The Government’s About Face

In 2014, Claimants, who owned 659 parcels of land, and the Government entered into an agreement to settle the pending rails-to-trails taking claims for a payment of $110 million in just compensation to 253 class members.  The takings case had been filed in the U.S....

A Drug Deal Gone Bad

Plaintiffs, Craig Patty and Thomas Expeditors, LLC, operate a successful trucking company, and in 2011, they hired Lawrence Chapa as a driver for a new truck the company had purchased (a red 2006 Kenworth T600).  However, Chapa was secretly  working undercover for the...

Jumping the Gun

In 2014, California passed legislation limiting the amount of “carcinogenic hexavalent chromium” in public drinking water to ten parts per billion, effective January 1, 2020. Following passage of the legislation, the Sacramento Suburban Water District, which provides...

Lost and Found: Recovering Paid Attorneys’ Fees

In Lost Tree Village Corporation v. United States, a taking case, the Court of Federal Claims awarded the plaintiff reimbursement of all the attorneys’ fees and expenses it had actually paid—totaling $2,021,257.72. The court rejected the Government’s arguments that...
The Supreme Court’s Penchant for Raisins

The Supreme Court’s Penchant for Raisins

In the last two years, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear and has now issued two favorable rulings in what has become the most famous raisin case of all times—Horne v. United States Department of Agriculture. As our regular readers know, in Horne the petitioners...