Lowball Watch – Minnesota

Chicagotribune.com reports a settlement of an eminent domain case in St. Paul. Frederick Melo, St. Paul Deli Gets $1 Million Settlement Over Easement Dispute, Chicago Tribune, May 9, 2012. Click here.  The property was a deli/convenience store/gas station. The taking was for a road improvement.

The figures were as follows: the County’s original offer was $280,000, which was revised up to $465,000. The Commissioners awarded $867,000. Both sides appealed the Commissioners’ award but the jury trial did not take place because the case just settled for $1,000,000, which includes reimbursement of  attorneys’ and expert witnesses’ fees.

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