The purpose of the Goldstein, Rikon, Rikon & Houghton, P.C. Eminent Domain Blog is to provide the public with information about the practice of eminent domain law. We also hope to share relevant updates and legal developments affecting this area of the law.

  • THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR MY JUST COMPENSATION

              Just when you thought you heard it all, up comes a new, ridiculous statement by a condemnor.           I was in court yesterday before a judge who was trying his best to settle a claim for the partial taking of an apartment building and two stores.  I was not sanguine of a favorable result based on the spread of damages.  The property was very valuable on Third Avenue in Manhattan.  In the course of discussions, the MTA attorneys told the judge that “we already paid out more than $5… read more

    Posted in Advance Payments, Just Compensation, Uncategorized
  • SCULPTURE TRAIL V SEWER LINE. WHO DO YOU THINK WON?

              The Appellate Division, Fourth Department, handed down on June 7, 2019, one of those rare decisions, granting a petitioner’s proceeding to annul a determination authorizing a condemnation.  In the Matter of the Frank J. Ludovico Sculpture Trail Corp. v Town of Seneca Falls, ___ AD3d ___, the petitioner commenced this original proceeding pursuant to EDPL 207 seeking to annul a determination of respondent to acquire an easement along a nature trail commemorating the women’s rights movement in order to install a sewer line.  The Court agreed with petitioner that… read more

    Posted in Challenges to Condemnation, Compliance with Article 8 of ECL, EDPL 207, Uncategorized
  • BYE BYE WILLIAMSON COUNTY – HELLO KNICK V TOWNSHIP OF SCOTT

              On June 21, 2019, the Supreme Court of the United States handed down Knick v Township of Scott, 588 US ____ (2019).  I wrote about Knick in this blog twice, September 21, 2018 and November 5, 2018.           Knick was originally argued before the Supreme Court on October 3, 2018.  There were only 8 Justices then sitting and there was a lack of consensus.  The Court then issued an Order directing the filing of supplemental briefs and restoring the case for argument.  Re-argument took place on January 16, 2019… read more

    Posted in Fifth Amendment, Knick v Township of Scott, Ripeness of Claims, Uncategorized, Williamson County v Hamilton Bank
  • THE DAKOTA ACCESS PIPELINE PROJECT

    The Supreme Court of Iowa ruled on May 31, 2019 that the Dakota Access Pipeline is a valid use of eminent domain in the State of Iowa. The Dakota Access Pipeline is set to be one of the largest pipelines in North America, running from North Dakota through South Dakota and Iowa to reach a refinery in Illinois.  The pipeline has been subject to a significant amount of controversy for its size and environmental impact as well as its location running through Indian Reservations. The current case was brought by… read more

    Posted in Dakota Access Pipeline, Pipeline Takings, Takings Clause, Uncategorized
  • PAYMENT OF AN ADVANCE PAYMENT: THE NEW YORK RULE

              On May 28, 2019, the United States Supreme Court declined to grant certiorari to review a case which arose out of southeast Pennsylvania.  The 72-acre parcel was owned by Gary and Michelle Erb who intended to build their residence and also have their sons build homes on the land as well.  But the Erbs’ dream was destroyed when the Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Company (Transco) applied to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for authorization to build its Atlantic Sunrise Project – a natural gas pipeline running through Pennsylvania,… read more

    Posted in Advance Payments, Pipeline Takings, Uncategorized