Tag Archives: Litigation Expenses

California to Consider Significant Change to Eminent Domain Law Regarding a Condemnee’s Right to Recover Litigation Expenses

On February 9, 2017, California Assembly Member Phillip Chen (a Republican from the 55th district) introduced Assembly Bill 408 (AB 408).  You can find a copy of the bill here.  AB 408 is styled as an “act to amend Section 1250.410 of the Code of Civil Procedure relating to eminent domain.”  There is very little … Continue Reading

When Projected Eminent Domain Litigation Costs Exceed the Value of the Property Acquisition

Eminent domain litigation can be expensive.  Acquiring small strips of property often costs more in legal and appraisal costs than the value of the property itself.  Sometimes public agencies have no choice but to condemn these minor acquisitions, as property owners cannot be found, will not negotiate, or otherwise take unreasonable positions.  But when property … Continue Reading

Abandoning Your Eminent Domain Action May Come With A Hefty Price Tag

On occasion, public agencies decide to abandon or partially abandon an eminent domain proceeding.  The most typical reason is due to a revision in project design, making the property no longer necessary for the proposed project.  However, to the surprise of many, an abandonment can also occur after an agency receives an unfavorable jury verdict.  Code of Civil Procedure section … Continue Reading

Eminent Domain Decision: Award of Litigation Expenses Requires an Actual Trial

Shortly before an eminent domain trial, a government agency and a property owner exchange a statutory final offer and final demand. The statute’s sole purpose is to encourage settlement before trial, providing a carrot (to the property owner) and a stick (to the condemning agency).  If the matter fails to settle before trial, the owner can … Continue Reading
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