BLOG: Court Decisions

North Carolina Court Finds "Map Act" Filing Equates to a "Taking"

by: Joseph Grather
23 Feb 2015
Under North Carolina statute, once the department of transportation files  a map depicting a future taking, “no building permit shall be issued for any building or structure or part thereof located within the transportation corridor, nor shall approval of a subdivision . . . be granted with respect to property within the transportation corridor.” N.C. Gen. Stat. § 136-44.51(a).... Read More

Ramsey v. Commissioner of Highways: Is there a Santa Claus in Virginia?

by: Joseph Grather
12 Jan 2015
Coming to you from Virginia – care of our Owner’s Counsel colleague Robert Thomas – is the case of Ramsey v. Commissioner of Highways, which involves Virginia DOT’s attempt to change its valuation position at trial. Thomas’ Blog entry here.  In a nutshell, DOT offered the owner $246,292 before trial (based on an appraisal prepared by... Read More

Federal Judge Restrains Government Action On Dune Project in Margate

by: Joseph Grather
8 Dec 2014
Yesterday, a United States District Court judge restrained the U.S. Army Corps and NJDEP from any further action towards their joint Little Egg Inlet to Barnegat Inlet Storm Damage Reduction Project pending further hearings to be held in two weeks time.  The City of Margate, which owns the beach west of the State’s public trust... Read More

Ocean County Court: Challenge to Redevelopment Plan Ordinance Premature

by: Joseph Grather
4 Nov 2014
Ocean County Assignment Judge Vincent Grasso dismissed a declaratory judgment action filed by a redeveloper against the Township of Ocean finding that the redeveloper had to exhaust its administrative remedies before coming to the Court for relief.  Alternatively, it appears that the redeveloper was seeking to partially invalidate or revise an ordinance that had been... Read More

City of Pasadena Potentially Liable for Property Damage Caused by Its Trees

by: Joseph Grather
4 Sep 2014
On August 14, 2014, the Second Appellate District Court of Appeal of California issued its landmark decision in City of Pasadena v. Superior Court of Califorina (Docket BC491467).  The case arose out of a windstorm that occurred in November 2011.  A City owned tree fell and damaged a residence insured by Mercury Casualty Company, which paid $293,000... Read More

An Insider's View to Georgia Abandonment Case

by: Anthony F. Della Pelle
4 Aug 2014
As a follow-up to our July 21st posting on a significant recent case from the Georgia Supreme Court, we’re thrilled to provide this special guest blog from Charles Pursley, Esq., who served as counsel to the property owner in the Dillard case.  More info about Charles and his firm are available on his website.  Thanks... Read More

California Court: Pre-condemnation Entry Statute Unconstitutional

by: Joseph Grather
5 Jun 2014
A California appellate court recently declared its pre-condemnation entry statute unconstitutional. Property Reserve, Inc. v. Dep’t of Water Resources (JCCP No. 4594, March 13, 2014).  While we are not going to recount all the details of the comprehensive opinion here, the State was seeking access to private property pre-condemnation in connection with a proposed tunnel... Read More

Newark Property Owner Snuffed on Damage Claim After Dismissal of Taking

by: Anthony F. Della Pelle
19 May 2014
A New Jersey appellate court recently decided the sequel to a failed condemnation action from 2012 regarding property in Newark.  The property in question was commercial property owned in condominium form by New United Corp. and the Essex County Improvement Authority (“ECIA”), containing five buildings and a parking garage.  Due to prior disputes between the... Read More

Appeals Court: Hearing Was Required Regarding Impact of Wetlands

by: Joseph Grather
14 May 2014
On May 6, 2014, the Appellate Division published its opinion in New Jersey Transit v. Mori (Docket No. A-0122-12T4).  The case involved acquisition of property impacted by wetlands regulated by the Army Corps of Engineers. Plaintiff’s estimate of compensation for the one acre (out of fourteen) partial taking was $61,000 given the presence of wetlands... Read More

Netherlands v State – Regulatory Taking Denied

by: Joseph Grather
28 Apr 2014
“The State may not put so potent a Hobbesian stick into the Lockean bundle.” Palazzolo v. Rhode Island, 533 U.S. 606, 627 (2001).  That was the United States Supreme Court’s response thirteen years ago to Rhode Island’s argument that property owners could claim no loss from legislation shaping and defining property rights enacted prior to... Read More