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Michael Rikon Michael Rikon

After 50 years of trying condemnation cases, I have learned there are no easy cases. Something always arises which is unusual. Generally speaking, partial takings present more problems than total takings. The obvious reason is that all you have to deal with in a total appropriation is the value of the property taken. When there is a partial acquisition, however, we first deal with the value of the property as a whole, then with the value of the part taken and finally with the value of the part not acquired, both before and after the acquisition, i.e., consequential damages.

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