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Here’s one where you have to stop and pause and ask “why?” Because most of the time, you’d think that an offer to the property owner made by DOT that included more compensation than DOT’s own appraisal recognized would be a good thing. Apparently not here: DOT’s appraiser opined that the owner incurred no severance damages from the partial take, and therefore did not include any in the appraisal. His letter appraised compensation for the property…
We are noted for our ability to find takings and property issues nearly anywhere, and two cases argued today at the Supreme Court — where we had the pole position in the Bar line as the above photo proves — are no exception, even though the first was a case about a tax refund, and the second was about the Superfund statute.  The tax case was a bit of a stretch, we admit. But there…
Here’s decision we’ve been anticipating in a case and issue we’ve been following for a while, the question of whether private utilities can be held liable under an inverse condemnation theory for much of the damages caused by the recent California wildfires.  Short story from the Northern District of California Bankruptcy Court: yes, private utilities can be liable in inverse condemnation: What Debtors advocate here is to set aside a well-seasoned principle of strict…
POTUS 1, George Washington, like a lot of other things, said it about our national day of thanksgiving pretty well: “Our fincere and humble Thanks … for the peaceable and rational Manner in which we have been enabled to eftablish Conftitutions of Government for our Safety and Happinefs, and particularly the national one now lately infituted.” If they could only have added a “s” key to their version of MS Word, it truly would be…