Since late last year, we've been following the ongoing eminent domain dispute involving Philadelphia artist James Dupree. But Dupree's case isn't the only one making national headlines. Eminent domain, whereby private property can be acquired by the government for public use, is a point of dispute in a number of high-profile cases across the United States.
Pennsylvania law allows for school districts to use eminent domain to obtain property within the district's geographic area. A district that exercises eminent domain must provide compensation to the property owner, but there are often disputes about how much compensation is due.
Eminent domain is a highly contentious area of law that pits property owners against state and local authorities. In these delicate situations, property owners often need legal assistance in challenging a condemnation or negotiating to maximize compensation and relocation benefits.
Most people don't expect that their property will be condemned or the deed to their home seized by a government entity, but this happens more often than you might think. People from nearly all walks of life have had their property taken from them through eminent domain, and unfortunately the compensation in these deals often isn't fair.