Tag: eminent domain/condemnation

North Carolina Eminent Domain Settlement: Largest in NCDOT History

Posted on Jul 18, 2013 in News & Events

Recently, with just two weeks remaining before trial, OCA North Carolina attorney-members George B. Autry, Jr. and Stephanie Hutchins Autry facilitated, on behalf of their landowner client, the settlement of an eminent domain matter pending in Charlotte (Mecklenburg County) with the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT).

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Appellate Victory for New Orleans Landowners in Determining Just Compensation Following Expropriation

Posted on Jul 12, 2013 in News & Events

Last month, a Louisiana appellate court upheld the 2012 decision of an Orleans Parish jury awarding $9,566,640 million in just compensation to the owners of the former Grand Palace Hotel building at 1732 Canal St. in New Orleans. The jury’s verdict represented more than double the $4.5 million value the state assigned to the property.

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Eight Owners’ Counsel of America Attorneys Recognized as “Lawyers of the Year”

Posted on Jun 13, 2013 in News & Events

OCA wishes to congratulate its 8 member-attorneys who have been recognized as 2013 “Lawyers of the Year” by The Best Lawyers in America® 2013 (Copyright 2012 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, SC). Best Lawyers®, the oldest lawyer-rating publication in the U.S., honors only a single lawyer in each practice area and designated metropolitan community as “Lawyer of the Year,” making this honor particularly significant.

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

Posted on Apr 16, 2013 in News & Events

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

Posted on Apr 3, 2013 in News & Events

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

Posted on Mar 26, 2013 in News & Events

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

Posted on Mar 6, 2013 in News & Events

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

Posted on Feb 28, 2013 in News & Events

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

Posted on Feb 22, 2013 in News & Events

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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Owners’ Counsel of America Welcomes New Members

Posted on Feb 7, 2013 in News & Events

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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