Lowball Watch — Ohio

Columbus Business First of May 16, 2013, reports ¬†that a Franklin County jury disagreed with the city’s valuation of eminent domain land acquisition for a beautification project in Westerville. The city had offered the owner $145,000, but the verdict was $1,320,000. See Brian R. Ball, Westerville Whacked With $1.3 M Verdict in Eminent-Domain Case – click here.

The article gives no indication¬† of the specific factual or legal bone of contention that separated the parties’ opinions of value, but the verdict came to over nine times the city’s offer.

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