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Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Eminent Domain: A Handbook of Condemnation Law

The ABA Section of State and Local Government Law has published Eminent Domain: a Handbook of Condemnation Law (KF5599.E468 2011), which is now on the law library's new titles shelf. All eight chapters are authored by different contributors who focus on a specific area of eminent domain including, among other topics, the principles of "public use" and "public purpose" as well as "just compensation," which is owed to the property owner for the seizure of property. The chapter covering "public use" and public purpose" summarizes the Michigan Supreme Court case, County of Wayne v. Hathcock, and the U.S. Supreme Court case, Kelo v. City of New London, which had opposite results on these matters. Measures available to those who choose to fight the attempted seizure of property and the litigation process involved are covered in Chapters 6 and 7, and this book also discusses actions taken by the government that result in damage such as the flooding of property. A table of cases and a state-by-state survey of public use standards are included in the appendices.

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