Eminent Domain & Condemnation in Three Sentences

Eminent domain is the power of a governmental entity to take private property in exchange for just compensation. Condemnation is the legal process by which the governmental entity exercises its eminent domain power. Inverse condemnation is a legal process instituted by a private party to challenge a governmental taking or the amount of compensation paid or proposed to be paid.

In our “Law 101″ posts, we define terms, phrases, or concepts with the goal of conveying core information in order to set the stage for more complex discussions.

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