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Tag Archives: Eminent domain

High court agrees to take on barge case

The Wisconsin Supreme Court has agreed to hear the case of a Milwaukee property owner assessed the costs of removing a sunken barge from the Menomonee River. At issue is the doctrine of “judicial estoppel,” which provides that a party ...

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2010AP1427 Stolen Farms Inc., et al. v. American Transmission Company LLC, et al.

Property Eminent domain; good faith This appeal arises out of five consolidated cases brought by landowners challenging the condemnation of their property by American Transmission Company LLC and ATC Management, Inc. (collectively, ATC). The landowners challenge ATC’s right to condemn ...

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THE DARK SIDE: Somebody moved my bowling alley

The abuse of eminent domain in the United States is at least as old as the U.S. Supreme Court's opinion in Berman v. Parker, 348 U.S. 26 (1954), in which the court shamelessly held that confiscating the property of homeowners and business owners, in order to transfer it to politically-connected cronies, was a valid public use, comparable to building a public road.

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Court confirms owner must pay to have sunken barge removed

Saying the owner of a sunken barge in Milwaukee was a “textbook example of a litigant playing fast and loose with the judicial system,” an appellate court judge Tuesday upheld more than $37,000 in environmental penalties. The case stems from ...

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