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The land at issue was previously held as a right-of-way for railroad purposes by the Iowa River Railroad, “extending from milepost 243.35 near Marshalltown, Iowa, to milepost 209, outside Steamboat Rock, Iowa, a total distance of 34.35 miles, in Marshall and Hardin Counties, Iowa.” Sears I, 124 Fed. Cl. at 446 (quoting Second Am. Compl. ¶ 4, ECF No. 33). On August 2, 2012, the Surface Transporta... More...   $686940 (03-09-2017 - DC)

Bradley B. Ware v. Texas Commission on Environmental Quality

Bradley B. Ware appeals a district court judgment affirming an order of the Texas
Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) denying an application by Ware to extend and
expand water rights previously granted him under a ten-year “term permit.” We will affirm the
district court’s judgment.
Regulatory context
This case arises under the regime of water-rights regul... More...
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Landmark Real Estate, Inc. v. McCoy Property Company, LLC and Irmas Ahwatukee, L.L.C.

Tulsa, OK - Landmark Real Estate, Inc. sued McCoy Property Company, LLC and Irmas Ahwatukee, L.L.C. on a quiet title theory.

Issue # 1. Issue: QUIET TITLE (QUIET)
Filed Date: 04/08/2016
Party Name Disposition Information
Defendant: ... More...
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State ex rel. Department of Transportation v. Cedars Group, L.L.C.

¶1 Prior to filing the condemnation proceedings the Appellee, Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT), offered the Appellants, Cedars Group, L.L.C., an Oklahoma limited liability company; Centoma, an Oklahoma limited partnership; A. Sam Coury (Coury); and Bush, Ltd. d/b/a Deer Creek Texaco, (collectively, Coury Defendants), $562,500.00 for the acquisition of certain real property. The offer w... More...   $0 (02-22-2017 - ok)

Darwin and Jean Krenz v. XTO Energy, Inc.

[¶1] XTO Energy, Inc., appeals and Darwin and Jean Krenz cross-appeal from a judgment awarding the Krenzes $800,000 for a pipeline trespass and ordering the parties to abide by certain documents for their future relationship after the district court construed a pipeline easement to authorize one pipeline on the Krenzes' land and found XTO's unauthorized construction and operation of a second pipel... More...   $0 (02-16-2017 - ND)


The defendant states that the following facts are undisputed and, for purposes of this opinion, we accept the characterization: “Duane Myrie and Oneil Mignott lived at a warehouse and at some point in time on January 21, 2011 James Rutledge and [the defendant] were present at the warehouse. [The defendant] was not armed. At some point in the warehouse, Mignott shot Rutledge and Rutledge shot Mi... More...   $0 (02-12-2017 - FL)

James Harvey Jordan v. Eddie R. Jensen

¶ 1 Here, we consider whether Utah Code section 78B-2-206 bars a challenge to a tax title based on a tax sale effected without notice to an interested party. On May 25, 2000, Uintah County conducted a tax sale, yet failed to provide the record mineral interest owners notice of the sale. Now, over a decade later, the purchaser of the tax title and the individuals who were the record owners of the m... More...   $0 (01-11-2017 - UT)

Roosevelt Simmons v. Berkeley Electric Cooperative, Inc. and St. John's Water Company, Inc.

In 2003, Simmons acquired title to two parcels of land, TMS # 283-00-00498 ("Tract 498") and TMS # 282-00-00-135 ("Tract 135"). Both parcels are undeveloped, wooded, and located along Kitford Road on Johns Island. The parcels are separated by an abandoned railroad right-of-way and were previously part of a larger tract owned by two of Simmons' predecessors-in-title, Edward Heyward and E.C. Brown. ... More...   $0 (11-23-2016 - SC)

United Food v. Wal-Mart Stores Inc.

This case is a continuation of litigation that has been ongoing between these parties
both in Arkansas and across the nation. UFCW is a national labor organization. OUR
Walmart is a subsidiary of UFCW; it is an association of current and former Walmart
employees (“associates”) and their supporters whose purpose is, in part, to help associates on
issues related to their employ... More...
   $0 (11-17-2016 - AR)


In the fall of 2009, Mr. Thornock requested that PacifiCorp provide electric service to an irrigation pivot on his property. On March 23, 2010, Mr. Thornock signed a General Service Contract (first contract) authorizing PacifiCorp to provide electric service to the pivot. The contract stated that the agreement is “between PacifiCorp, doing business as Rocky Mountain Power (“Company”), and Jason... More...   $0 (09-21-2016 - WY)

Bay Point Properties, Inc. f/k/a BP Properties, Inc. v. Mississippi Transportation Commission and Mississippi Department of Transportation

In 1952, the Mississippi State Highway Commission, MTC’s predecessor, acquired
an easement over certain property of Wallace Walker for “all highway purposes” by an
agreed judgment.3 The property was used to reconstruct a bridge spanning the Bay of St.
Louis, between Pass Christian and Bay St. Louis, after the bridge had burned in 1948.4 After
Hurricane Katrina destroyed the bridge ... More...
   $0 (07-26-2016 - MS)

Walter B. Saner v. BridgeTex Pipeline Company, LLC

BridgeTex is a limited liability company engaged in the location and construction of a pipeline in Texas for the transportation of crude petroleum. The pipeline is intended to transport crude petroleum from the Permian Basin to the Texas Gulf Coast. In January 2013, the Texas Railroad Commission designated BridgeTex as a common carrier and granted it a T-4 permit. Pursuant to its designation as... More...   $0 (07-21-2016 - TX)


Old Anchor, formerly known as Mystic Tank Lines Corporation, was an oil transportation company incorporated in Delaware and headquartered in Astoria, New York. Pls.’ Opp’n to Def.’s Mot. to Dismiss (“Pls.’ Opp’n”) Ex. 4 (Indictment, United States v. Baldari, No. 1Three separate actions are pending in this court based on these suits in the district ... More...   $0 (07-16-2016 - DC)


This post-trial opinion addresses claims by plaintiffs Dr. Richard Lewis Katzin (“Dr. Katzin”), Mary Beth Katzin Simon (“Ms. Katzin”), and Rose Marie Kjeldsen Winters (“Ms. Winters”) that the United States (the “government”) interfered with their ownership rights to a parcel of land (“Parcel 4”) which overlooks the Atlantic Ocean on Culebra Island, Puerto Rico, and that the interference effected a... More...   $0 (07-16-2016 - DC)

CJY Investment, L.L.C., et al. v. United Central Bank, et al.

Appellants, CJY Investment, L.L.C., Young Hee Chung, and Chun W. Chung, sued
appellees, James D. Yoo, Ki Na, Chong Na, Chan Chan Investment, L.L.P., Na Family
Corporation, and United Central Bank for fraud, fraud in the inducement, fraud by
nondisclosure, bank fraud, and conspiracy. The trial court granted summary judgment for
Appellants raise four issues on ap... More...
   $0 (06-21-2016 - TX)

Open Door Ministries v. Lipschuetz

In this case, Jesse Lipschuetz challenged the validity of a rooming and boarding
permit that the City and County of Denver (“the City”)1 issued to Open Door Ministries
(“Open Door”). Lipschuetz—who owns a property adjacent to Open Door’s property—
filed claims against the City and Open Door seeking revocation of the permit. Open
Door filed cross-claims against the City, seekin... More...
   $0 (05-24-2016 - CO)

Peter Barrett and Fay Barrett v. City of Gulfport, Mississippi

The instant case arises out of the City’s efforts to rebuild the antebellum home Grass
Lawn after it was destroyed during Hurricane Katrina. Grass Lawn was built in 1836, sixty
years prior to the City’s founding. Grass Lawn served as a private residence until 1973,
when the City purchased it to use as an event space for weddings, parties, and other private
events. Critically to t... More...
   $0 (04-21-2016 - MS)

A.G. Equipment Company v. City of Broken Arrow, Board of County Commissioners of Tulsa County, Oklahoma Natural Gas, Public Service Company of Oklahoma, Windstream Corporation, and Cox Communication

Tulsa, OK - A.G. Equipment Company sued the City of Broken Arrow, Board of County Commissioners of Tulsa County, Oklahoma Natural Gas, Public Service Company of Oklahoma, Windstream Corporation, and Cox Communication seeking foreclosure of an easement in the 61st Street Industrial Park.... More...   $0 (04-12-2016 - OK)

State of Oklahoma, ex rel. Department of Transportation v. Betty Joy Rowland Young, Betty Rowland Nursery School, Inc.

Tulsa, OK - The State of Oklahoma, ex rel. Department of Transportation sued Betty Joy Rowland Young and Betty Rowland Nursery School, Inc. on eminent domain theory seeking to acquire by condemnation certain rights, title and interest in real property for use for a public improvement.

The property in question was needed for a perpetual utility easement of 0.06 acres fronting on I-44.
... More...
   $0 (04-05-2016 - OK)

Price v. Philip Morris, Inc.

In February 2000, plaintiffs filed a class action lawsuit in the circuit court of Madison County against the defendant, Philip Morris, Inc. The suit alleged that defendant’s use of the terms “lights” and “lowered tar and nicotine” on the packaging and in the marketing of its Marlboro Lights and Cambridge Lights cigarettes (Lights) violated the Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act (C... More...   $0 (03-27-2016 - IL)

Pennaco Energy, Inc. v. Brett L. Sorenson, Trustee of the Brett L. Sorenson Trust Dated November 2, 2011

Sorenson owns a ranch along the Powder River near the town of Arvada, Wyoming. The ranch land is a split estate for mineral development purposes; that is, the surface estate is owned by Sorenson and the mineral estate is owned by several parties. Specifically, the minerals are owned in part by seven private parties, the State of Wyoming and Sorenson. The third party mineral owners, including t... More...   $0 (03-20-2016 - WY)


Section 1247(d) of the Trails Act prompts certain federal agencies to encourage the conversion of unused railroad rights-of-way into recreational trails by state and local governments or private entities. See 16 U.S.C. § 1247 (2012). One of these federal agencies, the Surface Transportation Board (“STB”), is tasked with regulating the construction, operation, and abandonment of railroad lines in t... More...   $0 (03-13-2016 - DC)

United States of America v. Wildlife Management, L.L.C. and James Tong

San Francisco, CA - Real Estate Development Company And Its President Ordered To Pay $1 Million In Restitution For Securities Fraud And Wildlife Violations

Judgment Includes Order To Provide 107-Acre Conservation Easement Valued At $3 Million

Wildlife Management, LLC, an Alameda County development company, and its President, James Tong, were sentenced for securities fraud and vio... More...
   $0 (03-11-2016 - CA)

State of North Dakota v. Donald Michael Bear

On November 23, 2013, while patrolling on an alleged section line in a state vehicle, Greg Hastings, a state game warden, followed hunters northwest of Jamestown and struck a large rock, damaging the vehicle. After observing the accident, the hunters approached Hastings, and based on their conversation, Hastings learned Bear had allegedly put the rock in that location. While the vehicle was being ... More...   $0 (02-16-2016 - ND)


Sharron and Gerald Jenkins received, by quitclaim deed, property that had previously been used by the Chicago, Kansas and Nebraska Railway Company, the predecessor of Chicago Pacific Corporation, (Chicago Pacific) as a railroad track
running through the town of Holton. Use of the property as a railroad track has long since been abandoned. Gerald is now deceased and Sharron filed a quiet title... More...
   $0 (02-10-2016 - KS)

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