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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Summary: DUBAI -- An Emirati lawyer, 29, was charged by the Court of First Instance with fraud and forgery as he is accused of forging the signature of his divorced wife and expropriating a car plate.
No 55 of 2011 expropriating certain real estate for public benefit.
The Bankruptcy Court's TRO caused the Russian Government to admit more openly that it was expropriating YUKOS' assets, by using a 100% Russian Government-owned company to buy Yuganskneftegaz and by making public statements at the end of 2004.
THE Education Ministry keeps expropriating property -- sometimes holding on to it for over ten years -- to meet its long term needs and maintain over 200 school boards whose function is duplicated by local councils, Auditor-general Chrystalla Georghadji told the House Watchdog Committee yesterday.