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Upcoming CLE: Eminent Domain From Start to Finish

Three partners from our firm, Michael Rikon, Joshua Rikon, and Jonathan Houghton, will be presenting at the Eminent Domain From Start to Finish Conference held by the National Business Institute on April 2, 2013. The conference will be held at the Holiday Inn of Plainview, New  York and is recommended for attorneys, appraisers, engineers, and the like. Topics will include Calculating Damages and Just Compensate, Trail Practice and Strategy, and Ethics in Condemnation, among others. The course manual offers 123 pages of valuable material, which will provide a library of… read more

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Pre-vesting Offers and the Duty to Negotiate

A recent case decided by the New Jersey Appellate Division has highlighted the rule that condemning municipalities do not have a duty to negotiate with mortgagees when condemning a property on which they hold an interest. Borough of Merchantville v. Malik & Son, LLC, handed down on February 5th, specifically held that the condemning municipality was only required to conduct pre-complaint bona fide negotiations with the record owner of the property.* Thus, the municipality did not have to conduct negotiations with the assignee of a mortgagee which had obtained a final judgment of foreclosure. A little bit of… read more

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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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Welcome to our blog

Hello and welcome to our page! Goldstein, Rikon, Rikon &  Houghton, P.C. is one of the nation’s leading law firms whose practice is solely devoted to the practice of eminent domain law. We are excited to share our knowledge and expertise through this new forum, and look forward to discussing relevant and topical developments in this area of the law with you! 000000

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