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Inverse condemnation case clears early hurdle

A Wythe County man whose property may set some kind of record for condemnation actions has won an early skirmish in his battle to extract more compensation from the state Department of Transportation.

Wythe County Circuit Judge Joey Showalter denied VDOT’s motion to dismiss the inverse condemnation action filed by Edd Jennings, reports The Roanoke Times. The ruling comes in what’s scheduled to be a two-day trial, to be followed by briefs.

Jennings’ property, located beneath the massive Interstate 77 bridge over the New River, has been subject to at least ten eminent domain actions.

By Peter Vieth

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