True North Law asks court to hold the federal government liable for taking additional Sarasota landowners’ property

True North Law represents hundreds of Sarasota, Florida, landowners in three lawsuits filed in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims.  In the most recently-filed lawsuit, Barron, et al. v. United States, Thor Hearne has filed a comprehensive motion for summary judgment asking the court to hold the government liable for taking 18 landowners’ property...

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U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit hears oral argument in important Fifth Amendment taking case in which True North Law filed an amicus brief

This week, the Federal Circuit held oral argument in the appeal of an important Fifth Amendment taking case where the federal government took private landowners’ property in Missouri for a public recreational rail-trail.  The lower court erroneously held that, even though the railroad had only an easement across the landowners’ property (instead...

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After Trial, Court Issues Sweeping Ruling in Favor of Georgia Landowners Represented by Thor Hearne

Following a trial in Atlanta, Georgia, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims has issued its decision awarding the plaintiff-landowners the full value of their property taken by the federal government for the creation of a recreational rail-trail across their properties. “This is a sweeping win and total vindication for these landowners,” said Thor...

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Thor Hearne argues in the 11th Circuit for Florida farmer whose land was taken by a natural gas pipeline company

Federal appeal stems from pipeline company’s refusal to fully compensate the landowner under Florida law, including payment of attorney fees. In Sabal Trail Transmission v. 18.27 Acres, the pipeline company only offered to pay the Thomas family a fraction of the value of the property that a jury later determined the Thomas family’s property was...

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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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