Eminent Domain Abuse: The Blight Stigma in Lakewood, Ohio

Jim and JoAnn Saleet moved to Lakewood, Ohio, in 1965. Their dream home was perched in a cozy working-class neighborhood, known as the West End, overlooking beautiful valley views. Decades later, city officials sought to stave off a purported exodus, create jobs, and increase the city’s tax base. In 2003, the Lakewood city council approved … Continue reading “Eminent Domain Abuse: The Blight Stigma in Lakewood, Ohio”

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Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Pennsylvania Takings Case Regarding Revolutionary War-Era Cemetery

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear an interesting and unusual case this fall regarding an elderly woman who owns 90 acres of rolling land in Scott Township in Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania. To her and others’ surprise, her property may be a burial site for ancient human remains. Monuments—believed to be ancient tombstones—were purportedly found onsite, … Continue reading “Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Pennsylvania Takings Case Regarding Revolutionary War-Era Cemetery”

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Homeowner Fights Back Against Casino Taking

Charles Birnbaum, son of immigrants and Holocaust survivors, owned a modest brick house near the Atlantic City Boardwalk. That home had remained in his family for a half century. In 2014 the New Jersey Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA), a New Jersey state agency, used its eminent domain powers to seize the Birnbaum’s property, seemingly … Continue reading “Homeowner Fights Back Against Casino Taking”

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Who’s Going Pay for the Wall? Eminent Domain Is a Dirty Little Secret

During his improbable campaign run, President Donald J. Trump exhorted his acolytes with “Who’s gonna pay for the wall?” News about his proposed, controversial border wall regularly makes daily headline news. But few realize that to construct the Mexico-United States border wall, the U.S. government must take private property from thousands of U.S. citizens. To … Continue reading “Who’s Going Pay for the Wall? Eminent Domain Is a Dirty Little Secret”

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Eminent Domain versus Inverse Condemnation: When Government Regulation Goes Too Far

Here’s a quick civics lesson. Under the United States Constitution’s Tenth Amendment, powers not delegated to the federal government are reserved to the states (or people). What does that mean? Broadly interpreted, states have inherent police powers to pass laws to promote health, safety, welfare, and morals—which includes land use regulation. But what happens when … Continue reading “Eminent Domain versus Inverse Condemnation: When Government Regulation Goes Too Far”

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The Village of Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin: Small Town Invaded by an International Electronics Behemoth

The Village of Mount Pleasant (Racine County, Wisconsin), population 26,000, is a slice of typical small town America located on the Milwaukee outskirts. But, atypically, Mount Pleasant residents are embroiled in an unpleasant controversy pitting neighbors against each other. The dispute? An outsider, the Foxconn Technology Group, a publicly traded international electronics manufacturer based in … Continue reading “The Village of Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin: Small Town Invaded by an International Electronics Behemoth”

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How Is Just Compensation Determined?

What happens when your town needs your land for a new project? Public projects are all around: new government buildings, utilities, highways, railways, and even public safety. Will you recover fair compensation? Will you take the town’s first offer? Will you haggle over price? Or will ask a judge to decide, with a court case? … Continue reading “How Is Just Compensation Determined?”

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New Jersey Landowners Anxiously Battle PennEast Pipeline

About 100 New Jersey landowners anxiously await their fate: Will The PennEast Pipeline Project force itself through their property, without their consent? These property owners are battling in three parallel, complicated federal court cases, the outcomes of which will affect not only those landowners but also many more. What Is the PennEast Pipeline Project? A … Continue reading “New Jersey Landowners Anxiously Battle PennEast Pipeline”

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Homeowner’s Guide to Condemnation: A Primer

Flash back to high school history class: Do you remember the U.S. Constitution’s Takings Clause? We hear a lot about “Pleading the Fifth” (a colloquial term for refusing to answer questions that might self-incriminate a criminal suspect). But also nestled in the Fifth Amendment’s last clause is the government’s potent power of eminent domain: “private … Continue reading “Homeowner’s Guide to Condemnation: A Primer”

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Case Study: Road Project-owners

Road projects surround us. Lane expansions, new exit ramps, updated configurations—change abounds. Especially with so much traffic congestion, it’s no surprise that governments increasingly use their eminent domain powers to acquire private property from landowners. What happens, though, when your town wants to take part or all of your land? The Case of the Haunted … Continue reading “Case Study: Road Project-owners”

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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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