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February 7th, 2013 — In News & Events

Owners’ Counsel of America Welcomes New Members

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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

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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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January 24th, 2013 — In News & Events

In Miami Beach with the American Law Institute Eminent Domain & Land Valuation Course

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We are in Miami Beach this week with eminent domain and land use attorneys, appraisers, engineers and other related professionals from across the country attending the American Law Institute (ALI) Eminent Domain & Land Valuation Litigation Course. As it has been for the last 30 years, the panelists are excellent and the topics both interesting and relevant.

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January 7th, 2013 — In News & Events

OCA Joins Coalition of Property Rights Advocates as Amicus in Support of Property Owner Seeking Supreme Court Review in Kelo-like Eminent Domain Case

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A coalition of property rights advocates including the Owners’ Counsel of America, National Federation of Independent Business Small Business Legal Center, CATO Instiutute, and noted law professors James Ely, David Callies, Todd Zywicki, Randy Barnett, Eric Claeys, and D. Benjamin Barros, has filed an amicus curiae brief in support of the Petition for Certiorari filed by the Pacific Legal Foundation in Ilagan v. Ungacta, No. 12-723 (cert. petition filed Dec. 7, 2012).

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November 29th, 2012 — In News & Events

OCA Amicus Brief: Property Rights Are Civil Rights Deserving the Highest Constitutional Protections

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The Owners’ Counsel of America (OCA) filed an amicus curiae brief in support of the landowner in Koontz v. St. Johns River Water Management District, No. 11-1447 (cert. granted October 5, 2012) urging the United States Supreme Court to reverse a Florida Supreme Court decision which found that the local government agency need not comply with two landmark U.S. Supreme Court property rights decisions when demanding money or other “exactions” in return for granting property owners permission to develop their land.

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November 28th, 2012 — In News & Events

OCA Supports Florida Landowner as Amicus in Supreme Court Property Rights Case

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The Owners’ Counsel of America (OCA) filed an amicus curiae brief in support of the landowner in Koontz v. St. Johns River Water Management District (11-1447) urging the United States Supreme Court to reverse a Florida Supreme Court decision which found that the local government agency need not comply with two landmark U.S. Supreme Court property rights decisions when demanding money or other “exactions” in return for granting property owners permission to develop their land.

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November 5th, 2012 — In News & Events

Eminent Domain is Question 1 on Election Day in Virginia

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Tomorrow when Virginians go to the polls Commonwealth voters will have an opportunity to not only cast their vote for the many candidates running for political office but also for a constitutional amendment relating to eminent domain.

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October 31st, 2012 — In News & Events

Inaugural Volume of the Brigham-Kanner Property Rights Conference Journal Published

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The William & Mary Law School Property Rights Project recently announced the publication of the inaugural volume of the Brigham-Kanner Property Rights Conference Journal. This inaugural volume of the Journal reflects upon the 2011 Brigham-Kanner Property Rights Conference which was held in Beijing, China during which the Brigham-Kanner Price was bestowed upon Justice sandra Day O’Connor.

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October 31st, 2012 — In News & Events

The William & Mary Property Rights Project Launches The Brigham-Kanner Property Rights Conference Journal

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The William & Mary Property Rights Project recently announced the publication of the inaugural volume of the Brigham-Kanner Property Rights Conference Journal. The Brigham-Kanner Property Rights Conference Journal, named in honor of Owners’ Counsel Members Toby Prince Brigham and Gideon Kanner or their lifetime contributions to private property rights, their efforts to advance the constitutional protection of property, and their accomplishments in preserving the important role that private property plays in protecting individual and civil rights.

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October 19th, 2012 — In News & Events

Eminent Domain Match-Up: Burger King over North Kansas City

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North Kansas City is suffering from what one reporter has referred to as “legal heartburn” after a Clay County (Missouri) Circuit Judge found that the City of North Kansas City did not have the power to condemn a Burger King restaurant in an area the City wishes to redevelop.

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