Richard DeAngelis and Meredith Rubin Obtained a New Jersey Appellate Victory in Condemnation Case

12.05.2023
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Connell Foley Real Estate and Land Use practice group partner Richard DeAngelis and associate Meredith Rubin have stopped New Jersey’s Cinnaminson Township from acquiring property owned by the firm’s client, Cove House LLC, for the second time in as many years.

Most recently, Connell Foley appealed a trial court decision affirming the Township’s right to take the Cove House property. The trial upheld the designation of the property under criterion (d) of Section 5 of the Local Redevelopment and Housing Law. The Connell Foley team argued that the Township’s designation was not supported by substantial evidence as required by statute and case law—and won.

Connell Foley first thwarted the Township’s attempt to take Cove House’s property by eminent domain last year, when the firm filed a Motion for Reconsideration alleging the trial court had erred when it did not dismiss the matter due to the Township’s failure to adhere to the jurisdictional requirements under the Eminent Domain Act. The trial court agreed, reversed its prior ruling, dismissed that condemnation action, and awarded fees.

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