By H. Adam Cohen, Steinhardt Pesick & Cohen
For nearly 150 years, Michigan courts have required condemnors, including governmental agencies, utilities, and others possessing the power of eminent domain, to strictly observe all legal requirements when exercising that power:
The rule is well settled, that in all cases where the property of individuals is sought to be condemned for the public use by adverse proceedings, the laws which regulate such proceedings must be strictly followed, and especially that every jurisdictional step, and every requirement shaped to guard the rights and interests of parties whose property is meant to be taken, must be observed with much exactness. Detroit Sharpshooters’ Ass’n v. Hamtramck Hwy. Comm’rs, 34 Mich 36, 37-38 (1876).
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