BLOG: Condemnation Law

Court OKs Governor’s Executive Order Concerning Security Deposits

by: Anthony F. Della Pelle
21 Jul 2021
A New Jersey appellate court has upheld Governor Phil Murphy’s Executive Order No. 128, which permits residential tenants to use their security deposits to pay rent during the COVID 19 pandemic. The Executive Order, entered in April 2020, was one of many entered since last March in response to the economic and public health crises... Read More

When Will the Eviction Moratorium End?

by: Anthony F. Della Pelle
1 Jul 2021
As Covid-19 restrictions begin to be eased in New Jersey, especially with the removal of a mask requirement both indoors and outdoors for vaccinated individuals on May 28, life is slowly returning to a pre-pandemic level. However, one restriction which has remained is the eviction moratorium on residential evictions in New Jersey. Currently, New Jersey... Read More

PennEast Pipeline Prevails Because State Consented to Taking Under the “Plan of the Constitutional Convention” in 1787

by: Joseph Grather
30 Jun 2021
In a 5-4 decision issued yesterday, the United States Supreme Court answered the question “whether the Federal Government can constitutionally confer on pipeline companies the authority to condemn necessary rights-of way in which a State has an interest. We hold that it can.”  The full text of the opinion is here. By way of recap,... Read More

Cedar Point Nursery – Per Se Taking Found by United States Supreme Court

by: Joseph Grather
24 Jun 2021
[Photo Credit – NY Times 6-23-21] The US Supreme Court decided a takings case in favor of a property owner yesterday.  Cedar Point Nursery v. Hassid, ___ U.S. ___ (2021).  The Court found that there was a per se taking where governmental regulation permitted union organizers limited access to private farm property.    The full... Read More

Eminent Domain in a Nutshell

by: Anthony F. Della Pelle
2 Jun 2021
Eminent domain has two different manifestations.  Most exercises of eminent domain involve takings initiated by government agencies or, in some cases, public utilities such as power or pipeline companies, of privately owned property. This often entails the seizure of land and buildings, as well as the creation of easements and other interests in property. According... Read More

Arby’s Exception to the Jury View Rule?

by: Joseph Grather
21 Apr 2021
A favorable jury verdict in a Kentucky takings case was recently reversed because the trial court refused the condemnor’s request that the jury view the property.  A copy of the opinion is here. Under Kentucky law, the jury “shall be sent by the court, in the charge of the sheriff, to view the land” upon... Read More

Nearly a Year Later, Is COVID-19 Still a Public Health “Emergency”?

by: Anthony F. Della Pelle
15 Feb 2021
It has been nearly a year since the COVID-19 pandemic has brought unprecedented uncertainty and consequences to our families, businesses, and communities.  Government agencies persist with actions to protect the health and safety of the American public. Regardless of whether these actions are necessary or are helping to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, nearly one year... Read More

US Supreme Court Alert – PennEast Pipeline Cert Petition Granted !

by: Joseph Grather
4 Feb 2021
All you SCOTUS watchers already know the news, but yesterday the United States Supreme Court granted PennEast Pipeline Company’s petition for certiorari.   Petition GRANTED. In addition to the question presented by the petition, the parties are directed to brief and argue the following question: Did the Court of Appeals properly exercise jurisdiction over this case?... Read More

Tax Court: Added/Omitted Assessment Law Does Not Apply to Property Which Loses Exemption

by: Allan Zhang
22 Jan 2021
A recent decision by Presiding Tax Court Judge Mala Sundar found that the Added and Omitted Assessment Law did not apply when an exempt property became non-exempt. Instead, the applicable law was the “Exemption Cessation” statute. The basis of this action stemmed from previously tax-exempt property that Centrastate Healthcare Services Inc. (“CHSI”) (a for-profit entity)... Read More

Trials in the Age of COVID/SARS-2

by: Joseph Grather
18 Jan 2021
As most New Jersey trial lawyers would know, ^ is a picture of the Hudson County Courthouse, which was built over a century ago. (click here for a detailed history of the building by jerseydigs).  It is one of the most impressive and beautiful courthouses in the entire State.  It was renamed the William J.... Read More