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Audio: Hawaii Inverse Condemnation and Wildfires
By Robert Thomas @ 8:44 PM :: 1943 Views :: Energy, Environment

Our Drive-Time Conversation About Hawaii Inverse Condemnation And Wildfires

by Robert Thomas, InverseCondemnation, August 23, 2023

On this morning's drive-time program, we joined KHVH's Rick Hamada about whether Hawaii might adopt California's version of inverse condemnation liability in wildfire cases. We also tried to clear up a few misconceptions (gad, I used "disinformation," a term I try to eschew).

Here's the program description:

Inverse Condemnation and Maui Wildfires: A Conversation with Robert Thomas

Tune in to a thought-provoking episode where we engage in a conversation with legal expert Robert Thomas on the topic of inverse condemnation in relation to the recent Maui wildfires. As the community grapples with the aftermath of the devastating fires, we delve into the legal aspects of property rights, government accountability, and compensation for affected individuals. Join us as we explore the implications of inverse condemnation, a legal doctrine that holds governments accountable for taking private property without just compensation. Gain insights into the challenges faced by property owners in the wake of natural disasters and the legal avenues available to seek redress. Don't miss this informative discussion shedding light on the intersection of property rights, wildfires, and legal recourse.

Thanks to Rick for having me on.


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Lawprof Shelley Ross Saxer Joins Bloomberg Law Podcast On Maui Wildfires And Inverse Condemnation

by Robert Thomas, InverseCondemnation, August 25, 2023

Here's our colleague and friend, Pepperdine lawprof Shelley Saxer, an expert on inverse condemnation and its use in mass disaster cases, on the use of inverse condemnation as a theory of recovery for the Maui disaster. Here's the description from Bloomberg Law Podcast:

"Shelley Ross Saxer, a law professor at Pepperdine University, discusses the Lahaina fire victims using a legal shortcut to secure compensation from Hawaiian Electric. June Grasso hosts."

Worth a listen.


RELATED: Maui Fire Victims Pursue Legal Tactic That Led to $13.5 Billion California Settlement


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