Inverse Condemnation Cases

Case Type

: Inverse Condemnation in Laurel Canyon - Settlement


Offered

: $0


Awarded

: $4,650,000


Laurel Canyon

- Peterson Law Group represented the owner of a downslope estate when a slope failure collapsed a part of a canyon wall and blocked the clients’ driveway, damaged portions of the property, and shut down Laurel Canyon. The Inverse theory against the City of Los Angeles arose from a portion of the property owner’s driveway that formerly served as a public street. Initially, the City denied all liability, but eventually settled for $ 4,650,000 to repair the slope.

Case Type

: Eminent Domain in Beverly Hills - Settlement after mediation


Offered

: $0


Awarded

: $4,700,000


This contentious case arose from a landslide causing major damage and foundation problems to a bluff top home in Palos Verdes with the City denying any liability. After a multi-week trial involving geology, geotechnical engineering and property valuation, the presiding Judge found that the City was liable and awarded $4.7 million in damages to Peterson Law Group’s client.

Case Type

: Inverse Condemnation in Fresno - Settlement after mediation


Offered

: $3,072,000


Awarded

: $6,250,000


Fresno

- As part of the High Speed Rail project, HSR planned frontage acquisitions on 2 sides of a 7-acre commercial multi-tenant property in Fresno, which would have left the property wedged behind a widened right-of-way, diminished parking, and substantial access impairment caused by a planned overpass in front of the property. After multiple delays and HSR’s unwillingness to acquire the entire property, Peterson Law Group initiated a lawsuit alleging the project as proposed would cause the property to become a non-economic remnant. After mediation, Peterson Law Group negotiated a full acquisition of the entire property for $ 6,250,000.

Case Type

: Inverse Condemnation & Contract Breach - Jury Trial and Appeal


Offered

: $0


Awarded

: $6,000,000


Peterson Law Group represented developers against the City and community facilities districts in the trial and the appeal of an Inverse and Breach of Contract matter arising out of a Facilities Improvement Agreement that provided for reimbursement for the developers’ unreimbursed costs of backbone infrastructure construction. The City denied liability through Trial and Appeal, and did not offer to pay any money until after the Court of Appeal ruled in favor of Peterson Law Group’s developer clients.

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.