A couple of weeks ago, the California Court of Appeal issued a decision that discussed an attorney malpractice lawsuit known as a settle and sue case, where the client settles whatever litigation in which they are embroiled, then turns around and immediately sues their attorney. (Filbin v. Fitzgerald, 2012 WL 5857331). Incidentally, that malpractice action stemmed from an eminent domain case, and if you're interested in it, there's some good lessons to be learned about the Final Offer/Final Demand procedures.
But this post isn’t about that case -- or "settle and sue" ...
Eminent domain cases typically revolve around one issue in dispute: the property's (or business') fair market value. And when appraisers seek to reach their opinions of value, they typically rely on a standard body of data: comparable sales; income and expense figures; and reproduction costs.
But sometimes the evidence does not fit into one of these neat boxes, either because there is a lack of "classic" evidence or because one party is seeking to adduce evidence of value in a more creative way.
A recent published decision, City of Corona v. Liston Brick Company of Corona, 2012 Cal. App ...
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