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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 Testifies before Congress on Voting Rights Legislation

On June 24th, Thor testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Administration’s Subcommittee on Elections.  The hearing was titled, “Voting in America: A National Perspective on the Right to Vote, Methods of Election, Jurisdictional Boundaries, and Redistricting.”  A recording of Thor’s testimony is available at:  https://cha.house.gov/committee-activity/hearings/voting-america-national-perspective-right-vote-methods-election

 

“Elections must be conducted according to clearly written laws that are faithfully followed and administered by election officials with transparency and without partisan bias,” Thor stated in his prepared testimony.  “Every eligible citizen, irrespective of their race, color or heritage, must have equal opportunity to cast a ballot, and every American must be confident that every lawfully cast ballot is accurately counted,” Thor continued.  “It is always easy to convince the winning candidate that he or she won.  But the test of a fair and honest election is when the losing candidate and his or her supporters accept the outcome as the will of the voters.  The legitimacy of the rule of law depends upon the electorate’s confidence in the conduct of our elections.”

 Thor served as a principal advisor to the Commission on Federal Election Reform chaired by former President Jimmy Carter and former Secretary of State James A. Baker, III.

 Thor’s prepared testimony is available here.

True North Law Files Brief in Support of Landowners regarding Supreme Court’s Property Rights Decision

On June 23rd, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a landmark property rights decision in Cedar Point Nursery v. Hassid.  True North Law filed a brief in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims regarding the Supreme Court’s decision in Cedar Point Nursery, explaining how the Supreme Court’s decision affects Trails Act taking cases.  True North’s brief is available here, and the Supreme Court’s decision is available here

Cedar Point Nursery owned a strawberry farm in California.  Cedar Point Nursery challenged a California regulation granting labor organizations a “right to take access” to its private property for up to three hours a day, 120 hours a year, for the purpose of recruiting the owners’ employees to join a labor union.  Cedar Point Nursery challenged this regulation as a per se physical taking of their private property in violation of the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments.

The Supreme Court agreed that the California regulation compelling landowners to allow union organizers a limited right of access to their property imposed a “servitude or easement” upon the owners’ land, which took the owners’ right to exclude others from their property.

As set forth in our brief, the Supreme Court’s decision, holding that a regulation imposing a servitude or easement upon an owner’s property is a per se physical taking for which the Takings Clause “imposes a clear and categorical obligation to provide the owner with just compensation,” emphatically supports the claims of landowners in Trails Act taking cases.

About Us

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.

Practice Areas

Expertise

Property Rights

& Eminent Domain


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

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Constitutional

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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Complex

Commercial Litigation


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

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Appellate Litigation

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
Professionals

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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Success Stories

 

“Mr. Hearne,

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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