Yearly Archives: 2013

April 16th, 2013 — In News & Events

New Journal of Law and Courts Debuts with a Discussion of the Link Between SCOTUS Takings Jurisprudence and Ideology

The University of Chicago Press and the Law and Courts Section of the American Political Science Association has published the inaugural volume of the new Journal of Law and Courts (JLC). The JLC is an interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed journal covering a wide-range of topics devoted to the examination of legal institutions, actors, processes and policy.

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April 10th, 2013 — In News & Events

10th Annual Brigham-Kanner Property Rights Prize Recipient Announced: Columbia Prof. Thomas W. Merrill

William & Mary School of Law recently announced that Columbia Law School Professor Thomas W. Merrill will receive the 2013 Brigham-Kanner Property Rights Prize at the 10th annual Brigham-Kanner conference October 17-18, 2013, in Williamsburg, Virginia.

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April 3rd, 2013 — In News & Events

Alabama’s New “Jobs” Law: Two Steps Backward For Property Rights

Last month Alabama Governor Robert Bentley signed into law SB96, titled the “Major 21st Century Manufacturing Zone Act.” The law allows any Alabama city to create a “manufacturing” tax increment financing, or TIF, zone for a number of industries including automotive, aviation, medical, pharmaceutical, semiconductor, computer, electronics, energy conservation, cyber technology and biomedical but requires any municipality wishing to create a TIF zone under the law to invest at least $100 million on a site larger than 250 contiguous acres.

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March 26th, 2013 — In News & Events

Proposed Legislation Seeks to Amend New Jersey’s Redevelopment Law Limiting the Abuse of Eminent Domain

New Jersey has taken one step forward toward updating its redevelopment laws and enacting legislative protections for private property owners. Earlier this month the New Jersey Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee advanced legislation that would be the first update to the state’s eminent domain laws since the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision Kelo v. City of New London, 545 U.S. 469 (2005), in which the Court ruled that the use of eminent domain for economic development is permitted under the “public use” provision of the 5th Amendment.

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March 22nd, 2013 — In News & Events

Saint Augustine Property Owners Prevail in Bert J. Harris Appeal with Nation’s Oldest City

The Owners’ Counsel of America applauds a recent appellate victory for Florida property owners and congratulates its Florida Member, Andrew Brigham, and his clients.

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March 6th, 2013 — In News & Events

Montana Legislature May Repeal 2011 Law Giving Private Utility Companies Eminent Domain Powers

Last week the Montana Senate passed a bill repealing a 2011 law that provided the power of eminent domain to private utility companies constructing merchant transmission lines. Senate Bill 180, sponsored by Senator Debby Barrett (Rep.), passed the Senate with a vote of 28-22 and was sent to the House on February 27.

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February 28th, 2013 — In News & Events

Three New Directors Elected to Serve on OCA’s Board of Directors

The Owners’ Counsel of America has elected three accomplished eminent domain attorneys to serve on its board of directors for 2013: James D. Masterman, a shareholder in the Boston, Massachusetts office of Greenberg Traurig, LLP; Charles L. Ruffin, a shareholder in the Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC offices in Atlanta and Macon, Georgia: and Mark D. Savin, an officer at Fredrikson & Byron, P.A. in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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February 22nd, 2013 — In News & Events

North Carolina House Passes Bill to Limit Eminent Domain to Public Use Only

Last week, the North Carolina House of Representatives passed, by a vote of 110-8, House Bill 8, which seeks to limit the government’s power of eminent domain. HB 8 also passed a first reading in the NC Senate and has been referred to committee.

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February 7th, 2013 — In News & Events

Owners’ Counsel of America Welcomes New Members

The Owners’ Counsel of America welcomed two new member-attorneys in January. Anthony H. Misseldine, Esq. of Jackson White, P.C. in Mesa joined as the Arizona representative and Joseph P. Suntum, Esq. of Miller, Miller & Canby in Rockville joined as the Maryland representative of OCA. Mr. Suntum succeeds his partner, James L. Thompson, Esq., who has been named an Emeritus Member of the association.

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February 1st, 2013 — In News & Events

Owners’ Counsel of America Honors PLF Attorney, James Burling, For His Dedication to Private Property Rights

The Owners’ Counsel of America recently honored one of the country’s leading Constitutional attorneys, James S. Burling, Esq., for his commitment to protecting individual liberty, especially the right of private property ownership. For over 29 years, James Burling has battled the government on behalf of private property owners across the United States in eminent domain, land use regulation and regulatory takings challenges.

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