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The Wisconsin Supreme Court Issues Opinion on Eminent Domain Case

Lamar Outdoor Advertising v. Country Side Restaurant, Inc. (In re Country Side Restaurant, Inc.), 2012 WI 46, 2012 WL 1557322 (May 4, 2012).

On Friday, May 4, 2012, the Wisconsin Supreme Court issued its opinion in the case of Lamar Outdoor Advertising v. Country Side Restaurant. von Briesen Attorneys Thomas S. Hornig and Kraig A. Byron represent Lamar Outdoor Advertising, the case has been ongoing for nearly three years.

The issues involved to what compensation sign owners are entitled when their permitted signs are taken for highway improvement or other public projects. The court concluded, in reversing the court of appeals (which had affirmed the trial court) in a seven – zero decision that sign companies are entitled not only to relocation benefits but to compensation for their lost interests in the leasehold, permit and location as well.

The victory for Lamar is of significant state-wide importance to the outdoor industry as well as to the industry nationally.

©2021 von Briesen & Roper, s.cNational Law Review, Volume II, Number 166
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About this Author

Thomas S. Hornig, von Briesen Roper Law Firm, Madison, Real Estate, Tax and Litigation Law Attorney

Tom Hornig is a Shareholder in the Madison Office and chairs the firm’s outdoor advertising section and co-chairs the eminent domain and condemnation section. He deals with takings in all forms including actual takes, regulatory takes and also property tax assessment issues of all kinds. His work in outdoor advertising includes all issues involving on- and off-premises signs. He recently handled cases that made new law on several aspects of takings, outdoor advertising and property taxation in the appellate courts, including the Wisconsin Supreme Court.

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Kraig Byron, Von Briesen Law Firm, Madison, Real Estate and Litigation Law Attorney

Kraig Byron is a Shareholder in the Litigation & Risk Management Practice Group. Kraig offers many years of experience in the areas of complex business litigation, labor and employment litigation, outdoor advertising law, tax assessments, family law issues, anti-trust matters and general civil litigation. Kraig has been a featured speaker at continuing professional education courses on Wisconsin property law and other related legal issues.

Kraig has presented and argued many cases before the Wisconsin Supreme Court, the Wisconsin Court of...

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