Winchester 700 v. Western Riverside County Regional Conservation Authority

Bradford Beau Kuhn

Case Conclusion Date:January 1, 2010

Practice Area:Real Estate

Outcome:After completion of the arbitration, the parties reached a settlement by which the RCA paid more than $70 million.

Description:Represented the owner of a 454-acre property in Riverside County that the Regional Conservation Authority (commonly known as the "RCA") had deemed necessary for conservation as part of its Multiple Species Habitat Conservation Plan. The RCA and the County refused to process Winchester's development entitlements, yet they never made an offer to purchase, instead "de facto" conserving the property. Under threat of an inverse condemnation action, Mr. Kuhn assisted Winchester in an arbitration in which the RCA presented appraisal testimony of a value below $30 million.