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Eminent Domain Litigation

If the government takes private property the Constitution requires the government to pay the landowner “just compensation” for that property the government took form the landowner.  The Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution says, “No person shall…be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.”

Every state constitution contains a similar provision protecting an owner’s right to their private property.  Depending upon the circumstances of your case, you may also be entitled to be paid additional compensation for what the government took and the expenses you may have incurred in defending your right to be compensated.  The federal Uniform Relocation Act, 42 U.S.C. § 4601, et seq., requires the federal government (or a state government using federal funds or acting under federal authority) to pay your legal fees and litigation expenses.  The text of the Uniform Relocation Act is available here.


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Thor Hearne Addresses Hundreds of Eminent Domain Attorneys at National Seminar

In February, Thor Hearne addressed hundreds of attorneys from across the country on recent developments in eminent domain litigation, including True North Law’s pending Trails Act appeal in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.  The conference, the American Law Institute’s national Eminent Domain and Land Valuation Litigation Seminar, was held in New Orleans and is the highest-attended conference for lawyers who specialize in eminent domain law.

Thor was joined by Andrew Brigham, founding partner of the Brigham Property Rights Law Firm in Florida, who spoke on the two firms’ collaboration in successfully litigating multiple cases on behalf of Florida landowners for the taking of their land by the Sabal Trail Transmission pipeline company.  Thor and Andrew highlighted the landowners’ victory in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit last year against the pipeline company.  For more information on the Sabal Trail litigation, see here

Sarasota Landowners Represented by True North Law File Final Comprehensive Summary Judgment Brief

True North Law files additional brief supporting the landowners’ summary judgment motion arguing 214 landowners must be paid compensation
Two hundred fourteen Sarasota, Florida, landowners represented by True North Law filed their concluding brief in 4023 Sawyer Road I LLC, et al. v. United States in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims supporting their pending motion for summary judgment.  The landowners took advantage of the recent decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Barlow v. United States, where the court of appeals ruled that Illinois landowners were entitled to compensation because the original deeds between the owners’ predecessors-in-title to the railroad conveyed only an easement to the railroad for operation of railway.  In Barlow, the Federal Circuit considered many of the same types of deeds at issue in 4023 Sawyer Road and the related case of Barron v. United States.  Although Barlow involved Illinois law, Florida law tracks Illinois law on these points.

The landowners motion for summary judgment is available here, and the government’s cross-motion for summary judgment is available here.  The landowners’ concluding brief is available here.  The landowners in Barron also filed a notice with the court, advising the court that the Federal Circuit’s decision in Barlow also supports the Barron landowners’ pending motion for summary judgment.  The Barron notice of supplemental authority is available here

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True North Law Group


True North Law Group is a Thor Hearne law firm, making us an authority in property rights and appellate litigation.

We have spent the last 30 years ardently fighting for the rights of our clients in a variety of constitutional and appellate law cases, including pioneering rails-to-trails compensation law and winning more cases on behalf of landowners than any other firm.

Your constitutional rights should never be infringed – particularly by the government – and we have devoted our practice to protecting and defending citizens through dedicated trial advocacy.

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Property Rights

& Eminent Domain

Protecting your 5th Amendment rights so that you receive just compensation for your property.

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Law & Voting Rights

Ensuring laws comply with the constitutions at the state and federal level, including fair elections and voting rights.

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Commercial Litigation

Advocating for businesses in complex property valuation, patent disputes, eminent domain lawsuits & more.

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Federal & State Courts

Professional appellate litigation attorneys at all levels, including US circuit courts, state Supreme Courts and the US Supreme Court.

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Tax Court Litigation

Conservation Easements

Representing clients in tax courts for IRS disputes in land valuation, conservation easements, retirement benefits & more.

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Trial Advocacy

Federal & State Courts

Experienced trial attorneys representing clients in a range of technical areas of law, including property rights, patents & more.

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We appreciate your work in representing the homeowners along the Legacy Trail in Mission Valley, Nokomis, FL.  The case was Rogers v. U.S.  Over a decade-long fight your firm held fast and was successful.  Thanks!”

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