Eminent Domain Cases


Offered

: $5.4 million


Awarded

: $10.5 million


Carson

- Represented owner of the property leased to Cormier Chevrolet in Carson. The condemning agency initially offered $5.4 million to acquire the underlying fee interest in the property. At trial, the jury determined fair market value to be $10.5 million.


Offered

: $0 (goodwill)


Awarded

: $795,000


Wilmington

- Represented a marine equipment supply company that was required to relocate. The agency's appraiser initially concluded that there was no loss of goodwill at all. Peterson lawyers not only obtained a jury award of $795,000 for the business goodwill plus a court award of attorney and expert fees, but also negotiated relocation of the business to a nearby property.



Offered

: $1,690,000.00


Awarded

: $3,400,000.00


North Hollywood

- Represented owner of property who produced fiberglass and resin products. The agency and its appraiser contended that the property was worth $2.15 Million, which was based on the property's existing industrial use. At trial, Peterson argues that the property's highest and best use was for a mixed use commercial residential development. The jury determined the fair market value of the property was $3.4 Million. In addition to the jury award for real estate, Peterson recovered $842,000 in settlement to relocate the business, and additional compensation for lost business goodwill and for unrelocatable fixtures & equipment. See Article in Verdict Search.


Case Type

: Eminent Domain in Beverly Hills - Settlement after mediation


Offered

: $10,700,000


Awarded

: $25,889,600


Beverly Hills

- Peterson Law Group represented the owners of 2 adjacent fully occupied commercial buildings on Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills, which Metro acquired for the Purple Line Extension to Westwood. Metro’s initial offer for both properties totaled $10,700,000. Peterson Law Group achieved $25,889,600 as compensation for both properties, and negotiated for the property owners to retain ownership of the land in one of the properties after the expiration of a 10-year easement. Peterson Law Group also negotiated a Lost Rents Agreement, providing the property owners with rent payments from Metro for a specified time frame.


Case Type

: Eminent Domain in Los Angeles - Settlement at mediation


Offered

: $283,000


Awarded

: $1,275,000


Los Angeles

- The City of Los Angeles initially wanted to acquire only a portion of an improved industrial parcel on a corner of Olympic Boulevard south of the Arts District for a street widening project, and offered the property owners $283,000. The building was leased to a pallet and forklift supply and rental company. Given the engineering problems associated with a partial acquisition of a decades-old industrial brick building, Peterson Law Group negotiated for the City to acquire the entire improved parcel for $1,275,000, and also negotiated for the property owners to have the right of first refusal to purchase a strip of land adjacent to the remainder parcel after the City’s project is completed.


Case Type

: Eminent Domain in Los Angeles - Jury Trial


Offered

: $1,719,000


Awarded

: $3,535,000


Los Angeles

- As part of the I-5 freeway widening, Caltrans acquired an El Pollo Loco franchisee and the 26,000 square foot property on which it was located, causing the El Pollo Loco to shut down its operations. Caltrans initially offered $ 1,719,000 for the acquisition. This highly contested case eventually proceeded to a Jury Trial on all three aspects of an eminent domain case: (1) real estate; (2) non-moveable fixtures and equipment; and (3) loss of business goodwill. A 12-person Jury awarded Peterson Law Group’s client a total of $ 3,535,000 for the acquisition, which included a real estate award that came within 7% of Peterson Law Group’s real estate valuation at Trial.


Case Type

: Eminent Domain in Los Angeles - Settlement


Offered

: $13,400,000


Awarded

: $28,000,000


Los Angeles

- Peterson Law Group represented the owner of an operating inert landfill. The condemning agency initially offered less than $13.4 million. Peterson Law Group engaged in a complicated analysis and valuation battle that lasted almost 4 years, and involved business goodwill, relocation, highest and best use issues related to geology and geotechnical engineering, civil engineering and site adaptability, land use issues and property valuation. Peterson Law Group ultimately achieved a $28,000,000 settlement prior to trial, more than doubling the initial offer to the property owner.


Case Type

: Eminent Domain in Los Angeles - Settlement at mediation


Offered

: $3,093,000


Awarded

: $4,850,000 plus relocation benefits


Los Angeles

- Peterson Law Group represented a Kosher foods distributor whose property was taken and business displaced for the Sixth Street Bridge/Viaduct Replacement Project connecting the Arts District with Boyle Heights in central Los Angeles. This full acquisition displaced a decades-old family business, and involved all three aspects of an eminent domain case: (1) real estate; (2) non-moveable fixtures and equipment; and (3) loss of business goodwill. The City initially offered $ 3,093,000, but Peterson Law Group negotiated a complete settlement at mediation for $ 5,000,025. In addition, Peterson Law Group’s business relocation team assisted the client with a successful self-move to nearby Vernon. The case involved complex issues related to the valuation of cold storage rooms and large-scale freezer facilities.


Case Type

: Eminent Domain in Los Angeles - Settlement at mediation


Offered

: $2,220,000


Awarded:

$5,000,025 plus relocation benefits


Los Angeles

- Peterson Law Group’s client, a family-owned seed distribution and storage company that had existed at its location in the Arts District for 7 decades, was displaced for the Sixth Street Bridge/Viaduct Replacement project connecting the Arts District to Boyle Heights in central Los Angeles. The case involved all three aspects of an eminent domain case: (1) real estate; (2) non-moveable fixtures and equipment; and (3) loss of business goodwill. The City initially offered $ 2,220,000 for a full acquisition, which included an access parcel on the north side of the property giving the client street to street access. At mediation, Peterson Law Group negotiated a full settlement for $ 4,850,000, which included the client maintaining ownership of the access parcel that the City initially wanted to acquire. In addition, Peterson Law Group’s business relocation team assisted the client with a successful self-move. The case involved complex valuation problems related to the interaction between real estate and non-moveable machinery and specialized equipment.


Case Type

: Eminent Domain in Los Angeles - Settlement at mediation


Offered

: $5,276,000


Awarded

: $6,484,809


Los Angeles

- LAUSD chose a residential, working class community in Maywood to build a high school in Los Angeles, which would displace approximately 2 blocks of residents. Peterson Law Group represented the individual owners of 16 properties and their families, some of whom had owned their properties for generations. Peterson Law Group assisted in a CEQA challenge against LAUSD, which required LAUSD to redraft environmental reports. Initially, LAUSD’s total offer for all 16 properties together amounted to $ 5,276,000. At a mediation that spanned over 3 days, Peterson Law Group enhanced the compensation for each of the clients for a total amount of $ 6,484,809 for all 16 properties.


Case Type

: Eminent Domain in Fullerton - Settlement at mediation


Offered

: $1,110,000


Awarded

: $3,040,000 plus relocation benefits.


Fullerton

- OCTA required a full acquisition for a grade separation project, displacing a family owned and operated meat company specializing in cutting, processing and distribution. OCTA’s initial offer was $ 1,110,000. Peterson Law Group obtained total just compensation in the amount of $ 3,040,000. The case involved complex valuation related to cold storage, freezers and product preservation. In addition, Peterson Law Group’s relocation team achieved a successful self-move to Anaheim.


Case Type

: Eminent Domain in Santa Monica - Settlement after mediation


Offered

: $4,385,000


Awarded

: $5,400,000 plus relocation benefits.


Santa Monica

- Expo extended a light rail project from 7th Street and Flower in downtown Los Angeles to downtown Santa Monica, requiring the full acquisition of a custom glass company on Colorado Avenue in Santa Monica that had operated for decades on approximately half an acre. The case involved all three aspects of an eminent domain case: (1) real estate; (2) non-moveable fixtures and equipment; and (3) loss of business goodwill. Expo initially offered $ 4,385,000 for the acquisition, but Peterson Law Group enhanced the total value of the client’s just compensation to $ 5,400,000. In addition, Peterson Law Group’s relocation team assisted the client in achieving a successful relocation to a new location in Venice.


Case Type

: Eminent Domain in Rowland Heights - Settlement


Offered

: $700,000


Awarded

: $1,900,000


Rowland Heights

- Peterson Law Group represented a gas station against ACE, who acquired portions of the property for a grade separation/overpass rail project. The project as proposed created impairment of access and diminished the circulation of patrons around the lot. ACE initially offered $ 700,000, but Peterson Law Group obtained a settlement of $ 1,900,000, more than double ACE’s offer.


Case Type

: Eminent Domain and Inverse Condemnation in Gardena - Jury Trial


Offered

: $7,700,000


Awarded

: $11,000,000


Gardena

- The City of Gardena offered to purchase a large retail mall for $7,700,000, but after an unreasonable delay in commencing with Eminent Domain proceedings, Peterson Law Group filed an Inverse Condemnation action in return for precondemnation damages. The matter involved remediation measures of environmental contamination, extensive legal disputes, and complex valuation issues.


Case Type

: Eminent Domain in Los Angeles - Settlement


Offered

: $4,600,000


Awarded

: $7,100,000


Los Angeles

- In a complex analysis that included environmental issues and a highest and best use theory of the property, Peterson Law Group represented the owner of a former street car maintenance facility that was being operated as a multi-use income property. At the outset, the school district valued the acquisition at $4,600,000, but Peterson Law Group enhanced the compensation to the property owner by $2.5 million.


Case Type

: Eminent Domain in Los Angeles - Settlement


Offered

: $4,100,000


Awarded

: $7,700,000


Los Angeles

- Peterson Law Group represented the owner of a tire retreading business who also owned the underlying real estate, in which the school district offered $ 4,100,000 for the acquisition. Peterson Law Group settled the case by increasing client compensation by $3,600,000, which included $2,900,000 for lost business goodwill and relocation.


Case Type

: Eminent Domain in Burbank - Jury Trial


Offered

: $960,000


Awarded

: $1,425,000


Burbank

- The Burbank Housing Authority condemned a multi-family residential property in a highly contested matter that proceeded to a Jury Trial. The Jury award increased Peterson Law Group’s clients’ compensation by $465,000 over the original offer by the City.


Case Type

: Eminent Domain in Los Angeles - Jury Trial
Offered

: $1,760,000


Awarded

: $4,390,000


Los Angeles

- Peterson Law Group obtained $2,630,000 more than the City Redevelopment Agency initially offered to Peterson Law Group’s client, who manufactured fiberglass and resin products, including props and facades, and who also owned the underlying real estate. A major disputed issue was the highest and best use of the property, and the case involved all aspects of an Eminent Domain proceeding: (1) real estate valuation; (2) value of non-moveable fixtures, equipment and machinery; and (3) loss of business goodwill. Peterson Law Group also obtained substantial relocation benefits for its client.


Case Type

: Eminent Domain in Los Angeles - Settlement


Offered

: $1,900,000


Awarded

: $4,700,000


Los Angeles

- Peterson Law Group more than doubled the initial offer made to its client, the property owner who also owned and operated a furniture manufacturing business, and assisted in the successful relocation of the business.


Case Type

: Eminent Domain in Los Angeles - Settlement


Offered

: $2,360,000


Awarded

: $3,950,000


Los Angeles

- Peterson Law Group obtained $1,590,000 more than offered to its client, a corporation that owned the property on which a successful gas station operated. The case involved partial acquisitions of portions of the property.


Case Type

: Eminent Domain in Los Angeles - Settlement


Offered

: $347,500


Awarded

: $1,540,000


Los Angeles

- Peterson Law Group almost quadrupled the amount offered to its client, a property owner who also owned and operated an automobile dismantling and auto parts salvage business.


Case Type

: Eminent Domain in the Port of Los Angeles - Jury Trial
Offered

: $1,300,000


Awarded

: $3,700,000


Los Angeles

- Peterson Law Group represented the property owner and owner of a marine supply and shipping supply company in the Port of LA in a successful Jury Trial of business goodwill loss, and in settling the value of the real estate acquired by the City and relocation benefits prior to trial. The City claimed the business suffered no loss of goodwill, and after the jury returned a verdict of $795,600 despite a successful relocation of the business, the Court awarded Peterson Law Group its litigation expenses. Real Estate and relocation settled prior to trial for $2,900,000.


Case Type

: Eminent Domain in Carson - Jury Trial


Offered

: $5,400,000


Awarded

: $10,500,000


Carson

- Peterson Law Group represented a real estate holding and development company that owned several acres fronting the 405 freeway in Carson that was leased to Cormier Chevrolet. At trial, the Jury awarded compensation that almost doubled the initial offer to Peterson Law Group’s clients.


Case Type

: Eminent Domain in Downtown Los Angeles - Jury Trial and Appeal


Offered

: $840,000


Awarded

: $4,000,000


Los Angeles

- In preparation for the Staples Center development, the City acquired an approximately 20,000 square foot parcel improved with a parking lot located on the corner of Figueroa and Olympic downtown. At trial, which involved matters related to project influence and contested issues of the highest and best use of the property, the Jury found in favor of Peterson Law Group’s client. The City appealed. The Court of Appeal affirmed the Jury verdict and also awarded litigation expenses to Peterson Law Group. In total, Peterson Law Group enhanced the compensation to its client by almost 5x the original offer.