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Stephon B. Bagne

Member, Clark Hill PLC

Phone: (313) 965-8897

Fax: (313) 309-6897

Email: sbagne@clarkhill.com

Website: Clark Hill Property Owner Condemnation Services

 

Stephon B. Bagne’s expertise in representing property owners in condemnation cases is widely recognized. Stephon has represented all types of property owners in a variety of situations including vacant and improved property, partial and total takings, easement and fee acquisitions, involving commercial and residential properties. He has won jury trials in courts throughout the State of Michigan and successfully defended those verdicts before the Michigan Court of Appeals. Stephon has prevailed in challenges of the necessity of takings and negotiated less onerous acquisitions in partial taking matters. He regularly speaks and writes about eminent domain and other real estate law issues for a variety of professional organizations. For a more complete bio, please click here.

 

 

 

 

Thursday
Aug182016

LOOPHOLE ALLOWING ADVERSE POSSESSION CLAIMS AGAINST MUNICIPALITIES CLOSED

New legislation has been enacted overruling the Waisanen v. Superior Township case that allowed adverse possession claims against municipal property owners.

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Wednesday
Aug172016

ITC MOVING INTO OAKLAND COUNTY

ITCs’s vegetation management efforts are now taking place in Walled Lake, representing an unprecedented amount of activity by the agency.

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Tuesday
Aug162016

ITC ISSUING GOOD FAITH OFFERS IN DEARBORN

New ITC takings occurring in Dearborn.

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Friday
Jul222016

New Municipal Condemnations

After years of limited condemnation by municipal entities due to budgetary constraints, new projects are underway in Genesee County.

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Thursday
Jul212016

Wolverine Pipe Line Company filing Condemnations in Washtenaw County for Detroit Multi Access Project

Wolverine appears to be staging the filing of lawsuits to secure rights from larger, commercial properties in Washtenaw County before implementing processes against residential properties in Wayne and Washtenaw Counties.

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Tuesday
Jul192016

It Is Not Just About the Money

Early intervention by property owner counsel can sometimes result in convincing condemning authorities to alter either their project or thr rights sought to prevent catastrophic consequences to the owner and massive just compensation claims.

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Wednesday
Jul132016

ITC Making Offers Along Adams Spokane Line

ITC is seeking expanded vegetation management rights along a transmission line running through Oakland and Macomb Counties.

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Friday
Jun172016

Oakland County Road Commission Filing Suits for Maple/Orchard Lake Roundabout

Recently, the Oakland County Road Commission has been filing suits involving properties on Orchard Lake Road. 

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Tuesday
Jun142016

International Transmission Company active in Shelby Township

As part of its continuing efforts to expand its vegetation management rights, International Transmission Company or ITC is contacting property owners in Shelby Township seeking new expanded easements. 

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Thursday
Mar242016

My Compliments to DTE

DTE acts quickly and reasonably to settle Milford bypass case.

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Tuesday
Feb092016

ITC Being Sold for $11.3 Billion

A Canadian company is buying ITC for a staggering $11.3 billion.

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Tuesday
Feb092016

MPSC Approved Wolverine Pipe Line Project in Wayne and Washtenaw Counties

Wolverine Pipe Line Company received the administrative approval that is a prerequisite to it acquiring necessary property rights and constructing its project.

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Friday
Jan222016

Possible Chicanery by DTE on Milford Bypass Loop Pipeline?

Has DTE withheld distribution of complete easements, including the exhibit containing the legal description of the encumbered property, in an attempt to hide the true impacts of the easements from homeowners?

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Monday
Nov092015

Lenawee County Buying Three More Houses Adjacent to Airport

Lenawee County is purchasing three more houses, consistent with rulings that I obtained for their neighbors following a new lawsuit that I filed on behalf of those owners.

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Tuesday
Oct272015

Only Owners Can Choose to Admit Assessed Value in a Condemnation Case

If an agency values a property in a condemnation at an amount lower than the assessment, the owner can present the assessment to the jury.  However, the agency is not allowed to introduce evidence of the assessed value. 

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Friday
Oct162015

OWNERS’ GUIDE TO UNDERSTANDING PIPELINE TAKINGS 

I am actively representing and am regularly contacted by owners confronted by pipeline takings.  Currently, there are multiple companies pursuing new pipelines in southeastern Michigan including Rover Pipeline, Nexus, DTE and Wolverine Pipe Line.  This post is an introduction to pipeline issues that links to other, longer posts addressing specific issues. 

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Friday
Oct162015

Michigan Supreme Court Addresses Claims Involving Unlicensed Residential Builders

This entry, prepared by my colleagues Stuart M. Schwartz and Nicole S. Tersigni, has nothing to do with eminent domain but may be pertinent to homeowners reading this blog. It discusses the remedies available to homeowners who hired an unlicensed contractor and the defenses that the contractor can assert.

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Wednesday
Oct072015

Eminent Domain Addressed in Presidential Election

Current Republican frontrunner Donald Trump is criticized by other candidates for supporting the use of eminent domain. 

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Wednesday
Sep092015

FERC Issues Project Update for Nexus Gas Transmission Project

FERC document describes process by which property owners can provide input relating to environmental review process for the Nexus Gas Transmission Project (“Nexus”) plans to construct a new interstate natural gas project in Michigan and Ohio. 

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Thursday
Aug272015

ITC Making Good Faith Offers in Taylor

International Transmission Company (“ITC”) is making new good faith offers in Taylor for extended vegetation management rights. 

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