Planning for the Future Planning is words on a page and lines on a map. It is not reality, but a projection of the future. And the future is uncertain – just ask those who predict when the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates. A North Carolina Water […]
John has more than 30 years of experience in land use law and real estate litigation. Based in the Raleigh-Durham region, John practices throughout North Carolina. He represents all types of business clients - developers, end users and land owners - when they attempt to use their land or maximize its value through securing entitlements, forming public-private agreements or handling litigation.
Property boundaries have great significance in law and life. Julius Caesar crossed the Rubicon, the boundary between Gaul and Italy in violation of Roman law, and nothing was the same for him thereafter. The recent North Carolina Court of Appeals’ decision in the case of Parker, et […]
The United States Supreme Court ruled that the United States government cannot take a citizen’s raisins without paying for them. Horne v. Department of Agriculture, __ US__ (June 22, 2015). Standing alone, the ruling is unsurprising. Taking raisins without paying had been occurring for years – many years […]
Two recent decisions discuss the doctrine of vested rights in entirely different contexts. What might we learn from these cases about the doctrine of vested rights? A divided Court of Appeals held in N.C. Assoc. of Educators v. State of North Carolina, ___ N.C. App. ___, (June 2, […]
Lady Macbeth tells her troubled husband, “What is done is done” and later says to herself “and cannot be undone.” This is the outcome in Hillcrest Property, LLP v. Pasco County, 754 F. 3d 1279 (11th Cir 2014) and apparently the United States Supreme Court accepted it when […]