Tag: eminent domain/condemnation

New condemnation law blog “SchwabeBlog: Condemnation”

Posted on Sep 2, 2010 in News & Events

Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt, one of the Pacific Northwest’s leading law firms, has entered the wonderful world of law blogging. Joining us and our fellow bloggers in the areas of eminent domain, condemnation, inverse condemnation, regulatory takings and property rights in Schwabe’s Condemnation Law Blog are Schwabe attorneys Dennis Dunphy, Jill Gelineau and Jamilia Johnson.

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MN Supreme Court: Redevelopment authority need not have binding development agreement in order to condemn property

Posted on Jul 30, 2010 in News & Events

Yesterday, the Minnesota Supreme Court issued its opinion in Eagan Economic Development Authority v. U-Haul Co. of Minnesota, No. A08-767 (July 29, 2010). The state supreme court reversed a 2009 appellate court decision which invalidated a “quick-take” condemnation on the basis that the Eagan Economic Development Authority (EDA) exceeded its authority to acquire property via eminent domain as the city had not executed “a binding development agreement respecting the project.”

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US loses spot among top nations protecting private property rights

Posted on Jul 25, 2010 in News & Events

According to the 2010 Index of Economic Freedom published by The Heritage Foundation and The Wall Street Journal, 16 countries rank higher than the United States in protecting private property rights. From the report: “The United States’ economic freedom score is 78.0, making its economy the 8th freest in the 2010 Index. Its score is 2.7 points lower than last year, reflecting notable decreases in financial freedom, monetary freedom, and property rights.”

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Overdue payment for Missouri property taken by eminent domain finally paid

Posted on Jul 23, 2010 in News & Events

KMOX.com reports here that just compensation has finally been paid to St. Louis property owner Bill Simon for the 2 acre commercial property he owned in the Bottle District of downtown St. Louis. In 2005, the Land Clearance and Redevelopment Authority (LCRA) seized Mr. Simon’s land by eminent domain for the purpose of redevelopment.

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St. Louis property owner waiting for just compensation to be paid for property taken by eminent domain

Posted on Jul 22, 2010 in News & Events

In July 2008, a jury awarded Bill Simon $2,871,200, an increase of approximately $1.6 million over what he had initially been offered. (See our previous post about the case here.) The court entered a judgment against the Land Clearance and Redevelopment Authority (LCRA) requiring the city agency to pay the verdict amount plus $317,427 in pre-trial interest and $475 per day in interest thereafter.

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New Missouri law requires greater public notice concerning local government meetings on eminent domain and other issues

Posted on Jul 15, 2010 in News & Events

On Tuesday, July 13, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon signed into law Senate Bill 851 and House Bill 1444, which contain identical provisions that require local governmental bodies to provide at least four days’ public notice before meetings on eminent domain, tax increases or redevelopment plans financed with public funds can take place. Additionally, the new law prohibits voting on such items prior to allowing the public to comment on these items.

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Milwaukee VFW eminent domain battle: ‘You can’t fight city hall’

Posted on Jun 28, 2010 in News & Events

The Daily Reporter (Milwaukee, WI) posted an article June 22 by Sean Ryan detailing the VFW eminent domain case refused for review by the U. S. Supreme Court (see our previous post here). Mr. Ryan’s article ‘You can’t fight city hall’: VFW loses eminent domain battle outlines the history of the case – a near decade long battle waged by the VFW Post 2874 against the Milwaukee Redevelopment Authority over just compensation for the Post’s valuable long-term leasehold.

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Shrinking Detroit to save it: using eminent domain to downsize the city

Posted on Jun 23, 2010 in News & Events

Yesterday, blogger Karen Dybis posted her interview with eminent domain attorney Alan Ackerman on The Detroit Blog (a Time/CNN partner blog). [Disclosure: Alan Ackerman is the Michigan Member of Owners’ Counsel of America.]

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Additional links to chatter Re: SCOTUS and no taking in Stop the Beach

Posted on Jun 21, 2010 in News & Events

Below are links to additional blog posts and commentary regarding last week’s Supreme Court decision in Stop the Beach Renourishment v. Florida Department of Environmental Protection, 08-1151.

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U.S. Supreme Court will not review Wisconsin VFW eminent domain case

Posted on Jun 19, 2010 in News & Events

Following last week’s conference, the U.S. Supreme Court this morning issued an order denying certiorari review in City of Milwaukee Post No. 2874 Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States v. Redevelopment Agency of the City of Milwaukee, No. 09-1204 (cert. petition filed Apr. 2, 2010) SCOTUS online docket here.

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