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What Can NJ Property Owners Expect from President Biden’s $1.2 Trillion Infrastructure Bill?

by: Michael Realbuto
29 Nov 2021
On November 15, 2021, President Joe Biden signed a $1.2 trillion federal infrastructure bill (the “Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act”) that provides New Jersey with an estimated $12.3 billion in funding over the next five years to revitalize the state’s dilapidated roads, railways, bridges, and tunnels. While widespread infrastructure repair is long overdue in New... Read More

Making Amends: California Decides to Return Bruce’s Beach Almost a Century After the Pretextual Condemnation

by: Michael Realbuto
18 Nov 2021
In late September 2021, California’s Gov. Gavin Newsom, signed a law authorizing Los Angeles County to return a beach property taken by eminent domain back to descendants of the original property owners. The property, widely known as Bruce’s Beach, was originally bought by Willa and Charles Bruce in 1912 and quickly became a thriving retreat... Read More

Farmland Assessment Case Won’t Be Decided ‘Till the Cows Come Home

by: Michael Realbuto
1 Nov 2021
A recent Tax Court decision in 187 Dey Road Association, LLC v. South Brunswick by the Honorable Mark Cimino, J.T.C., chose not to address whether a 65-acre parcel of property should receive a farmland assessment or be obligated to pay rollback taxes. Rather, the Court held that summary judgment was inappropriate due to the factual... Read More

Gym Owner Loses Challenge to COVID Shutdown Order

by: Anthony F. Della Pelle
26 Oct 2021
A New Jersey kickboxing business owner was recently denied compensation for the closure and limitations placed on its business under COVID-19 “shutdown” orders signed by Governor Phil Murphy.  The business, JWC Fitness, LLC, based in Franklin, New Jersey, shut its doors in March 2020 in compliance with Murphy’s Executive Order 104, thereby closing its business... Read More

Michigan Supreme Court Allows Flint Water Crisis Victim to Assert an Inverse Condemnation Claim

by: Michael Realbuto
21 Oct 2021
From 1964 through late April 2014, the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department (“DWSD”) supplied Flint, Michigan residents with water from Lake Huron. On March 28, 2013, the State Treasurer recommended to the Governor that he authorize the plan to construct an alternative water supply system. Thereafter, on April 16, 2013, the Governor authorized a process... Read More

6th Circuit Rules “Tree Ordinance” Requiring Trees Be Replaced Or Pay A Fine Resulted In Unconstitutional Taking

by: Allan Zhang
20 Oct 2021
A recent 6th Circuit Court of Appeals decision determined that a tree ordinance resulted in an unconstitutional taking. The ordinance required any removed trees to be replanted or else pay a fine. The suit, filed by F.P. Development against Charter Township of Canton, Michigan challenged the Ordinance claiming that, inter alia,  it constituted a taking of... Read More

4th Circuit: State Sovereign Immunity Bars a Takings Claim in Federal Court when Remedies are Still Available in State Court

by: Michael Realbuto
12 Oct 2021
A recent decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit (Zito v. North Carolina Coastal Resources Commission) addressed whether a Fifth Amendment takings claim against the North Carolina Coastal Resources Commission (the “Commission”) is barred by State sovereign immunity. The Pacific Legal Foundation, an organization that has successfully argued many property rights... Read More

Tax Assessors Rejoice! App. Div. Allows Municipal Assessors to Serve as an Experts for Taxpayers Outside Their Municipality

by: Michael Realbuto
5 Oct 2021
A recent Appellate Division opinion in VNO 1105 State Hwy 36, LLC v. Twp. of Hazlet reversed a N.J. Tax Court order barring Theodore Lamicella, the Wall Township tax assessor, from testifying on behalf of a Hazlet Township property owner in a tax appeal. Plaintiff-taxpayer owned property in Hazlet Township, New Jersey tax appeals filed... Read More

Tax Court Reduces Multi-Year Tax Assessments for NJ Shopping Center

by: Michael Realbuto
28 Sep 2021
On September 13, 2021, New Jersey Tax Court rendered a fifty-four (54) page opinion in Green Eagle Property Resources, LP v. Mansfield Township (hereafter “Green Eagle”) that reduced the 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018, multi-year tax assessments for a community shopping center located at 1885 State Route 57, Mansfield Township, Warren County, New Jersey.... Read More

A Valuation Dilemma: How Should Litigants Proceed When Confronted with an Eminent Domain Claim During the Pendency of a Tax Appeal?

by: Michael Realbuto
16 Sep 2021
While the real estate tax appeal process can ultimately lead to reduced tax burdens for New Jersey property owners, unique situations may arise during the pendency of an appeal that can pose a dilemma for litigants and practitioners. Specifically, a valuation conflict can arise if a property owner is confronted with a potential taking of... Read More