Tag: eminent domain/condemnation

Owners’ Counsel of America launches new website

Posted on Feb 2, 2011 in News & Events

The Owners’ Counsel of America unveiled its redesigned website, www.ownerscounsel.com, a dynamic new site designed to connect property owners facing eminent domain, inverse condemnation, and other forms of property takings with an experienced and skilled condemnation attorney in nearly every state.

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St. Louis family business secures $5.3 from MoDOT in condemnation case

Posted on Jan 19, 2011 in News & Events

A St. Louis-based frozen food company, M & L Foods, Inc., recently secured a $5.3 million from the Missouri Department of Transportation to settle an eminent domain case that required the company give up its entire property and relocate its business. MoDOT condemned the M & L property for the construction of a new Interstate 70 Mississippi River Bridge. M & L’s attorney, Robert Denlow, explained that the settlement funds will allow M & L Foods to relocate within the city and continue operating this St. Louis-based business after more than 100 years. [Disclosure: Robert Denlow is the Missouri Member of the Owners’ Counsel of America.]

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New York Court awards $3.4 million in fees and costs to Mobil Oil in eminent domain action

Posted on Jan 6, 2011 in News & Events

New York, NY – Attorneys from the New York law firm of Goldstein, Rikon & Rikon, the only law firm in New York practicing exclusively in the area of condemnation law, recently obtained a decision of more than $3.4 million for Exxon Mobil Oil Corp. in what is believed to be the largest award made under Section 701 of New York’s Eminent Domain Procedure Law.

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Property rights: Protection for the little guy (and gal) until taken by eminent domain

Posted on Dec 20, 2010 in News & Events

Friday’s New York Post includes an article by Glenn Harlan Reynolds about the Columbia University eminent domain case and the recent Supreme Court decision to deny cert. Mr. Reynolds discusses the importance of property rights and how the term “public use” has been redefined by the courts “to include pretty much anything the government wants to do with the property.

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Hawaii ICA: Oral arguments in Leone v. County of Maui property rights case

Posted on Dec 9, 2010 in News & Events

Yesterday, eminent domain and land use attorney, Robert Thomas, live blogged the oral arguments held before the Hawaii Intermediate Court of Appeals on a closely watched takings case in Hawaii. Robert, along with his Damon Key colleagues Mark Murakami and Rebecca Copeland, provided live commentary and background while simultaneously following the arguments.

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Connecticut Bar Association: 5th Annual Property Rights Seminar this week

Posted on Dec 6, 2010 in News & Events

On Wednesday, the Connecticut Bar Association will hold the Fifth Annual Property Rights Seminar: Update on Eminent Domain and Regulatory Takings at the Connecticut Bar Association Law Center in New Britain, CT.

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Justice Sandra Day O’Connor will be honored with the 2011 Brigham-Kanner Property Rights Prize

Posted on Dec 3, 2010 in News & Events

William & Mary Law School has announced that Justice Sandra Day O’Connor will receive the 2011 Brigham-Kanner Property Rights Prize at the 8th annual Brigham-Kanner Property Rights conference, scheduled for October 14-15, 2011 in Beijing. The 2011 conference is co-sponsored by Tsinghua University School of Law and will take place during the university’s 100th anniversary celebration.

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Can TransCanada’s Keystone Pipeline take private property by eminent domain?

Posted on Nov 30, 2010 in News & Events

Utility providers such as natural gas, electric, telecommunications and water/sewer companies generally may be granted the power of eminent domain by the local, state or federal government for the purpose of constructing utility infrastructure that is considered a public purpose or having public benefit. The power of eminent domain may be bestowed upon such utility companies, whether considered private or public, by statute and often must be approved by government regulatory agencies, such as FERC in the case of pipelines and transmission projects.

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Arkansas jury awards property owners largest-ever condemnation verdict

Posted on Nov 18, 2010 in News & Events

In late August of this year, a jury in Benton County, Arkansas awarded $4.67 million to property owners as just compensation for the taking of their private property. The property totaling 19.26 acres was owned by Thomas and Judith Terrell and was taken by eminent domain in order to construct the Bella Vista Toll Facility, also known as the Bella Vista Bypass.

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OCA Attorney Edward D. McKirdy Honored as “Lawyer of the Year”

Posted on Oct 29, 2010 in News & Events

Edward D. McKirdy, OCA New Jersey Member and founding partner of McKirdy & Riskin in Morristown, NJ has been named as the “Newark Area Best Lawyers Eminent Domain and Condemnation Lawyer of the Year” for 2011 by Best Lawyers, the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession.

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