Federal Takings

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Federal Takings

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The Wall Street Journal Story on Mexican Border Wall Features Federal Takings’ Clients and their Border-imposed Struggles

John Ladd, a Bisbee, Arizona rancher who owns and operates a ranch with his family along the U.S.-Mexican border, was quoted in a feature article published yesterday in The Wall Street Journal. Ladd and his family fought the federal government in court for almost a decade over the takings of the family’s ranchland. The land at the center of the protracted court battle further complicates the effort to curb illegal immigration along the US-Mexico border.

Soon to Be Resolved: Cochise County Record Discusses Ten Year Legal Battle Over Railroad Land

There may finally be an end in sight for Jack Ladd et al v. United States, a decade-long federal court battle involving a number of Cochise County landowners who sued the US government for interfering with private property rights linked to railroad easements issued under the General Railroad Right-of-Way Act of 1875.

Arent Fox Supreme Court Appeal Praised by National Eminent Domain Law Website – Scholars to Submit Amicus Brief in Support

On August 26, Federal Takings filed a petition for certiorari in the U.S. Supreme Court in a case that could re-shape how attorney fees are awarded under the Fifth Amendment when the government takes private property. Arent Fox’s petition was featured by “Inversecondemnation.com,” a nationally-recognized blog on eminent domain law.

The Federalist Society’s SCOTUScast talks with Partner Thor Hearne about Harris Case Post-Decision

The Federalist Society recently asked Arent Fox partner Thor Hearne to discuss his Supreme Court case, Harris vs. Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission, and the possible ramifications of the April 2016 deciding outcome.

The Bedford Times-Mail Features Second “Rails to Trails” Case in Indiana

An Indiana newspaper covering Bedford and Lawrence counties recently reported on Arent Fox’s continued representation of landowners in the area, specifically for property that was taken for the Milwaukee Trail extending between Bedford and Crane. Arent Fox estimates that around 50 landowners are now eligible to qualify for a claim in the case of Schulenburg v. United States. A public meeting, during which Arent Fox attorneys will discuss the case, will be held on Tuesday, August 23, 2016 at the Bedford Holiday Inn Express.


Arent Fox Federal Takings Team Lauded by Inversecondemnation.com For Delivering Results

On June 15, Judge Thomas C. Wheeler of the United States Court of Federal Claims ruled that the 2008 federal bailout of the American International Group, the large insurer, was too severe and that the rescue was illegal.


Indiana Public Media Talks with Partner Thor Hearne about Indiana Rails-to-Trails Case

Arent Fox partner Thor Hearne was quoted by Indiana Public Media in an article about a class action rails-to-trails case in Indiana that includes more than 60 plaintiffs.


The Daily News and Muskegon Chronicle Feature ‘Rails to Trails’ Cases in Michigan

A pair of Michigan newspapers recently covered two rails to trails cases Arent Fox is litigating. The Daily News reported that “local landowners along the Fred Meijer River Valley Rail Trail may soon be entitled to some long overdue funds” following a town hall meeting that was held by Arent Fox in Lowell, Michigan to let property owners know of their rights in the class action case Faussett, et al v. United States.


Partner Thor Hearne Talks with Covington News about Norfolk Southern ‘Rails to Trail’s Case

Complex Litigation partner Thor Hearne spoke with the Covington News for a feature article on the Norfolk Southern railroad corridor and a complaint filed by Arent Fox LLP in US claims court on May 9 on behalf of a number of Newton County landowners that seeks compensation from the federal government for taking control of a portion of their land.


Supreme Court Backs Landowners in Abandoned Railway Dispute

In March, the United States Supreme Court ruled in favor of the landowner in a pivotal Fifth Amendment property rights case that will allow thousands of people to maintain ownership of millions of acres of land across the country. By an 8-1 vote in Brandt v. United States, the Court preserved the certainty and predictability in land titles and upheld one of the fundamental policies of the country’s property law system.

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