Offers Can Establish Value In Condemnations: Pa. High Court

Law360, Philadelphia (May 30, 2013, 2:13 PM EDT) -- The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that “bona fide” offers to purchase property subject to condemnation can be admitted as evidence to establish the property's fair market value, affirming a Commonwealth Court decision that went against a suburban Philadelphia township.

The unanimous ruling means that Lower Makefield Township will pay $5.8 million for a 166-acre farm that the township condemned in 1996 so that it could build a public golf course. The township had appealed both a jury determination of the fair market value of the...
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