Condemnation Case Study: Vacant Land in Lisle, Illinois

The Illinois State Toll Highway Authority (“ISTHA”) condemned 21 acres of vacant land in an office park in Lisle, Illinois.  ISTHA testified at the trial to $6 per square foot or $5,500,000.  The jury verdict Ryan & Ryan obtained for the owner was $13,810,920 or $15.00 per square foot. ISTHA appealed the jury verdict to the Appellate Court.
On the day the attorneys for both parties were to argue the appeal in the Appellate Court, both parties agreed to settle the case for $12,763,447 and filed a written motion to dismiss the appeal and settle the pending case in the Appellate Court. The Appellate Court refused to dismiss the appeal and entered a 22–page decision that threw out the jury verdict and ordered that a new jury trial take place.  ISTHA refused to complete the settlement based upon the Appellate Court Order. Ryan & Ryan sued the Appellate Court judges and ISTHA to enforce the settlement in the Illinois Supreme Court. The Illinois Supreme Court ruled for us and ordered the Appellate Court judges to vacate their 22–page decision and dismiss the appeal. The Illinois Supreme Court further ordered ISTHA to pay the settlement of $12,763,447.
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