As we've reported in the past, temporary takings are compensable in California. But such claims are not easy to prove, particularly when you're dealing with the federal government imposing temporary regulations preventing use of property. A recent case, Reoforce v. United States, demonstrates some of the hurdles an impacted property owner may face.
In Reoforce, the plaintiff discovered a mineral deposit called pumicite on federal land in Kern County, California. Believing the deposit had potential value for paint and fiberglass applications, Reoforce submitted a mining ...
When eminent domain attorneys think of just compensation in the context of an eminent domain case, we're typically thinking about the value of what we can see: the dirt itself; and anything built on that dirt. But every so often, a property's real value lies not in what is on the surface, but what sits below the surface.
A recent post by the Biersdorf law firm, Mineral Rights in Eminent Domain Cases, reminds us about this often overlooked issue. The post contains a nice summary of when and how these issues can arise, and I won't repeat all of what they have to say. The bottom line is that when a ...
Last week was a fairly slow week for California eminent domain news, but I came across an article about a case that seems interesting enough to warrant a brief discussion, even if it has no direct application in California.
Fronteer Gold, apparently a Canadian-owned company with a division formed under Delaware law, is seeking to condemn property in Nevada to help implement its plans for the Long Canyon gold mine.
You might wonder how a private company, under Canadian ownership, can condemn property from private owners in Nevada. Apparently, Nevada law contains a provision that ...
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