Los Angeles County Flood Control District vs. Property Owner
Verdict or Settlement: $28,000,000
Representation of the owner of an operating inert landfill in an eminent domain case. The condemning agency initially offered less than $13.4 million. The case involved highest and best use issues, geology and geotechnical engineering, civil engineering, land use, site adaptability and property valuation.
Carson Redevelopment Agency vs. Property Owner
Verdict or Settlement: $10,500,000
Carson Redevelopment Agency acquired Property Owner's auto mall property by eminent domain. Major issues included highest and best use and comparable sales analysis. The condemning agency initially offered $5.4 million to acquire the underlying fee interest in the property. At trial, the jury determined fair market value to be $10.5 million.
People of the State of California ex rel Department of Transportation vs. Property Owner
Verdict or Settlement: $5,250,000
Cal Trans acquired Property Owner's freeway adjacent strip shopping center by eminent domain. Major issues included highest and best use, comparable sales and income approach to valuation.
Property Owner vs. City of Palos Verdes Estates
Verdict or Settlement: $4,700,000
This inverse condemnation trial involved a landslide attributable to a road cut affecting a bluff top, ocean view home. The City denied liability. After a multi-week trial involving geology, geotechnical engineering and property valuation issues, the Court found liability and awarded $4.7 million in compensation and litigation expenses. Other defendants, including Southern California Edison and General Telephone and Electric (Verizon), had settled prior to trial.
Property Owner vs. City of Los Angeles
Verdict or Settlement: $5,465,000
Representation of an owner of downslope property that was substantially inundated and damaged by a landslide resulting from a road cut.
City & Public Liability
Developer Clients vs. City of Chino Hills
Verdict or Settlement: $6,000,000
Represented developer clients against city and community facilities districts in the trial and appeal of a case seeking city liability arising out of a Facilities Improvement Agreement that provided for reimbursement of developers’ unreimbursed credits for backbone infrastructure. The city denied liability through trial and appeal and finally paid after our successful appeal.