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Los Angeles Unified School District v. Meruelo Maddux Properties

Case Conclusion Date: 01.01.2009

Practice Area: Real estate

Outcome: After a court trial on a right-to-take challenge, the matter resolved at a mediation for $50 million, which was tens of millions of dollars less than the owner's appraiser's valuation.

Description: Represented LAUSD in connection with the condemnation of a vacant, 24-acre industrial property (a former rail yard) for the construction of a new high school. In addition to the condemnation-related issues, the historic use of the property as a rail yard meant that the litigation encompassed myriad unique issues, including issues of contamination, overlapping easements, and undocumented encroachments.

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