Eminent Domain. Legal news and articles for February 16 - 17, 2012

Fitzgerald picks Mt. Lebanon attorney for Allegheny County ...Don't mess with Texas: US court blocks Keystone XLBelfast tries to woo landowners instead of using eminent domain to build rail ...County to plow some city streetsMt. Lebanon attorney tapped to become Allegheny County soli...Despite warnings, bill to let cities seize federal land gets committee backingTexas family blocks pipeline from farmState Rep. Mike Ball Says 'Transparency' Is The Aim Of Huntsville Housing ...Voters in November likely to see eminent domain amendmentFlorida House passes eminent domain billHouse passes eminent domain billCity to use eminent domain to get landCharter Square owners resistant to selling property to school districtGuest Viewpoint: Evidence on gas drilling sets off more warning bellsHouse overwhelmingly passes eminent domain for FSDB

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Sewer services land deal eyed
Record-SearchlightFebruary 5, 2012

Greenview Development Co., one of the Westridge developers, asked the city to begin the eminent domain process after the company was unable to convince property owner William Cox to sell his land for the easement, assistant city attorney Lynette ...more »

Guest column: Eminent domain bill tarnishes Proctor's legacy
St. Augustine RecordFebruary 12, 2012

Bill Proctor has a bill going through the Legislature (House Bill 1037/Senate Bill 1348) which gives unrestricted eminent domain, the power to take people's homes, to the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind, and deletes Florida Statutes regarding ...more »

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Fitzgerald picks Mt. Lebanon attorney for Allegheny County ...
Pittsburgh Tribune-ReviewFebruary 17, 2012

He has experience as a litigator in employment discrimination, eminent domain and construction law cases. "Andy is an excellent lawyer with an outstanding reputation in this community," county Executive Rich Fitzgerald said on Thursday.more »

Don't mess with Texas: US court blocks Keystone XL
Montreal GazetteFebruary 17, 2012

... and the Crawford Family Farm in northeastern Texas's Lamar County are now set to square off at a hearing Friday that could determine whether to approve the Calgary-based company's petition to condemn the property under eminent domain laws.more »

Belfast tries to woo landowners instead of using eminent domain to build rail ...
Bangor Daily NewsFebruary 17, 2012

If some will not sign, the city is prepared to use eminent domain to seize the easements, he said. “We're hoping hard not to be in that situation,” Slocum said Thursday morning. “We're trying to be a good neighbor.” One landowner, Tara Demere, ...more »

County to plow some city streets
Topeka Capital JournalFebruary 16, 2012

Eminent domain, meanwhile, requires an act of the Kansas Legislature. “No matter what happens on this, there will be no eminent domain,” Eckert said, adding that invoking eminent domain for economic development purposes is against the law.more »

Mt. Lebanon attorney tapped to become Allegheny County soli...
Tribune ReviewFebruary 16, 2012

Szefi, who is a partner in the law firm Goehring Rutter & Boehm, is a member of the practice's municipal law, litigation and real estate practice groups. He has experience as a litigator in employment discrimination, eminent domain and construction law...more »

Despite warnings, bill to let cities seize federal land gets committee backing
Salt Lake TribuneFebruary 16, 2012

The Legislature's lawyers said that cities and counties have no standing to exercise eminent domain over federal land and the law would violate a string of Supreme Court precedents and the Property Clause of the Constitution. Two years ago, Sumsion and ...more »

Texas family blocks pipeline from farm
Windsor StarFebruary 16, 2012

... and the Crawford Family Farm in northeastern Texas's Lamar County are now set to square off at a hearing Friday that could determine whether to approve the Calgary-based company's petition to condemn the property under eminent domain laws.more »

State Rep. Mike Ball Says 'Transparency' Is The Aim Of Huntsville Housing ...
WHNTFebruary 16, 2012

Representative Ball says House Bill 168 is a result of the Housing Authority's 2009 eminent domain purchase of Stone Manor apartments in south Huntsville without properly informing neighbors or city leaders. While Ball credited the housing authority ...more »

Voters in November likely to see eminent domain amendment
Loudoun Times-MirrorFebruary 16, 2012

A proposal for an amendment to the commonwealth constitution that would restrict governments' eminent domain authority was narrowly approved in the state Senate this week. If the bill, SJ-3, passes the house, a ballot question will be posed to Virginia ...more »

Florida House passes eminent domain bill
Florida Times-UnionFebruary 16, 2012

By Matt Dixon TALLAHASSEE - The House easily passed a bill Wednesday giving the Florida School of the Deaf and the Blind the power — called eminent domain — to take private property if there is a “compelling state reason,” they compensate the owner ...more »

House passes eminent domain bill
Florida Times-UnionFebruary 16, 2012

By Matt Dixon TALLAHASSEE - The House easily passed a bill Wednesday giving the Florida School of the Deaf and the Blind the power — called eminent domain — to take private property if there is a “compelling state reason,” they compensate the owner ...more »

City to use eminent domain to get land
Daily News - Galveston CountyFebruary 16, 2012

By Christopher Smith Gonzalez LEAGUE CITY — After months of debate over the fate of a tree, League City's city council voted Tuesday night to begin eminent domain proceedings for the property on which the Ghirardi oak stands.more »

Charter Square owners resistant to selling property to school district
San Jose Mercury NewsFebruary 16, 2012

And they have the power of eminent domain on their side. That would mean displacing more than a dozen businesses, whose owners and employees are waiting to learn their fate as the district takes its next crucial step. The district must decide by March ...more »

Guest Viewpoint: Evidence on gas drilling sets off more warning bells
Press & Sun-BulletinFebruary 16, 2012

The Press & Sun-Bulletin reported this month that a New York gas pipeline company used eminent domain laws to take private land in Pennsylvania. Now we learn that the Department of Environmental Conservation is considering "a few" experimental gas ...more »

House overwhelmingly passes eminent domain for FSDB
St. Augustine RecordFebruary 16, 2012

By Matt Dixon TALLAHASSEE — The House easily passed a bill Wednesday giving the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind the power — called eminent domain — to take private property if there is a “compelling state reason.” The bill, which passed by ...more »

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