BLOG: Condemnation Law

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

Functional Units and A New Year

by: Joseph Grather
7 Jan 2021
Rolling into a New Year here in Morristown after enduring a 14 day SARS-2/COVID-19 quarantine isolation. Sound familiar? I bet. So, what do condemnation lawyers think of while sitting in isolation? Real estate valuation and property rights issues, of course!  With that in mind, here’s a good one: what happens when your client’s private property... Read More

Is COVID-19 “Shutdown” Compensation Due Under Disaster Control Act? And Who Gets To Decide?

by: Joseph Grather
5 Nov 2020
An interesting case arose in our home vicinage – Morris & Sussex – involving a small business owner’s challenge to Governor Murphy’s COVID-19 “shutdown” orders. JWC Fitness v. Governor Murphy:  The complaint was filed about a month ago and was subsequently dismissed by Assignment Judge Stuart Minkowitz on jurisdictional grounds.  Judge Minkowtiz held that jurisdiction... Read More

Taxpayer Appeal Upsets Redevelopment Designation in West Orange

by: Joseph Grather
1 Oct 2020
The Appellate Division issued an unpublished opinion on September 11, 2020, in the case of Kevin Malanga v. West Orange. Mr. Malanga is a “resident taxpayer” within the Township of West Orange who appealed the designation of the Essex Green Shopping Center and the Executive Drive Office Park as a non-condemnation “area in need of... Read More

COVID Eviction Freezes – Who Is Supposed To Pay?

by: Anthony F. Della Pelle
2 Sep 2020
Yesterday, the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued what is perhaps its most far-reaching order concerning the COVID-19 pandemic.  The order, available here, was not an order concerning travel, immunization, or other health-related concerns tied to the pandemic, but rather an order seeking to halt evictions of residential tenants on a... Read More

Constitutional Implications of COVID-19 and Its Impact Upon Property Rights and Individual Liberties

by: Anthony F. Della Pelle
31 Aug 2020
“Our battle with the pandemic is fluid, presenting issues that evolve and change with each day that passes.” MROD’s Anthony F. DellaPelle authored a recent article for the American Bar Association’s Section of Litigation concerning the constitutional implications of the restrictions that have been imposed by various government officials and agencies upon individuals and businesses... Read More

Church Loses Interest Awarded on Condemnation Judgment

by: Joseph Grather
24 Aug 2020
I remember long ago, my first case against NJDOT where a judgment awarding constitutional just compensation triggered a duty to pay interest on the award.  I also remember reading “Title 27” (NJDOT statute) and finding the 6% “solution” to my interest problem.  I mentioned the great news to one of the founders of my firm... Read More