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A primer on eminent domain in Pennsylvania

The legal process of "eminent domain," also called condemnation, gives public agencies in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania the right to force private land owners to sell their land to the agency, if the land will be used to serve a valid public purpose. Eminent domain proceedings are subject to the due process clauses of the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the United States Constitution, Title 26 of the Pennsylvania Statutes and the provisions of the specific legislation that authorizes the agency to acquire the land.

Farmer wins eminent domain fight, preserving farm and history

Understanding how to fight claims of eminent domain can be as simple as saving a family farm or preserving important Pennsylvania history. Being threatened by an eminent domain action can be unsettling and overwhelming.

Understanding eminent domain

Many Philadelphia residents are aware of common types of real estate litigation that relate to the buying and selling of property and the contracts and covenants involved. Eminent domain actions are a very different type of real estate litigation however, and one that home and property owners should understand if they want to protect their property interests.

Property owners angered by eminent domain takings

When the government wants to obtain something on a piece of land privately owned by an individual, company or someone else, they may in some circumstances be able to gain possession of it. As residents of Pennsylvania may or may not be aware, one of the common ways for a state to take ownership of a piece of land or something on it from a property owner is through eminent domain.

Adequacy of compensation for crash site at issue

A federal court in Pennsylvania is holding proceedings to determine whether adequate compensation was provided to the owner of land seized by eminent domain that encompassed the site on which United Airlines Flight 93 crashed in Somerset County on September 11, 2001. That flight was, according to authorities, hijacked by terrorists and crashed after a fight between the hijackers and passengers. The crash occurred on the same day as three other hijacked planes staged terrorist attacks.

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