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The end may be in sight for the eminent domain cases the District brought against landholders to make way for a new baseball stadium for the Washington Nationals. Originally, the District planned to grab 24 parcels of land, but 17 landowners fought the action in D.C. Superior Court. In early November, a second round of mediation talks resulted in settlements for all but four of the cases, according to John Barron Jr., a partner with Duane Morris in the District who represented several of the landowners. Attorneys with Venable represent the city in the litigation, but Michael Krainak, chief of the real estate division in the D.C. Office of the Attorney General, handled the mediation. Barron and Duane Morris’ Christopher Mahoney represented owners of four parcels in the dispute and procured $51 million in settlements. The city had originally offered $33 million. “At the end of the day, we settled for an amount that our clients are very pleased with, and the District acted fairly in reaching an agreement,” says Barron. A spokeswoman for the attorney general says the parcels were acquired at a fair price.
Attila Berry can be contacted at [email protected].

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