Tag Archives: Eminent Domain reform

Is Meaningful Eminent Domain Reform Finally On The Horizon?

Many states have enacted eminent domain reform since the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2005 decision in Kelo v. City of New London, which broadly defined “public use” to include the government’s acquiring property for another private owner to realize an economic benefit (such as increasing tax revenues).  However, as reported by the Institute for Justice in its 50 States Report … Continue Reading

Hello from Connecticut: 9 Year Anniversary of Kelo Decision

This week marks the nine-year anniversary of the Kelo v. City of New London decision.  Since I’ve been practicing as an eminent domain attorney, Kelo is unquestionably the most well-known and stirring court opinion, creating widespread reform to the use of eminent domain across the country — even on the opposite coast in California.  Last time … Continue Reading

Wyoming Considering Changes to Eminent Domain Laws to Deal with Push for Renewable Energy

Next week, I’m speaking at the IRWA Chapter 67 Spring Seminar, which is focused on renewable energy issues.   So it was pretty timely when I came across an article this week involving efforts in Wyoming to curtail eminent domain power to address that state’s push for increased renewable energy.  According to a Casper Star-Tribune article by … Continue Reading

Sierra Madre Eminent Domain Measure Stirs Debate

In December, we reported on Sierra Madre’s decision to allow voters to decide whether the City should possess the power to condemn property for redevelopment purposes.  On April 13, 2010, voters will decide the issue by ratifying or rejecting City Ordinance 1304, but for now, the measure has triggered some colorful debate.  On February 27, Susan … Continue Reading

Contrary to What Most Partisans Believe, the Use of Eminent Domain for Redevelopment Purposes is not a “Black and White” Issue

It seems most commentators on eminent domain generally, and on the use of eminent domain for redevelopment purposes in particular, adopt an extreme stance.  The loudest voices, especially in the "post-Kelo" world, tend to be property-rights advocates who denounce virtually any use of eminent domain, especially for redevelopment purposes.  A good example of this appears in … Continue Reading
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