U.S. Supreme Court rules favorably for property owners

U.S. SUPREME COURT RULES PROPERTY OWNERS CAN NOW GO DIRECTLY TO FEDERAL COURT TO CHALLENGE TAKINGS BY STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS  On June 21, the U.S. Supreme Court in an abrupt about face overruled nearly forty years of precedent holding that real property owners have the right to go directly to federal court to file claims for violations of the U.S. Constitution’s 5th Amendment takings clause when local governments take private property for public use without just compensation.  In Knick v. Township of Scott, the Court held real property owners are not required to first exhaust their state law remedies [...]

By | 2019-07-01T14:42:39-04:00 June 28th, 2019|Blog|0 Comments

Chambers USA Ranks Steven S. Kaufman Among Top 16 Commercial Ligation Lawyers in Ohio

For the 14th consecutive year, Steven S. Kaufman, managing member of Kaufman & Company, has achieved a prestigious Band 2 ranking by Chambers and Partners. Chambers USA 2019 places Kaufman among the top 16 attorneys in Ohio for General Commercial Litigation. In addition to reviewing case work, Chambers’ research team conducts in-depth, one-on-one interviews year-round with clients and attorneys to assess each lawyer’s technical legal abilities, professional conduct, client service, commercial acumen, diligence and commitment. Interviewees agreed that Kaufman is “extraordinarily insightful and pragmatic.” In past years, he has also received praise including, “Steve is a warrior when he needs [...]

By | 2019-06-06T16:08:10-04:00 June 6th, 2019|News|0 Comments

Kaufman & Company Litigators Vindicate Clients’ Development Rights at Trial

Chad Cooper and Sara Smoter represented clients who prevailed in a bench trial before the Lake County (Ohio) Court of Common Pleas. Our clients were the principals of a highly successful marine contracting business, Huffman Equipment Rental Company. The Court entered judgment in favor of Huffman on all issues and assessed costs against their adversaries. For many years, the two families (our clients and the adverse party) operated industrial businesses on neighboring parcels of property. When a long strip of very useful land behind their properties became available for purchase, the fathers and sons of the two companies discussed a [...]

By | 2019-06-06T15:19:56-04:00 June 6th, 2019|News|0 Comments