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New Jersey Supreme Court Redefines "Blight"

New Jersey & Company

June 14, 2007

Kevin Moore, a Member of the Firm, was interviewed by Susan Piperato for a June 14, 2007 New Jersey & Company article about an eminent domain ruling by the New Jersey State Supreme Court. According to the article, “The New Jersey State Supreme Court ruled unanimously yesterday that according to the state’s Constitution, under-utilized properties can no longer be seized for redevelopment by developers and municipalities via eminent domain unless they are truly blighted.” “In the past there was an expansive interpretation of what blight was,” said Kevin Moore. He continues, “Now the definition of ‘blight’ is much narrower. An area must be totally unproductive and stagnant, not either/or, and must have a stagnant effect on surrounding areas.”