Tag: property rights

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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Nevada Responds to Kelo with PISTOL

Posted on Dec 4, 2008 in News & Events

Thanks to Alan Ackerman for bringing to our attention on his blog the Las Vegas Review-Journal editorial below commenting on the successful ballot initiative proposed by Owners’ Counsel of America Member, Kermitt L. Waters, Las Vegas, Nevada. Kermitt L. Waters and the attorneys at The Law Offices of Kermitt L. Waters have a combined 70 years experience defending Nevada landowners against eminent domain.

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2008 Brigham-Kanner Property Rights Conference

Posted on Oct 31, 2008 in News & Events

The fifth annual Brigham-Kanner Property Rights Conference and presentation of the 2008 Brigham-Kanner Property Rights Prize was held the weekend of October 17th at the College of William & Mary Law School in Williamsburg, Virginia. The 2008 Brigham-Kanner Property Rights Prize was presented to Professor Robert C. Ellickson, the Walter E. Meyer Professor of Property and Urban Law at Yale Law School, during a candle lit dinner in the historic Sir Christopher Wren Building – America’s oldest academic building.

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Michigan Appeals Court uses “Absurd Results Rule”

Posted on Aug 21, 2008 in News & Events

DETROIT, MI — The Detroit News published a story recently regarding a Michigan Court of Appeals decision in favor of a private landowner. The appellate decision upheld in part a lower court ruling that the Detroit International Bridge Company did not have the right to condemn private property for access improvements. The three-judge panel ruled that MDOT did not intend to transfer its power of eminent domain to the private company via its agreement with the bridge company. Both courts ruled that only the government may utilize condemnation.

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Appeals Court Victory for Long Branch Homeowners

Posted on Aug 8, 2008 in News & Events

TRENTON, NJ (August 7, 2008) — A three judge panel of the New Jersey Appellate Division entered an opinion in favor of Long Branch homeowners reversing a previous decision in the Superior Court and remanding the matter back to the lower court for rehearing.

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New Support for Property Owner in Music Row Eminent Domain Case

Posted on Aug 4, 2008 in News & Events

Since 2000, Nashville’s Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency has unsuccessfully attempted to negotiate the purchase of property owned by Joy Ford at 23 Music Circle East, Nashville. Because Ford has refused to sell to MDHA, the Authority has indicated that it will use eminent domain to seize her property. However, Ford has gained a new ally in the National Federation of Independent Businesses. NFIB announced last week that it will defend Ford “every step of the way” against MDHA.

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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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