Case Update: Houston Flooding Cases

In a recent article, we reported on the massive filing of hundreds of just compensation cases in the Court of Federal Claims arising from flooding associated with Hurricane Harvey hitting Houston in August 2017. Chief Judge Susan Braden has consolidated all of the...

The Mojave Desert Tortoise Moves In

In the 1980s, James Doyle, a successful real estate developer, purchased over 2,440 acres of land in St. George, Utah and invested large amounts of money to plan development that included luxury homes and nine golf courses. In the early 1990s, the U.S. Fish and...

Judicial Hair Cut

In September 2015, owners of two properties–Michael and Tina Bratcher and Michael Slaughter–filed a rails-to-trails taking case in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, later amending the complaint to add 20 additional landowners.  In August 2016, Bratcher...

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...