It's an exciting time with the Olympics taking place in Rio De Janeiro. But what takes place before the Olympics ever gets off the ground involves years of planning, lobbying, and infrastructure development. That development often requires use of eminent domain. And in countries without due process and constitutional rights to just compensation, the condemnation process is an ugly endeavor for those impacted.
In Rio, for example, KUSA reports in its article, Rio de Janeiro villages uprooted for Olympics, that leading up to the games, eminent domain was often used "without warning ...
A May 14 decision by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals clarifies the rules regarding when a plaintiff may sue for inverse condemnation in federal court. In Adams Bros. Farming v. County of Santa Barbara No. 09-55315 (May 14, 2010), the Court rejected an inverse condemnation claim brought against the County, where the County allegedly effected a taking by improperly designating part of the owner's property as wetlands.
The case involves a long, fairly tortured history that dates back to the late 1990's, when the County (apparently erroneously) designated about 95 acres of "Rancho ...
In its April 2010 volume, the Yale Law Journal published a Note by Zachary Hudson titled Eminent Domain Due Process. My first reaction was a bit odd. Having spent many years as a practicing eminent domain lawyer, I rarely get the opportunity to spend time with pure, academic writing. Just reading the Note instantly took me back many years to long hours spent in a small dark room at Boalt Hall (before all the improvements), trying to make sure all the hyper-technical "Blue Book" rules were being followed as I slaved away as Associate Editor of the California Law Review. (It still ...
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