Hendrick Bryant Nerhood Sanders & Otis attorneys filed more than 60 Beltway lawsuits on Monday, April 27, 2015 in the Forsyth County Courthouse.
“With the recent N.C. Court of Appeals ruling in the Kirby case, property owners are contacting us daily to bring their inverse condemnation lawsuit against the N.C. Department of Transportation,” said lead counsel, Matthew Bryant.
The Kirby v. N.C. Department of Transportation ruling declared that the NCDOT’s use of the Map Act Corridors on property owners in Forsyth, Wake, Guilford, Cleveland, and Cumberland Counties amounts to an inverse taking. Inverse condemnation is when the government takes part or all of your ownership interest without compensating the property owner. In Forsyth County, the NCDOT locked up many property owners in the Northern Beltway since 1997 and another group since 2008.
Here is a link to the Winston-Salem Journal article on the recent case filings: http://www.journalnow.com/news/local/dozens-more-sue-the-state-over-northern-beltway-project/article_6606263a-ed41-11e4-9203-970fd152fde2.html
There are two competing bills in the Senate to repeal the Map Act. Citizens affected by the property, should contact their Senator and urge their Senator to vote for the bill that totally repeals the Map Act. The House bill passed 114-0 and is a total repeal of the Map Act.
“At some point the clock is going to start running on when property owners can file their inverse condemnation lawsuits against the NCDOT. These owners that filed want to get their answers and due compensation sooner rather than later,” said Mr. Bryant, a NC condemnation attorney.