. Leslie will continue to be affiliated with OCA as an Emeritus Member.

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March 13th, 2014 — In News & Events

SCOTUS Brandt Decision Neither Derails Owners’ Takings Claims Nor Rails-to-Trails Conversions

On Monday, March 10, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of the landowner in Marvin M. Brandt Revocable Trust v. United States, No.12-1173 (Mar. 10, 2014), a rails-to-trails takings case. Writing for the majority, Chief Justice Robert’s clarified that the government, in this case the U.S. Forest Service, can not redefine commonly understood legal principles relating to real property and simply eliminate the property rights of landowners as a means to achieve its goal of expanding the National Trails System.

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