Federal Takings

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Federal Takings

Rock Island Railroad Corridor


Case Update: Abbott v. United States

More than 350 landowners have filed their inverse condemnation claims against the federal government in Benton, Cole, Franklin, Gasconade, Maries, Miller, Morgan, Osage and Pettis Counties. We have submitted the claims of these 350 owners to the Court and the government is currently reviewing them. We are also filing additional claims on behalf of other eligible landowners.


Missouri Clears the Path for the Rock Island Trail

As more work on the Rock Island rail-to-trail project gets underway, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch investigated the impact of the federal government’s takings along the former railroad. The article, titled “Missouri Clears the Path for a Companion to the Katy Trail,” reports on the background, natural tourism, costs and benefits, and local opinions on the project.


Growing Interest in Rock Island Rails-to-Trails

Our cases relating to the Rock Island Railroad corridor are getting a lot of attention. The Kansas City Star recently wrote an editorial, “Pick Up the Pace on Building Rock Island Trail across Missouri,” stating that “when done, [the Rock Island Trail] could stretch a couple hundred scenic miles across the state and finally help link the Kansas City area to the highly popular Katy Trail.”


Arent Fox Files ‘Rails to Trails’ Takings Claim Involving Missouri’s Rock Island Railroad Corridor

Washington, DC — Arent Fox LLP’s nationally recognized Fifth Amendment Takings & Eminent Domain litigation team has filed a lawsuit in the US Court of Federal Claims on behalf of more than 200 Missouri landowners seeking to be justly compensated for land the federal government took from them. These Missourians owned the land under the now abandoned land along the Rock Island Railroad right-of-way. The federal government took these owners’ land to build a public recreational hiking and biking trail.


Federal Government Issues Order Taking Missouri Landowners’ Property for Rock Island Rail-Trail

On February 26, 2015, the federal Surface Transportation Board issued a Notice of Interim Trail Use or Abandonment (NITU) affecting approximately 144 miles of the abandoned Rock Island Railroad corridor through Missouri. The NITU was requested by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources in order to convert the abandoned railroad corridor (owned by the Missouri Central Railroad) to a recreational hiking and biking trail.


Baker, et al v. The United States of America — Case No. 1:14-cv-00548-NBF

More than 12 Missouri landowners owning property in Cass, Pettis, Johnson, and Henry Counties, Missouri have filed their inverse condemnation claims against the federal government. These landowners own land abutting a 42-mile long right-of-way extending from Wingate to Windsor, Missouri.

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