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The Kelo Decision and Blight

Following the unfavorable Kelo decision in 2005,  governmental entities started abusing their power to exercise eminent domain and attempted to deem lower grade neighborhoods as blighted in order to acquire the property and have the area redeveloped in order to increase their tax base. Even though the area may not be technically blighted, governments have […]

Relocation Benefits in Eminent Domain

In eminent domain cases that result from transportation projects or any public use project, an owner’s only remedy is to insure that full payment is received for the property taken (direct damages) and any resulting loss in value to the property that remains (indirect, or severance damages).  Property owners are also entitled to relocation benefits when […]

Roundabouts in Eminent Domain

Roundabouts are becoming popular among states as there is construction more and more every year and they are outpacing the standard traffic light intersection projects.  In short, roundabouts are being used because they work well.  A roundabout used at the right location will let you get through the intersection more safely and in less time.  […]

What is Just Compensation in Eminent Domain?

Summary of Just Compensation As a property owner, you need to be made whole for your property when impacted by eminent domain Under our federal constitution and all of the state constitutions, the government has the right to take property from a private property owner. This is called the power of eminent domain. In order […]

Types of Takings in Eminent Domain

There several different types of takings that we define Total Taking This acquisition by the condemning authority encompasses the entire parcel of land that belongs to the property owner. The amount of just compensation that must be paid is the market value of the parcel under its highest and best use. This valuation must assume […]

Texas Eminent Domain Law

Texas Eminent Domain Explained Few issues evoke such strong opposition as the taking of private land through eminent domain for a public use. When it comes to eminent domain, the government is playing in their arena; they do this every day. They know what the rules are, they know how the rules affect them and […]

Tennessee Eminent Domain Law

Tennessee Eminent Domain Law Explained Few issues evoke such strong opposition as the taking of private land through eminent domain for a public use. When it comes to eminent domain, the government is playing in their arena; they do this every day. They know what the rules are, they know how the rules affect them […]

South Dakota Eminent Domain Law

South Dakota Eminent Domain Law Few issues evoke such strong opposition as the taking of private land through eminent domain for a public use. When it comes to South Dakota eminent domain, the government is playing in their arena; they do this every day. They know what the rules are, they know how the rules […]

Wyoming Eminent Domain Law

Eminent Domain in Wyoming Explained Few issues evoke such strong opposition as the taking of private land through eminent domain for a public use. When it comes to eminent domain, the government is playing in their arena; they do this every day. They know what the rules are, they know how the rules affect them […]

Washington Eminent Domain Law

Washington Eminent Domain Law Explained Few issues evoke such strong opposition as the taking of private land through eminent domain for a public use. When it comes to eminent domain, the government is playing in their arena; they do this every day. They know what the rules are, they know how the rules affect them […]