Tag Archives: Inverse Condemnation

Have We Seen the Last Dance for Quantitative Before Condition Goodwill Valuations?

When a business is taken as a result of a public improvement, the business is entitled to seek compensation for, among other things, loss of business goodwill. Typically, this loss is calculated by measuring the business’ “before-condition” value and comparing to its “after-condition” value.  This traditional methodology was the cornerstone for business goodwill appraisers to … Continue Reading

Two Decisions out of San Diego Remind Us to Follow the Rules

We don’t often see multiple takings-related cases in one week, but last week we saw three.  The California Supreme Court’s decision in Property Reserve was obviously the most important, but the Fourth Appellate District Court of Appeal in San Diego also issued two decisions in the same week.  Although both of these opinions are unpublished … Continue Reading

The Unintended Effects of Protecting the Environment – How Banning Fracking Can Lead San Benito County To Bankruptcy

On November 4, 2014, San Benito County voters went to the poles to vote on Measure J, the measure designed to prohibit hydraulic fracturing, known as fracking, and related gas and oil extraction activities, as well as other “high-intensity petroleum operations,” including acid well stimulation and cyclic steam injection. The measure also banned any new … Continue Reading

When Inverse Condemnation and Eminent Domain Overlap: Owners Beware of Attorney Contingency Fee Arrangements

Property owners are routinely hiring attorneys well in advance of a public agency’s filing of an eminent domain action.  Many times, the representation begins before it is even certain whether the agency will actually move forward with acquiring the property.  And sometimes, claims for inverse condemnation may ripen during the public agency’s construction of the … Continue Reading

Join Us for a California Regulatory Takings Teleconference on August 19

Over the past several months, the United States Supreme Court and the California Courts of Appeal have issued several significant regulatory takings opinions addressing the liability of government agencies for enacting regulations or otherwise conditioning proposed developments.  To really dig into these opinions and their importance, Law Seminars International will be putting on a one-hour … Continue Reading

Property Owner Loses Inverse Condemnation/Regulatory Takings Challenge to General Plan Amendment/Zone Change

It’s not too often a property owner succeeds with an inverse condemnation/regulatory takings claim based on a general plan amendment or zone change.  The owner must generally demonstrate that the regulation either on its face, or when specifically applied to the owner’s property, deprives the owner of the economically beneficial uses of the property.  The … Continue Reading

I Saw the Sign, and It . . . Was Taken Down?

Those don’t quite sound like the lyrics to the early-90’s popular Ace of Base hit, "The Sign."  But they likely describe the situation of many travelers on the I-10 freeway in Los Angeles thanks to a recent California Court of Appeal decision denying a property owner’s inverse condemnation action, and upholding Caltrans’ required removal of an … Continue Reading

A Judicial Reminder Not to Count Your Roosters Before They’ve Hatched

Inverse condemnation claims can be tricky, particularly in the regulatory context.  You don’t want to file your claim too soon, as that will likely result in your claim being booted out of court on ripeness grounds.  But you also don’t want to file your claim too late, as that can result in your claim being barred by the applicable statute of limitations.  … Continue Reading
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