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Eminent domain a hot topic not just in Philadelphia

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.

Philadelphia artist's struggle against eminent domain continues

Discrepancy in the valuation of property is a common issue in eminent domain disputes. A city or a school district will enter into negotiations with a property owner, and each side has the property appraised. It may not be surprising that in many cases, the buyer's assessment turns out to be much lower than the seller's assessment.

Pennsylvania school district plans eminent domain action

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.

Phoenixville golf course subject of eminent domain action

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.

Philadelphia artist fights city's condemnation of studio

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.

University to use eminent domain for medical school use

Homeowners and other property owners in the Philadelphia suburb of Camden are facing the possibility that Rowan University may soon use eminent domain to acquire their land for purposes associated with the needs of its relatively new Cooper Medical School. For approximately the last 11 months, the university has been locked in discussions with those who hold the titles to 22 parcels of land a block away from the school. Those negotiations have borne some fruit, culminating with the school's contractual purchase of five homes in the vicinity.

Philly council to hear eminent domain plan

Recent news came in regarding the plans of the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority seizing properties by eminent domain for an affordable housing plan. Previously, a Philadelphia city councilman had proposed taking 43 properties in the Point Breeze community by eminent domain, an unpopular plan among some property owners. Those owners said they had plans for development on their lands.

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