The 9th Circ. Stance On Transwestern Pipeline

Law360, New York (April 3, 2009, 12:00 AM EDT) -- A recent decision by the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit will have a major impact on condemnation actions brought under the Natural Gas Act.

In Transwestern Pipeline Co. v. 17.19 Acres of Property Located in Maricopa County, 550 F.3d 770 (9th Cir. 2008), the Ninth Circuit set forth a procedure that will allow pipeline companies to obtain possession of the property interests necessary for a pipeline project at an early stage of the condemnation process.

The decision addresses an issue that divided courts in...
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