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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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January 13th, 2015 — By  William G. Blake, CRE — In Articles

“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

By William G. Blake, CRE

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.

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January 12th, 2015 — By  William G. Blake, CRE — In News & Events

Guest Post: Nebraska Supreme Court rules (or maybe not) on the validity of the approval of TransCanada XL pipeline route through Nebraska

By William G. Blake, CRE

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.

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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.

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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).

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September 25th, 2014 — In News & Events

Join Us at the 11th Annual Brigham-Kanner Property Rights Conference in Williamsburg, Virginia

With the official arrival of Fall, we are reminded that the 11th Annual Brigham-Kanner Property Rights Conference is just around the corner – October 30 & 31, 2014 at William & Mary Law School, Williamsburg, Virginia. As previously announced, this year’s Brigham-Kanner Property Rights Prize will be awarded to Michael M. Berger, a partner with the Los Angeles Office of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips.

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August 26th, 2014 — In News & Events

$8.1 Million Eminent Domain Award Affirmed by New York Appellate Court

Last week, the New York Appellate Division, Second Department, affirmed a condemnation award of $7,855,200 plus interest for just compensation to Split Rock Partnership for the taking of its property. In Matter of Western Ramapo Sewer Extension Project, Index No. 2013-03693, 2014 NY Slip Op 05889, decided August 20, 2014, the appellate court held that the measure of damages must reflect the fair market value of the property in its highest and best use on the date of the taking, regardless of whether the property is being put to such use at the time of the taking.

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