Today, Jeff Gottlieb's article in the Los Angeles Times "Legal battle over land use engulfs Portuguese Bend" reports that the trial on the regulatory takings damages is fast approaching:
The appeals court decision didn't end the fighting, nor did the state Supreme Court's refusal to hear the case. A trial is set to start Dec. 1 to determine how much the land in the Monks' case is worth and whether Rancho Palos Verdes owes damages to the plaintiffs.
For those wanting more background, the article also provides some details about the history of the suit that are not found in the Court of Appeal opinion. And it describes a whole new round of litigation that the dispute has generated: litigation aimed at stopping future development on the lands subject to the moratorium by demanding preparation of an environmental impact report.
It appears that the issues with Portuguese Bend will continue to keep lawyers busy for years to come.
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