Terminating Dormant Mineral Rights

Every so often, a condemning agency may come across an exception to title indicating the existence of mineral rights 500 feet or more below the surface, with no surface right of entry. If during the last 20 years there has been no production of the minerals and no exploration, drilling, mining or development that affected…

No Appraisal Exchange In Inverse Condemnation Cases?

In an eminent domain case, the acquiring agency admits it is taking private property for a public project.   Certain aspects of eminent domain law and procedure are codified in the Code of Civil Procedure, which provisions make up the Eminent Domain Law.  One of these procedures requires that parties in an eminent domain case exchange…

Coronavirus And Eminent Domain

While sheltering in place with the rest of the world, I thought I would share some publications addressing interesting issues raised about the interplay between the government’s reaction to COVID-19 and the eminent domain law.  See below. The Government’s Authority to Condemn Property to Combat the Coronavirus.  Do Government Shutdowns for Coronavirus Invoke the Takings…

Upcoming Events

February 25, 2020 | Impact of People v. Sanchez (2016) 63 Cal. 4th 665 on Eminent Domain Evidence at Trial, IRWA Chapter 1 28th Annual Valuation Seminary, at Quiet Cannon Conference Center, 901 North Via San Clemente, Montebello March 5, 2020 | Eminent Domain 101:  An Introduction to the Law and Policy, San Diego CA …