Monthly Archives: March 2012

March 28th, 2012 — In News & Events

New York’s Brief in Opposition to River Center’s Cert Petition

The state has filed its Brief in Opposition to the property owner’s Petition for Certiorari in River Center LLC v. Dormitory Auth. of the State of New York, No. 11-922 (cert. petition filed Jan. 23, 2012). This case involves one of the largest condemnations of private property in the history of New York City – the taking of the unused development rights of an entire city block located in the neighborhood of the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.

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March 25th, 2012 — In News & Events

Owners’ Counsel Welcomes Anthony Della Pelle as the New Jersey Member-Attorney

Owners’ Counsel of America welcomes Anthony F. Della Pelle, Esq., CRE of McKirdy & Riskin, P.A. in Morristown, New Jersey as the New Jersey member dedicated to representing landowners throughout the State. Mr. Della Pelle succeeds his partner, Edward D. McKirdy, Esq. who previously served as the New Jersey representative.

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March 22nd, 2012 — In News & Events

Remembering a Preeminent Condemnation Attorney, Jay S. Dushoff, Phoenix, Arizona

The Owners’ Counsel of America is greatly saddened by the death of our fellow Member and friend, Jay S.Dushoff. A nationally recognized condemnation and property rights attorney, Mr. Dushoff passed away on March 21, 2012 in Phoenix, AZ following a long battle with cancer.

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March 15th, 2012 — In News & Events

Government Restrictions on Groundwater Constitute Inverse Condemnation in New Jersey

Farmer Todd Kuehm has battled the Township of Montville for almost a decade seeking to simply use the groundwater beneath his land for irrigation. Mr. Kuehm’s 28 acre farm is located on the Towaco Aquifer which supplies water to many area residents. Despite the property’s natural water resources, Montville has prohibited Mr. Kuehm, a fourth generation New Jersey farmer, from using the groundwater to irrigate his crops.

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March 8th, 2012 — In News & Events

Arkansas Jury Awards Property Owners Just Compensation Five Times the Government’s Offer

Last week a jury in Boone County, Arkansas awarded two landowners $341,500 for private property condemned by the Ozark Mountain Regional Public Water Authority. The verdict represents an increase of more that five times the $67,000 offer made to the owners by the water authority for their 29.87 acres.

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March 6th, 2012 — In News & Events

Will National Eminent Domain Reform be a Reality in 2012?

Last week (February 28), the United States House of Representatives passed by the Private Property Rights Protection Act of 2012 (H.R. 1443), which is intended to prevent the misuse of eminent domain for economic development. The proposed bill is not a cure for eminent domain abuse.

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March 5th, 2012 — In News & Events

More Amicus Briefs Filed in Support of Property Owner in Just Compensation Case

Two other amicus briefs have been filed in support of the petitioner in River Center LLC v. Dormitory Auth. of the State of New York, No. 11-922 (cert. petition filed Jan. 23, 2012). [Disclosure: Owners’ Counsel has also filed an amicus brief in support of the petitioner, see our previous post here.]

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