TransCanada Keystone Pipeline LP v. Small

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TransCanada Keystone Pipeline LP v. Small

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Case Number
S-17-0741)
S-17-0742)
S-17-0743)
S-17-0744)
S-17-0745)
S-17-0747)
S-17-0748)
S-17-0750)
S-17-0751)
S-17-0753)
S-17-0754)
S-17-0755)
S-17-0756)
S-17-0757)
S-17-0758)
S-17-0759)
S-17-0760)
Call Date
January 9, 2018
Case Time
9:00 AM
Court Number
Nance
Case Location
Lincoln
Case Summary

S-17-0741) TRANSCANADA KEYSTONE PIPELINE, LP (Appellant) v.

JOHN F. SMALL, et al. – S-17-741

KENNETH M. PROSOSKI, et al. – S-17-742

JOHNNIE P. BIALAS, et al. – S-17-743

JAMES TARNICK, et al. – S-17-744

CLIFFORD F. SHOTKOSKI, et al. - S-17-745

PATRICIA A. KNUST, et al. – S-17-747

WALTER G. NABER, et al. – S-17-748

TIMOTHY L. CHOAT, et al. – S-17-750

DONALD C. LOSEKE, et al. – S-17-751

C.R.C., INC., et al. – S-17-753

JAMES D. CARLSON, et al. – S-17-754

EDYTHE L. SAYER, et al. – S-17-755

DONALD D. WIDGA, et al. – S-17-756

MARY JANE NYBERG, et al. – S-17-757

TERRY JAMES VAN HOUSEN, et al. – S-17-758

BONNIE L. BRAUER, et al. – S-17-759

DEBORAH ANN STIEREN, et al. – S-17-760

Nance, Boone and Polk Counties, Judge Rachel A. Daugherty

Attorneys: James G. Powers, Patrick D. Pepper (McGrath North Mullin & Kratz PCLLO) (for Appellant) --- David A. Domina, Brian E. Jorde (Domina Law Group pcllo) (Appellee)

Civil: Eminent domain proceedings; attorney fees and costs

Proceedings below: TransCanada Keystone Pipeline, LP (“Keystone”) initiated eminent domain proceedings to acquire property interests regarding the Keystone XL interstate pipeline, but voluntarily dismissed the proceedings in 2015. The Appellees (“Landowners”) filed motions requesting awards of attorney fees and costs pursuant to Neb. Rev. Stat. § 76-726. The county court granted the motions and awarded attorney fees and costs. Keystone appealed to the district court. The district court affirmed the award. Keystone appealed and these appeals were moved to the Nebraska Supreme Court pursuant to Neb. Rev. Stat. § 24-1106(3).

Issues: 1. The District Courts erred in holding affidavit testimony is admissible to prove attorney fees and costs pursuant to Neb. Rev. Stat. §76-726, and finding the County Courts did not commit reversible error by receiving the Landowners’ affidavits into evidence.2. The District Courts erred in affirming the County Courts’ attorney fees and costs awards and construing Neb. Rev. Stat. §76-726 to permit reimbursement of fees actually incurred without proof of payment and without evidence showing the specific amount of fees allegedly charged or how those fees were charged. 

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