What is Condemnation Law?

Under the Condemnation Law, government agencies have the power to take private property for public use and compensate the owner. But it is not without limits. They must show a public purpose and must pay just compensation to landowners.

Condemnation cases typically involve governmental agencies, but the right of taking in condemnation extends to public utilities. This power is known as eminent domain.

Quinlivan & Hughes, P.A. has been working in the area of eminent domain for over 50 years, representing clients in agricultural, commercial, and residential property takings. The firm has a wide variety of experience in handling cases involving:

  • Partial and total takings
  • Loss of access
  • Construction interference
  • Inverse condemnation cases

Can I stop it?

This is rare. Only under certain circumstances can landowners prevent their land from being taken. They would need to show before administrative process of the Public Utilities Commission that the property is not needed for the project. Landowners do have rights once the route has been approved. Learn more about steps to take and a current Minnesota project.

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