Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly lists Nutter eminent domain case among largest verdicts and settlements of 2011Print PDF
Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly lists an eminent domain trial in which Nutter represented the plaintiffs -- which resulted from takings at the former Sagamore Rotary at the Cape Cod Canal -- among the largest verdicts and settlements of 2011.
A Barnstable Superior Court jury awarded damages of $2,100,000 to the plaintiff landowners after a two week trial in April 2011. Nelson Apjohn of Nutter represented the client. The trial was the fourth eminent domain trial for Nutter arising from the takings made in connection with the Sagamore Flyover Highway Project.
The takings were made in October 2004 in connection with the Commonwealth’s construction of the Sagamore Flyover Highway Project. The plaintiffs’ land consisted of approximately seventeen acres just west of the former Sagamore Rotary, which had historically been used in part for residential housing. The plaintiffs presented evidence at trial that the highest and best use of the land was a residential housing development pursuant to G.L. c. 40B, along with a commercial development on the commercially-zoned eastern portion of the property. The Commonwealth contended that the highest and best use of the property was for a nine-lot residential subdivision.