Inverse Condemnation

Definition of "Inverse condemnation"

A legal action against government when property rights have been compromised or usurped by a government activity without a formal condemnation or eminent domain procedure. For example, the state constructs an interstate highway on the edge of an individual's property and blocks the view of the ocean because of the erection of fences and signs. the property owner institutes an inverse condemnation action to recover the loss in property value sustained by the construction of the expressway.

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