CONDEMNATION/EMINENT DOMAIN IS A PROCESS BY WHICH THE GOVERNMENT AND SOMETIMES EVEN PRIVATE ENTITIES CAN OBTAIN LAND AGAINST THE WILL OF THE OWNER.
Under such circumstances, the condemning authority or private party who benefits from the condemnation must pay damages. Those damages can include not only the value of the land or right-of-way, but also business interruption and sometimes other damages as well. For more information regarding your rights, contact our eminent domain/condemnation attorneys.
Constitutional Rights of Landowners
The laws involving eminent domain and condemnation are so important that even the constitution speaks to the rights of landowners. In recent years there has been much distress over court decisions that seem to say that purely private land may be condemned even for private purpose. This has given rise to a raft of new laws and lawsuits. We think it is very important that landowners who are faced with intrusions upon their land have legal recourse. Sometimes the doctrine of de facto condemnation comes into play. In these circumstances, there is not a literal condemnation which is filed, but the actions of the government or private party may be the equivalent of condemnation. In such cases there may be damages to the landowner as well. Condemnation can be for surface or for subsurface rights. Condemnation can involve not only the taking of land, but also the interruption of the use thereof. These are very important rights that should not be neglected by any landowner.
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Attorney Cliff Rieders
Cliff Rieders is a Nationally Board Certified Trial Lawyer practicing personal injury law. A large part of his practice involves multi-district litigation, including cases related to pharmaceuticals, vitamin supplements and medical devices. He is admitted in several state and federal courts, as well as the Supreme Court of the United States. Rieders is the past regional president of the Federal Bar Association and is a life member of the distinguished American Law Institute, which promulgates proposed rules adopted by many state courts. He is a past president of the Pennsylvania Association for Justice, formerly Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association. As a founder of the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority, he served on the Board for 15 years.
Not only has Rieders held many highly esteemed, leadership positions, he authored legislation related to the Patient Safety Authority and the Mcare Act, which governs medical and hospital liability actions in Pennsylvania. He authored texts upon which both practitioners and judges rely, including Pennsylvania Malpractice Laws and Forms, and Financial Responsibility Law Issues in Pennsylvania, the latter governing auto and truck collisions in Pennsylvania. In addition, he wrote several books on the practice of law in Pennsylvania regarding wrongful death and survivor actions, insurance bad faith, legal malpractice claims and worker rights, among others. Rieders also serves as a resource to practitioners as a regular speaker for Celesq, an arm of the world’s largest legal publisher, Thomson Reuters West Publishing.
As recognition of his wide range of contribution to his profession and of his dedication to protecting the rights of his clients, he received numerous awards, among them the George F. Douglas Amicus Curiae Award, the Milton D. Rosenberg Award, the B’nai B’rith Justice Award, and awards of recognition from the Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers. [ Attorney Bio ]