Alternative Dispute Resolution Can Help in Eminent Domain Cases

For many landowners facing the threat of eminent domain, it can feel personal. We hear all the time that our clients have lived on their land for years going back generations, that the land was bought with a significant amount money, and that our clients envisioned remaining landowners for years to come. Eminent domain, which … Continue reading “Alternative Dispute Resolution Can Help in Eminent Domain Cases”

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Illinois Landowners Lose Final Legal Battle With Township

A landowner couple in northern Illinois has run out of legal options in their fight against eminent domain.1 A water reclamation district now will be able to put a sewer line on the couple’s property in Winnebago, Illinois. The water project will close down a 1950s-era sewage treatment plant, and the district will send its … Continue reading “Illinois Landowners Lose Final Legal Battle With Township”

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North Carolina Residents Fear Losing Property to Pipeline Plans

A proposed natural gas pipeline in eastern North Carolina is drawing opposition1 from landowners. They are concerned that eminent domain will be used and that they will be forced to sell their land. The project is called the Atlantic Coast Pipeline and construction could begin as early as fall 2017. The pipeline would be 600 … Continue reading “North Carolina Residents Fear Losing Property to Pipeline Plans”

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Dakota Access Pipeline: Iowa Landowners Ask Court to Overturn IUB’s Eminent Domain Ruling

The controversial Dakota Access pipeline is back in the news as 14 Iowa landowners have asked that the Polk County District Court review to the Iowa Utility Board’s (IUB) ruling allowing the Dakota Access pipeline to be installed onto their property. According to a report1 published in the Ames Tribune, attorney Bill Hanigan filed a … Continue reading “Dakota Access Pipeline: Iowa Landowners Ask Court to Overturn IUB’s Eminent Domain Ruling”

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Examples of “Public Use” in a Condemnation Action

The 5th Amendment2 gives the government the power to take private lands under specific conditions. One of the most important conditions is that the purpose of the taking must be for “public use.” While public use previously meant actually used by the public – such as public parks or roadways – the term has been … Continue reading “Examples of “Public Use” in a Condemnation Action”

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Hundreds Of Landowners Affected By Kinder Morgan Pipeline

Pipelines are a major catalyst for eminent domain actions, as these pipelines must be laid continuously for hundreds of miles. Not surprisingly, many landowners with property in the proposed path of the pipeline are less than willing to allow companies to come onto their land, dig trenches, lay pipe, and then transport petroleum on an … Continue reading “Hundreds Of Landowners Affected By Kinder Morgan Pipeline”

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Eminent Domain Concerns for Farmers

With the decision of the Supreme Court of the United States in the case of Kelo v. New London,1 it became more and more of a reality that governments could use eminent domain powers for urban developments and specifically for commercial developments. As urban and suburban areas continue to expand, more governments are seizing private … Continue reading “Eminent Domain Concerns for Farmers”

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Are You Affected By The I-69 Project?

Earlier this year, the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) announced its decision for the route for the final part of the long-lasting I-69 construction. The last leg will run along the path of Indiana Highway 37 between Indianapolis and Martinsville and that state highway will be expanded into a major interstate. Needless to say, expanded … Continue reading “Are You Affected By The I-69 Project?”

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North Carolina Supreme Court Strikes Down Part Of The Map Act

Under the 5th and 14th Amendments to the U.S. Constitution, the state of North Carolina has the power to use eminent domain to seize private property to be used for the public good, so long as property owners receive just compensation for their losses. In 1987, the state expanded those powers when it enacted the … Continue reading “North Carolina Supreme Court Strikes Down Part Of The Map Act”

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Common Terms In An Eminent Domain Case

The power of eminent domain and how it affects landowners can be complicated enough. To add to the confusion, the government and courts use terminology that is likely unfamiliar to landowners throughout an eminent domain case. The following are brief explanations of some common terms you may hear in these cases. Condemnation – Condemnation means … Continue reading “Common Terms In An Eminent Domain Case”

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COMMERCIAL PROPERTY

What are the unique issues that face commercial property owners in condemnation that can make all the difference?

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POWER & PIPELINES

Landowners forget this one thing when dealing with utility companies that want an easement across their land.

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ROAD & REDEVELOPMENT TAKINGS

What you need to know to be treated fairly by the condemning authority.

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