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July 17th, 2014 — In News & Events

Georgia Supreme Court Victory for Private Property Owners

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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

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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”

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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February 28th, 2014 — In News & Events

Guest Post: TransCanada XL Route Through Nebraska is Ruled Unconstitional

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Today we bring you a guest post authored by OCA Nebraska member-attorney, William Blake, a partner in the Lincoln office of Nebraska law firm Baylor Evnen. Bill discusses the recent Nebraska District Court ruling which struck down a state law that allowed the Governor to approve a route for the TransCanada Keystone XL pipeline to cross the state.

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