BLOG: Condemnation Law

NJ Shutdown Challenge – I Can’t Rent My Beach House!

by: Anthony F. Della Pelle
1 May 2020
The first apparent challenge to New Jersey’s shutdown orders was filed this week by a Pennsyvlania doctor, who alleges that Governor Murphy’s Executive Orders have resulted in a taking of his Margate beach house – because the orders prohibit seasonal beach rentals and, as a result, he was required to refund a deposit on a... Read More

On Blueberry Hill – Property Owner Seeks Injunction from US Supreme Court

by: Joseph Grather
1 May 2020
Not very sexy to sing ‘I found my thrill on Blueberry Hill Public Golf Course & Lounge’, but these are strange days indeed. The name of the case is actually “Friends of Danny DeVito v. Tom Wolf” but if I were the property owner’s lawyer I would have led with Blueberry Hill…. I digress.  This... Read More

Property Rights Trampled by COVID-19

by: Joseph Grather
22 Apr 2020
The United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida just denied a temporary injunction to a group of beachfront property owner’s suing to enjoin a governmental Order that temporarily and totally denied their use and enjoyment of private property.  The Order denied access to the owners private beach. If you have 5 minutes,... Read More

Town Looks Gift Horse in Mouth – Gets Bitten

by: John H. Buonocore, Jr.
15 Apr 2020
NJSEA v. Kearny A recent Appellate Division decision affirmed a trial judge’s award of  just compensation concerning the taking by a State agency of a municipal landfill in Kearny.  The award matched the amount of the condemning agency’s appraisal, and both the trial and appellate court’s rejected entirely the municipal property owner’s theory of value. ... Read More

NJ’s Newest Executive Order Forecasts Future Emergency Seizures and Commandeering

by: Anthony F. Della Pelle
6 Apr 2020
On April 2, 2020, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed Executive Order #113, which follows his prior Orders in our current state of emergency, and authorizes the NJ Office of Emergency Management and Department of Health to utlize provisions of the NJ Civil Defense and Disaster Conrol Act “take or use personal services and/or real... Read More

Two Worlds Collide: States of Emergency and Individual Rights

by: Anthony F. Della Pelle
30 Mar 2020
Since our last post several days ago, Can the COVID-19 Panemic Allow the Government to Seize My Private Property?, so much has happened in our world that it would be impossible to try and analyze or even digest all of legal issues that the state of emergency has presented relating to property rights and individual... Read More

Can The COVID-19 Pandemic Allow the Government To Seize My Private Property?

by: Anthony F. Della Pelle
18 Mar 2020
As we endure the uncertainty that the COVID-19 pandemic has already brought to our families, businesses and communities, the declaration of a national emergency last week by President Trump under the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, as well similar declarations in New Jersey and other states, signal that our government agencies... Read More

Owner’s Verdict Potpourri of Condemnation Valuation Principles

by: Joseph Grather
4 Mar 2020
Last month, the a New Jersey appellate court affirmed a $3,000,000.00 verdict rendered by a Camden County jury for the taking of an eight story 80,000 s.f. building in Camden City Center.  The full text of the opinion is here:   Estate of Rubin v. Camden Parking Authority.  The Parking Authority appealed arguing the owner’s valuation... Read More

Federal Appeals Court Rules PennEast Cannot Haul State into Federal Court for Pipeline Takings

by: Joseph Grather
16 Sep 2019
We may be late to the party, as there has already been a lot of publicity over this decision, but thought we would add a few lines for our readers. The Circuit Court immediately explained that the District Court granted PennEast “orders of condemnation and preliminary injunctive relief for immediate access to the properties.” Slip... Read More

50 Year Old Newark Blight Designation Invalidated

by: Joseph Grather
29 Aug 2019
On August 16, 2019, the Honorable Thomas Vena, J.S.C. invalidated a 50-year-old blight designation of Plaintiff Benjamin Moore’s property in Newark, New Jersey.  The full text of the opinion is a worthwhile read and can be found here.  In one respect, it is a fountainhead decision because the Court invalidated a blight designation that had... Read More