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Jonathan Houghton Obtained a Favorable Corridor Valuation Decision from the New York Appellate Division, Second Department; Condemnor Held Liable for $67 Million.

Jonathan Houghton obtained a favorable Corridor Valuation decision from the New York Appellate Division, Second Department.

The decision is titled New York Central Lines v. State, 2016 NY Slip Op 05633 (2d Dep’t, July 27, 2016).

The decision will result in an award that will exceed $67 million dollars.  The State argued that the condemnee, CSX Transportation, Inc., was not entitled to any amount of just compensation.

This Second Department decision, along with a prior Second Department decision obtained as a result of this litigation,  New York Central Lines v. State, 101 A.D.3d 966 (2d Dep’t 2012), will establish the standards for valuing railroad corridors in New York State.

Michael Rikon will have an article “Good, Better, Best – Never let it rest, zoning and the highest and best use concept in condemnation” published in the May/June Vol. 16, Issue 6 of the New York Zoning Law and Practice Report published by Thomson Reuters.

Michael Rikon will have an article “Good, Better, Best – Never let it rest, zoning and the highest and best use concept in condemnation” published in the May/June Vol. 16, Issue 6 of the New York Zoning Law and Practice Report published by Thomson Reuters.

Jonathan Houghton spoke at the National Business Institute Seminar on Eminent Domain Actions

Jonathan Houghton spoke at the National Business Institute Seminar on Eminent Domain Actions. The Seminar, titled “Attorneys’ Guide to Local Government Law” was held on July 30, 2015 in Long Island, New York at the Four Points by Sheraton Plainview. Houghton’s presentation covered topics such as federal, state, and local requirements, property appraisals and valuation, and environmental concerns and considerations.

An article Michael Rikon co-authored with Boston Attorney James D. Masterman, “Rearranging the Deck Chairs when the Ship is Going Down: Protecting Your Condemnation Record for Appeal,” will be published in the May 2015 issue of The Practical Real Estate Lawyer.

An article Michael Rikon co-authored with Boston Attorney James D. Masterman, “Rearranging the Deck Chairs when the Ship is Going Down: Protecting Your Condemnation Record for Appeal,” will be published in the May 2015 issue of The Practical Real Estate Lawyer.