Broken VDOT Promises

UPDATE: Judge makes VDOT keep its word A Mathews County judge has ordered VDOT to keep its promise to end a “nightmare” parking problem it created for a property owner. WAVY-10 originally reported on the dispute and covered its conclusion. https://www.wavy.com/news/local-news/beach-battle-verdict-limits-parking-on-gwynn-s-island/1325873085     What good is the word of the Commonwealth of Virginia? Not very…

Kelo balked at bullying

Is your home your castle? Like so many Americans, Suzette Kelo thought so. Then her dreams collided with local politicians who condemned it then turned it over to a big drug company promising millions in taxes. Kelo took her fight to the Supreme Court and lost. But her battle sparked a nationwide political revolt against…

Owners Counsel Elects Baker

February 4, 2018 Waldo & Lyle is pleased to announce the election of Joshua E. Baker as Virginia’s Representative for Owners Counsel of America, an exclusive national organization of eminent domain attorneys.   Baker, who has practiced for 12 years with Waldo & Lyle, has been named as the Virginia member of the Owners Counsel…

MVP Pipeline Halted

January 31, 2018 Arguments by a Waldo & Lyle attorney have helped persuade a judge to delay the construction of 300 miles of the Mountain Valley Pipeline through Southwest Virginia. The decision by U.S. District Court Judge Elizabeth Dillon blocks the entry of the utility company to start timber cutting and clearing on onto the…

Haste on Pipeline

Even as the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) grinds into action through western Virginia, vigilant Waldo & Lyle attorneys have planted doubts in the mind of a federal judge about the competence of the utility’s planning. Attorney Stephen Clarke spotlighted avoidable mistakes in the plans for the the natural gas pipeline in a two day hearing…

Pipeline vote of confidence

December 1, 2017 The biggest eminent domain story in Virginia concerns the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. Dominion, the utility building it, will use its condemnation powers to acquire a ribbon of land running hundreds of miles through Virginia from West Virginia to North Carolina. One stretch collides with the secluded mountainside Wintergreen Resort community. A thousand…

Improving Property Law

October 24, 2017 The American Law Institute has elected Joseph T. Waldo to its exclusive membership as it embarks on a major study of property law in America. Waldo, the president of Waldo & Lyle, is the only Virginian among the 37 new members selected by the ALI. ALI is composed of attorneys, judges and…