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Inverse Condemnation

Some of you may or may not know this, but I have spent an enormous amount of time over the last five years working on a case that went to the North Carolina Supreme Court.  The Supreme Court issued an opinion in my client’s favor in March of 2018.  The case finally ended in June of this year and it is nice to have it finished.   The case involved an inverse condemnation claim.
 
Two excellent attorneys, Matt Nichols and Kip Nelson, worked on the case with me at the Supreme Court.
 
My clients, the Wilkies, were excellent to work with.  The Wilkies fought for their rights for six years.  Litigation is stressful for litigants as well as attorneys. 
 
The Supreme Court Opinion can be found here https://appellate.nccourts.org/opinions/?c=1&pdf=36667
 
The Supreme Court remanded the case back to the Court of Appeals.  The Court of Appeals issued an opinion in favor of my clients in December of 2018 and that opinion can be found here
https://appellate.nccourts.org/opinions/?c=2&pdf=37714

If is anyone is interest in reading the first Court of Appeals Decision in this case that was reversed, that opinion can be found here https://appellate.nccourts.org/opinions/?c=2&pdf=34911
 
Simply, inverse condemnation occurs when a governmental entity takes private property without instituting a condemnation proceeding.  And, a property owner need not prove the government’s motives.
 
If you feel that a city, county, or other governmental entity has “taken” your real estate, please contact me.  You might have an inverse condemnation claim.  I am happy to speak with you about your case.
 
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