Both California and federal eminent domain laws set forth obligations on "public entities" or the "government." When these specific terms are used, do the statutes also apply to public or private utility companies exercising the power of eminent domain?
One example is found in the Uniform Relocation Assistance and Real Property Acquisition Policies Act, which allows a landowner to seek reimbursement for costs and attorneys' fees when a condemnation action instituted by a "federal agency" is abandoned by the "United States." (42 U.S.C. 4654.) If a utility company ...
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