Sarasota Landowners Represented by Thor Hearne and True North Law File Motion Asking Court to Hold the Government Liable for Taking Property for the Sarasota Legacy Trail

About 200 Sarasota landowners whose property was taken for the development of the northern extension of the Legacy Trail public recreational rail-trail filed a motion in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims asking the court to hold the federal government liable for taking their land without paying them compensation.  The motion was filed by Thor...

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Sarasota landowners affected by Legacy Trail up-in-arms about government’s taking and treatment of their property

As described in the Sarasota Herald-Tribune’s front-page story, Sarasota residents living along the Legacy Trail are enduring painful and unnecessary hardships due to the federal government’s taking of their land and the county’s construction of the Legacy Trail.  Thor Hearne and True North Law represent hundreds of these affected landowners, and...

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TRUE NORTH DEMANDS FULL COMPENSATION DUE LANDOWNERS

​The federal government took hundreds of Sarasota landowners’ property to extend the Legacy Trail.  But rather than pay these owners that compensation the government admits they are owed, the government filed a motion arguing that the compensation it must pay should be decreased due to the “scope of the trail sponsor’s interest obtained by...

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True North Law Files Amicus Brief In US Supreme Court On Behalf Of Property Owner

True North Law Files Amicus Brief In US Supreme Court On Behalf Of Property Owner

True North Law filed an amicus curiae (or “friend of the court”) brief in the United States Supreme Court urging the Court to review the case of a Hawaii property owner who was prohibited from developing its land by the State of Hawaii.  True North filed its brief on behalf of four prestigious national property rights organizations and an esteemed property law scholar: Owners’ Counsel of America, the National Association of Reversionary Property Owners, NFIB Small Business Legal Center, Reason Foundation, and Law Professor Shelley Ross Saxer.

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True North Law Files Federal Lawsuit on behalf of landowners to stop Sarasota County from removing Legacy Trail “Encroachments”

True North Law Files Federal Lawsuit on behalf of landowners to stop Sarasota County from removing Legacy Trail “Encroachments”

Thor Hearne and True North Law have filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida to stop Sarasota County from removing what the county calls “encroachments” on the Legacy Trail corridor.  The lawsuit asks the judge to enter a temporary restraining order and injunction against Sarasota County to stop the...

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Bloomberg Law article on the Court of Appeals Decision

Bloomberg Law article on the Court of Appeals Decision

The owners of land adjacent to a former railroad line converted to a hiking trail under the rails-to-trails program will have another chance to pursue takings claims after the Federal Circuit said the government failed to prove that the landowners didn’t own the property beneath the rail line. A Florida-law doctrine known as the “centerline...

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