Thirty-two landowners across six Illinois counties (Will, Livingston, Kankakee, McLean, DeWitt, and Marion counties) sought damages in access of $31.3 million. Due to vigorous representation by the attorneys from Spesia & Taylor, led by partner John Spesia, the condemning pipeline ultimately paid out only $457,300.00 total for just compensation. Thirty-one of the thirty-two cases resulted in directed verdicts in favor of the condemnor, and in the sole case going to jury trial, the amount that the jury awarded was 75% less then what the landowner had presented at trial. Efficient and effective representation by Spesia & Taylor also resulted in the condemning energy company gaining access to the 32 properties in as little as 10 months and having all trials completed within 14 months of filing the condemnation suits.
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