A Brooklyn couple has won a significant legal battle in its fight with Verizon over an unsettled area of New York law — whether the telephone giant’s failure to compensate them for installing telephone equipment in their backyard gives rise to an inverse condemnation claim. The couple, however, may not reap the benefits.

A unanimous Appellate Division, 2nd Department, panel held that the plaintiffs sufficiently stated a claim for inverse condemnation, but that the action was barred by the statute of limitations.

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