Patterson Law Expropriation Blog

Patterson Law routinely represents parties involved in all aspects of expropriation cases. Our expropriation practice is national in scope and we represent all classes of parties to expropriations.

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By Expropriation Group on 4/29/2014 9:15 AM

This is a follow-up to our two-part article after the Supreme Court of Canada’s decision in Antrim Truck Centre Ltd v Ontario (Transportation), 2013 SCC 13, in which we intend to look at the effect of the Supreme Court’s decision in this case through two recent expropriation decisions...

By Expropriation Group on 4/1/2014 8:00 AM

In this recent decision by the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench, the Plaintiffs sought compensation from the Defendant in an action brought by Statement of Claim under s. 29(3) of the Alberta Expropriation Act after a portion of their land was expropriated by the Defendant. Later, the Plaintiffs amended the Statement of Claim to include various tort claims against the Defendant. The Defendant applied at a case management conference to strike those portions of the amended Statement of Claim which claimed the expropriation was void or voidable and to sever the remaining tort claims from those made under the Act...

By Expropriation Group on 2/11/2014 11:56 AM
Patterson Law is proud to have been recognized once again as a “Highly Recommended” firm in the 2014 edition of Benchmark Canada, a "Definitive Guide to Canada's Leading Litigation Firms & Attorneys"...
By Expropriation Group on 1/24/2014 1:05 PM
The power of eminent domain is being reshaped by court rulings and legislation, so it is essential that eminent domain and land use practitioners stay abreast of all of these changes. Partner Rob Pineo and associate lawyers Michael Scott and Jeremy Smith refresh their expertise by attending this 3-day conference in New Orleans. Presented by the American Law Institute, the "Eminent Domain and Land Valuation Litigation" Conference is an excellent opportunity for Rob, Mike and Jeremy to share valuable experiences and engage in healthy debate on cutting-edge issues.
By Expropriation Group on 1/9/2014 11:29 AM
An expropriation from a landowner by the government typically involves the taking of privately-held land for a public purpose, such as the building of roads or improvements to existing roads, acquiring land for municipal expansion, acquiring land or an interest in land for the construction of public buildings, and so forth.

However, there are instances where a private entity such as a corporation can become an “expropriating authority” with the right to take privately-held land and have it vested in the corporation. Mining is an example where a private corporation can become an authority with the right to expropriate land from a landowner who does not agree to sell...
By Expropriation Group on 12/9/2013 11:39 AM
This decision of the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board follows from Visser (Re), 2013 NSUARB 180, in which the UARB awarded damages for injurious affection caused by highway construction undertaken by the Province.  In this second decision, the Board heard the issue of whether death relieves the Crown of its obligation to compensate an owner under the Expropriation Act for injurious affection when no lands were expropriated...
By Expropriation Group on 11/1/2013 8:08 AM
Rob Pineo presented at the International Right of Way Association's Fall Seminar on October 18, 2013. His chosen topic was "The Expropriation of Easements".  We are posting his paper here for the convenience of those who could not attend the conference.
By Expropriation Group on 10/17/2013 8:48 AM
In this recent Alberta Court of Appeal decision, the court heard an appeal from the Alberta Land Compensation Board in which the Board had found that the parties had agreed to a binding settlement agreement...
By Expropriation Group on 10/15/2013 9:25 AM
Rob will be presenting at the International Right of Way Association's Fall Seminar in Moncton this coming Friday, October 18, 2013. His chosen topic is "The Expropriation of Easements"...
By Expropriation Group on 9/20/2013 10:35 AM
The Applicants in this matter, represented by the Patterson Law Expropriation Team, were recently successful in a claim for damages for injurious affection caused by highway construction conducted by the Attorney General of Nova Scotia.