Judge Rules PennDOT Highway Plans Were De Facto Taking

April 17, 2012 – In The News
PA Law Weekly / The Legal Intelligencer
A Philadelphia judge recently ruled that the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) caused a "de facto" taking of a property slated to be developed for a condominium project when PennDOT announced its plans to build an access ramp for I-95.

David B. Snyder, co-chair of the firm’s Eminent Domain/Condemnation Practice, represents the property owners. Snyder agrees with the judge’s decision, and according to him, “at the end of the day the Commonwealth Court” will find that the judge made the appropriate findings. Snyder also believes that the judge’s decision is important because it would value the property at it’s worth in 2006, when there was higher value in the property, as opposed to the property’s value in 2009, when PennDOT filed it’s declaration of taking.