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H.B. 414





Chief Sponsor: Craig A. Frank

Senate Sponsor: ____________

             7      LONG TITLE
             8      General Description:
             9          This bill provides that litigation expenses shall be awarded in condemnation actions
             10      where the final award exceeds the written offer by 5%.
             11      Highlighted Provisions:
             12          This bill:
             13          .    defines "litigation expenses";
             14          .    provides that litigation expenses shall be awarded to the property owner if the final
             15      award amount exceeds the written offer by 5%; and
             16          .    specifies who determines the amount of litigation expenses.
             17      Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
             18          None
             19      Other Special Clauses:
             20          None
             21      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             22      ENACTS:
             23          78B-6-523, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             25      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             26          Section 1. Section 78B-6-523 is enacted to read:
             27          78B-6-523. Costs and fees.

             28          (1) As used in this section, "litigation expenses" means the sum of the costs,
             29      disbursements, and expenses, including reasonable attorney, appraisal, and engineering fees
             30      necessary to prepare for or participate in actual or anticipated condemnation proceedings or
             31      dispute resolution.
             32          (2) The property owner shall be awarded reasonable litigation expenses if the
             33      compensation determined by the court or through dispute resolution exceeds by 5% or more the
             34      final written offer tendered by the condemnor before the complaint is filed or dispute resolution
             35      commenced.
             36          (3) Reasonable litigation expenses shall be determined by:
             37          (a) the arbitrator, if the amount of compensation was determined through arbitration; or
             38          (b) the court, if the amount of compensation was determined by:
             39          (i) litigation; or
             40          (ii) mediation, and the parties cannot agree on an amount.

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    as of 2-12-09 11:07 AM

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