Author Archive | Michael Rikon

Corridor Valuation

Written by M. Robert Goldstein and Michael Rikon. Recently, Goldstein, Rikon, Rikon & Houghton, P.C. partner Jonathan Houghton won an extraordinary case of first impression on a cross-appeal dealing with the issue of corridor valuation. Corridor valuation, discussed at length below, deals with the proper valuation methodology used by a court when the land which is condemned is part of a railroad corridor. Many early cases involving eminent domain involved railroads exercising their right of condemnation, such as South Buffalo Ry. v Kirkover, 176 N.Y. 301 (1903), which established the… read more

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N.C. Bill Seeks to Limit Impact of Kelo Decision

N.C. Rep. Chuck McGrrady introduced legislation this week to amend the North Carolina State Constitution to limit the government’s condemnation powers, specifically prohibiting condemnation of private property except for public use, and providing for the right to just compensation and a trial by jury in all condemnation cases. The bill is a direct response to the U.S. Supreme Court Decision in Kelo v. New London, Conn. (2005) which liberalized the  test for eminent domain, providing that the government may force the sale of property if it was for a”public purpose” or “public benefit.” According to… read more

Posted in Eminent Domain, Eminent Domain Abuse, Legislation
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Use of Eminent Domain Expected to Spike as America Becomes More Energy Independent

When you voted “yes” or “no” in this past year’s election you probably weren’t thinking too heavily about eminent domain (unless you were in Virginia!). But it turns out that America’s push towards energy independence will come at the expense of property owners nationwide. According to blumberg.com, the natural gas industry estimates that 450,000 miles of pipelines will need to be built in the next 25 years in order to accommodate America’s energy needs. As an example, in order to provide the eastern half of the United States alone with 20% of… read more

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GRRH Partners to Present at National Business Institute

GRRH is excited to share that Jonathan M. Houghton, Joshua H. Rikon, and Michael Rikon will present a continuing legal education program for the National Business Institute titled Eminent Domain from Start to Finish on April 2, 2013 in Plainview, New York. To register for the program call 800-930-6182 or go to NBI’s website at www.nbi-sems.com 000000

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Mike Rikon Speaks at ALI CLE in Miami, Florida

Goldstein, Rikon, Rikon & Houghton (“GRRH”) have just returned from a legal conference held at the Miami Beach Resort in Miami, Florida. The conference, titled Eminent Domain and Land Valuation Litigation, began January 24, 2013 and concluded on January 26, 2013. GRRH’s Michael Rikon participated in two presentation during the conference: He spoke about “Working with Valuation Witnesses in the Preparation of their Report” and also participated in the Ethics Presentation, touching on, among other things, what a lawyer’s obligations are if a witness is lying on the stand, and the duty… read more

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