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Jeff Todd to Address Oklahoma Cattlemen on U.S. Supreme Court’s Eminent Domain Ruling

July 13, 2005

Jeff L. Todd, a shareholder with the law firm of McAfee & Taft, will be a featured speaker on the issue of eminent domain at the 53rd Annual Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association Convention & Trade Show on August 4th in Oklahoma City. His presentation will focus on the potential impact of a recent Supreme Court ruling on Oklahoma landowners and, specifically, what can be done to protect the private property rights of Oklahoma ranchers.

In June, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled by a 5-4 majority in Kelo v. New London that local governments could seize people’s homes and businesses — even properties not considered blighted or dangerous to the public — for the purpose of increasing tax revenues and promoting private economic development. At issue in the case was a Fifth Amendment provision which enjoins governments from the taking of private property for public use without just compensation.

Eight states currently forbid the use of eminent domain when the economic purpose is not to eliminate blight. They are Arkansas, Florida, Illinois, Kentucky, Maine, Montana, South Carolina and Washington.

Todd is a trial lawyer with extensive experience in state and federal litigation, arbitrations and administrative proceedings and is actively involved in legal matters affecting the agricultural industries. He is a member of the Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association, Sirloin Club of Oklahoma and American Agricultural Law Association and has developed significant expertise in representing agricultural landowners and producers.

McAfee & Taft is one of the largest, most experienced law firms in Oklahoma, serving clients throughout the Southwest in the areas of aviation, business law, corporate and securities, employee benefits, environmental law, healthcare, intellectual property, labor and employment, litigation, oil and gas, real estate, and tax and family wealth.  The firm employs over 200 Oklahomans, including more than 110 attorneys.