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Eminent Domain

  • On behalf of: Peterson Law Group
  • Published: August 6, 2018

On behalf of Peterson Law Group Professional Corporation posted in Inverse Condemnation on Monday, August 6, 2018. PG&E was responsible for sparking at least some of the 2017 wildfires in Northern California, according to preliminary results from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire). If the fires can be tied to the utility's actions, inaction or equipment, PG&E could be held…Read More

  • On behalf of: Peterson Law Group
  • Published: July 20, 2018

Eminent domain is a complicated legal concept that provokes many questions from property owners.We thought we would take some time in this blog to discuss the most basic questions people have when they have been approached by a local government entity about the required sale of their property. What Is Eminent Domain? The government has the power to buy private…Read More

  • On behalf of: Peterson Law Group
  • Published: July 9, 2018

Like all coastal beaches in California, picturesque Martins Beach is public. That is because California's Coastal Act holds that all of California's coasts are a public resource. Unfortunately, accessing Martins Beach requires using a private road. That didn't used to be a problem. Until 2008, the road's owners didn't object to the public using the road to reach the beach,…Read More

  • On behalf of: Peterson Law Group
  • Published: June 21, 2018

The San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) has been pursuing the possibility of taking a downtown city block through eminent domain in order to replace its current, rented, headquarters. Although building a new tower could cost over $112 million, the idea offers two advantages. First, compared with renting space, owning its headquarters could save SANDAG about $26 million over 40…Read More

  • On behalf of: Peterson Law Group
  • Published: June 12, 2018

At a recent city council meeting in Palo Alto, residents learned that all 10 of the alternatives for a major rail redesign could potentially involve properties being taken by eminent domain. More than two dozen people addressed the council, many of them concerned that the project could result in their properties being taken by the city. Others expressed concerns that…Read More

  • On behalf of: Peterson Law Group
  • Published: May 2, 2018

We often discuss eminent domain and inverse condemnation actions on this blog, but there is another way the government might take private party. Regularly taking is distinct from these other actions, but ultimately, it has the same results as an eminent domain action. Regulatory taking refers to the process in which a government regulation places extensive limits on the use…Read More

  • On behalf of: Peterson Law Group
  • Published: April 25, 2018

Learning that the government is seizing your property with an eminent domain action can be devastating. People in this situation often feel angry and powerless to do anything about the situation. However, as a homeowner, you can do something to respond to these actions: you can fight for just compensation. This can seem difficult and seem overwhelming, but negotiating for…Read More

  • On behalf of: Peterson Law Group
  • Published: April 18, 2018

The prospect of losing your home or property to the government through eminent domain actions can be quite upsetting and stressful. As frustrating as this position can be as a property owner, it can be even more so for people trying to address eminent domain actions on their own. Rather than do this, it can be wise to consult an…Read More

  • On behalf of: Peterson Law Group
  • Published: April 5, 2018

Many posts on this blog discuss situations in which home and business owners lose their property to eminent domain claims from the government or a private entity. However, there are also situations in which the government can access or use private property without actually acquiring it. This is an easement. An easement grants a party the right to use land…Read More

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