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Eminent Domain: Can Small Business Owners Beat the Government?

As communities expand, so do eminent domain cases – and the trend is causing big problems for small businesses.

Simply put, eminent domain is the right of a government to require the compulsory sale, or in extreme cases expropriation, of land by a property owner so public officials can put that private property to public use.

It’s supposed to be for the common good. It’s used so governments can build roads or expand its services to a community. But in many cases, individual property owners – and business owners – are forced out of their locations, which can cause irreparable harm.

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