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John Cooke

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.

Taking and Valuing Raisins

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 […]