Inverse Condemnation & Regulatory Takings
Inverse Condemnation & Regulatory Takings
Inverse condemnation occurs when the government takes or damages property without first paying just compensation or filing a lawsuit to acquire the property. This may occur with a physical taking such as a land seizure, denial of access, or continued possession after a lease expires. An inverse condemnation may also occur when the government places a regulation or other restriction on property that unreasonably restricts its use.
Our team of Texas eminent domain attorneys can help you navigate the inverse condemnation and regulatory takings.
Understanding Inverse Condemnation
The Constitutions of both the United States and Texas guarantee that no person should be deprived of life, liberty or property without due process of the law. Further, the Fifth Amendment of the United States Constitution and Article I, Section 17, of the Texas Constitution states that private property cannot be taken for public use without "just” or “adequate” compensation.
The right of the government to take private property for public use is known as eminent domain. In a typical eminent domain case, the government will seize a piece of property for a public use. That use may be to build a park, construct a school or other public projects.
Regardless of the reason for the taking, the government will initiate the taking and offer the property owner what it believes is fair compensation for the property. The property owner can accept this offer or fight it by establishing that the property’s fair market value is higher than what the government has offered.
In an inverse condemnation case, it is the landowner and not the government that initiates the action. The landowner alleges that the government has acquired an interest in or overly restricted the use of his or her property without just compensation as a result of the government’s action or regulation.
Examples of Inverse Condemnation & Regulatory Takings
Inverse condemnation actions generally occur when the government has over-regulated a property such that it cannot be fairly used. Not every regulation restricting the use of property goes so far as to constitute a constitutional taking. However, if the government goes too far when it imposes restrictions, denies permits or variances, or eliminates all practical use of the property, there may be an entitlement to compensation. Although the property owner still owns the property, the government’s actions have reduced or eliminated its value and/or usefulness. With the help of Barron, Adler, Clough & Oddo, PLLC’s Texas condemnation attorneys, the landowner can initiate an inverse condemnation action alleging that his property was effectively taken and seeking just compensation for the taking.
Contact the Inverse Condemnation Attorneys at Barron, Adler, Clough & Oddo, PLLC
Inverse condemnation and regulatory takings cases are often more complex than other types of eminent domain cases since the property owner must prove that his land has been rendered useless or so significantly reduced in value as a result of the government's over-regulation so as to constitute a constitutional or “regulatory” taking.
The Texas eminent domain lawyers at Barron, Adler, Clough & Oddo, PLLC have successfully represented hundreds of clients in eminent domain and inverse condemnation cases across the state, in cities including Arlington, Austin, Corpus Christi, Dallas, El Paso, Fort Worth, Houston, Lubbock, Plano and San Antonio. Contact us to discuss your inverse condemnation action and develop a plan to obtain the compensation to which you are entitled.
News & Resources
Nick Laurent Co-Presents Webinar on SCOTUS Case Addressing Taking Home Equity
September 21, 2023
On September 20, Barron, Adler Clough and Oddo attorney, Nick Laurent, co-presented a webinar for the American Bar Association to discuss the Tyler v. Hennepin County, Minnesota case and its impact on takings jurisprudence. Nick was joined by Christina Martin, a senior attorney with the Pacific Legal Foundation who argued the case to the United States Supreme Court.
Three Barron, Adler, Clough & Oddo Attorneys Named to the 2023 Texas Super Lawyers List
September 20, 2023
Barron, Adler, Clough & Oddo is pleased to recognize Managing Partner Chris Clough and Partners Nick Laurent and Roy Brandys for being included in the 2023 Texas Super Lawyers list!
Texas Parks and Wildlife Files Petition to Take Back State Park
September 12, 2023
The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) filed a petition in early September to take Fairfield State Park from landowner Todd Interests through eminent domain.
Barron, Adler Clough and Oddo Return as Sponsors to the Texas Tribune Festival
September 7, 2023
Join Barron, Adler, Clough and Oddo Sept. 21-23 in downtown Austin for The Texas Tribune Festival as they return as supporting sponsors for the 5th year.
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