Nebraska Revised Statute 76-726

Chapter 76 Section 726

76-726.

Costs, expenses, fees; awarded; when.

(1) The court having jurisdiction of a proceeding instituted by an agency as defined in section 76-1217 to acquire real property by condemnation shall award the owner of any right, title, or interest in such real property such sum as will, in the opinion of the court, reimburse such owner for his or her reasonable costs, disbursements, and expenses, including reasonable attorney's, appraisal, and engineering fees, actually incurred because of the condemnation proceedings if (a) the final judgment is that the agency cannot acquire the real property by condemnation or (b) the proceeding is abandoned by the agency. If a settlement is effected, the court may award to the plaintiff reasonable expenses, fees, and costs.

(2) The court having jurisdiction of a proceeding instituted by a condemnee under section 76-705 shall award the condemnee such sum as will, in the opinion of the court, reimburse the condemnee for his or her reasonable costs, disbursements, and expenses, including reasonable attorney's, appraisal, and engineering fees, actually incurred as a result of the taking of or damage to the condemnee's property if (a) the court renders a judgment in favor of the condemnee or (b) a settlement is effected.

Source

  • Laws 1989, LB 254, § 30.

Annotations

  • Under subsection (2) of this section, "the court encompassed in the expression the court having jurisdiction of a proceeding instituted by a condemnee under section 76-705" includes the district court to which an appeal is taken under section 76-715. The provision in subsection (2) of this section allowing an award of attorney fees when "(a) the court renders a judgment in favor of the condemnee or (b) a settlement is effected" authorizes the district court as well as the county court to award attorney fees upon the happening of either (a) or (b). Armstrong v. County of Dixon, 282 Neb. 623, 808 N.W.2d 37 (2011).

  • Subsection (1) of this section gives the county court jurisdiction to award all reasonable costs, disbursements, expenses, and fees actually incurred by a party in resisting a condemnation proceeding after it is filed and before it is abandoned, whether or not such resistance occurs in the county court. City of Gordon v. Ruse, 268 Neb. 686, 687 N.W.2d 182 (2004).

  • Under subsection (1) of this section, a court-ordered award of costs, expenses, and attorney fees is appropriate only in connection with a proceeding initiated by an agency seeking to acquire real property by condemnation. Simon v. City of Omaha, 267 Neb. 718, 677 N.W.2d 129 (2004).