Tag: just compensation

Mississippi eminent domain legislation expected to strengthen private property rights

Posted on Feb 12, 2009 in News & Events

Statutory protection for Mississippians’ private property rights appears to be on the agenda for the current legislative session. Both the Mississippi House and Senate have recently passed separate bills to restrict the use of eminent domain to direct public purpose.

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Eminent Domain Dispute Between New Jersey Towns; Property Owner Caught in the Middle

Posted on Jan 21, 2009 in News & Events

Eminent domain dispute divides neighboring towns
By DAVID PORTER | Associated Press Writer January 19, 2009

FAIRVIEW, N.J. – Bridget Tapkas is by no means the only New Jersey property owner to fight government efforts to acquire land under the state’s eminent domain laws.

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WisDOT pushes for new law to cap legal fees for eminent domain takings

Posted on Jan 15, 2009 in News & Events

DOT wants to cap legal fees for takings

by Dustin Block
Dolan Media Newswire
January 14, 2009

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation wants to make it more difficult for property owners to contest the price the state agency offers when it acquires their land for public construction projects.

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OCA Honors Hannity & Colmes for Contributions in Protecting Property Rights

Posted on Jan 5, 2009 in News & Events

On Tuesday, January 6, the Owners’ Counsel of America will present the Crystal Eagle Award to Sean Hannity & Alan Colmes, of Fox News “Hannity & Colmes,” in recognition of their contributions to protecting and promoting private property rights and exposing eminent domain abuse.

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Michigan eminent domain case ends with Road Commission owning property

Posted on Oct 13, 2008 in News & Events

The following article appeared in The Detroit News on Friday, September 12, 2008. The article does not mention that the initial offer made by the Road Commission to Mr. Awdish was $7,000. Disclosure: The property and business owner, Frank Awdish, is represented by OCA attorney, Alan Ackerman, Ackerman, Ackerman & Dynkowski, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.

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The Perils of Prior Appraisal

Posted on Sep 24, 2008 in News & Events

This article appeared in the ABA’s Probate & Property Magazine, May/June 2008 and is reprinted here with the permission of the author.

The Perils of Prior Appraisal
By Michael Rikon, Esq.

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Jaxport Opts Out of Eminent Domain Taking After Jury Verdict of $67 Million

Posted on Jul 29, 2008 in News & Events

JACKSONVILLE, FL, Jul 29, 2008 (MARKET WIRE via COMTEX) — After almost two years in litigation, the Board of the Jacksonville Port Authority (Jaxport) has decided to abandon the eminent domain taking of Keystone Coal Company’s 70-acre property on the St. Johns River.

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Property Owner Awarded $2.8M in St. Louis

Posted on Jul 29, 2008 in News & Events

A St. Louis jury recently awarded property owner Bill Simon of Alton, Illinois, $2,871,200 for the 2 acres of land he owned just north of the Edward Jones Dome in downtown St. Louis. Simon purchased the property in 1999 for $523,000 as an investment. Attorney Paul Henry explained “He bought it because the area had potential.”

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OCA’s Mission

Posted on Jul 28, 2008 in News & Events

With this our first blog post, we would like to explain our goals as an organization and what we intend to discuss in this blog. Owners’ Counsel of America (OCA) is an organization which has sought to bring together the most experienced eminent domain attorneys in the country as a resource to each other in the defense of private property ownership. OCA members stand at the forefront of property rights issues, defending our constitutional guarantee to own and enjoy real property.

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