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Friday, December 7, 2012

Fifty State Survey: The Law of Eminent Domain

The ABA's Condemnation, Zoning & Land Use Committee has recently published The Law of Eminent Domain, a fifty state survey designed to provide a single resource for practitioners. This compendium contains chapters covering a specific state that are authored by experts in eminent domain for that particular state. While the depth of information varies from state to state, each chapter provides concise information and contains listings of statutes and numerous citations to cases. The authors focus on who has the power to take property, what property can be condemned, the proceedings, inverse condemnation, ownership interests, what constitutes "just compensation," abandonment, and attorney fees/ litigation, and many chapters contain a response to the Supreme Court eminent domain case, Kelo v. City of New London, 545 U.S. 469 (2005). This is an excellent source for those for those who need quick information as well as a starting point for more thorough research. The law library now has this book in the new titles shelf across from the circulation desk.

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