Eminent Domain

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Eminent Domain

The right of a government to force the sale of real estate by a private individual or corporation in certain cases. For example, if a municipality is building a road, it may exercise eminent domain to purchase the land along which the road is going to run. While the private owners are paid for these purchases, they may not refuse to sell. The term is most common in the United States. The concept is called compulsory purchase in the United Kingdom and compulsory acquisition in Australia.

eminent domain

The power of government to take land for the public good with the payment of just compensation.See condemnation.

Eminent Domain

The right of a government authority to take private property for public use and paying fair compensation to the owner.
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Thus Americans adopted and began to use the concept of the right of eminent domain as natural-law thinking tended to take over in the United States.
The city of New London decided to exercise the right of eminent domain and ordered the development company to condemn the 15 lots.
387) According to the Court, "[t]he proper view of the right of eminent domain seems to be, that it is a right belonging to a sovereignty to take private property for its own public uses, and not for those of another.
Many have said that LTD will have to exercise its right of eminent domain to take their property, and many businesses say they will fight that.
The reopening will begin yet another chapter in the storied history of the property, which was landmarked in 1965, more than six decades after New York City exercised its right of eminent domain and designated the tavern as a park.
While the organization, a federal entity, could claim the right of eminent domain of properties along the trail, Eck noted that the organization never has used that right and does not anticipate having to do so to complete the Backbone Trail.
It just needs a strong government that is determined to exercise its right of eminent domain.
The companies that build interstate pipelines have the right of eminent domain through federal law.
The powerful right of eminent domain exercised through condemnation allows governments to acquire property even if landowners don't want to sell.