Eminent domain abuse: ...

Eminent Domain abuse is popping up all over the country.  This new trend of “blight” and urban redevelopment is leaving land owners with no choice: not about whether they get to keep their property and not about how much they get to sell it for.  We all understand the government’s...

What is Inverse Condemn...

Most people have heard of eminent domain; the taking of ones land by the government.  And when a government takes a property owner to court to take that land it’s called “Condemnation.”  Inverse Condemnation is a little different.  In this case, a lawsuit is brought...

Eminent Domain Appraisa...

When the government condemns your property under eminent domain laws they are required to pay you just compensation.  They will usually bring out a registered agent to appraise your land, but you don’t want to accept this offer.  Here’s why: The registered agent or appraiser that...

Eminent Domain Takings

The “takings clause” of the U.S. Constitution is written in the Fifth Amendment stating “nor shall private property be taken for public use without just compensation.”  Eminent Domain is the word used when the government exercises its rights to take private...

Eminent Domain reform o...

It seems that the term “public use” includes private developers wanting your land for a strip mall.  Or at least that’s what the Supreme Court ruled in 2005, saying that economic development did not violate the public use clauses of the Connecticut and United States...

Defining Blight

When the government wants to take your property under eminent domain laws, they can do so as long as the property they take is used for public purpose; roads, highways, etc.  Or, they can take it to eliminate blight and economic development simply becomes a secondary outcome.  Now...

Berman v. Parker 1954

After the District of Columbia Redevelopment Act of 1945 was passed its first project was Area B.  The redevelopment began and a department store owner was part of Area B.  Berman claimed that his commercial property was unconstitutionally taken under the Fifth Amendment.  The...

The Redevelopment Act o...

This act addresses blight, more specifically a blighted area in the District of Columbia.  Congress passed the District of Columbia Redevelopment Act of 1945 that created a commission called the District of Columbia Redevelopment Land Agency.  The agency was granted the power of...