One of the trickiest circumstances to deal with in an eminent domain case occurs when the property being condemned suffers from a contamination issue. This presents a number of thorny issues and, quite frankly, is an area of law which is shockingly undeveloped in most jurisdictions.
- Should the cost of the remediation be offset from the value of the property?
- Should the contamination be ignored since the owner is being compelled to "sell" the property, often against his or her will?
- Should the appraisers treat the contamination as they would any other circumstance affecting the ...
One of the most vexing aspects of eminent domain for many property and business owners is the fundamental fact that the owner does not get to decide whether to sell the property. I cannot recall the number of initial client meetings I've had over the years that began with the client asking "How do I stop this from happening?"
In most cases, my clients are disappointed to hear my answer: "You can't." But this answer is overly simplified, because there are actually several grounds for preventing the government from condemning property.
A recent post on the Biersdorf & Associates eminent ...
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