City of Oroville vs Superior Court of Butte County
On August 15, 2019, lead attorneys for the City of Oroville, Mark A. Habib and Lia M. Juhl-Rhodes, from the law firm of Peters, Habib, McKenna, Juhl-Rhodes & Cardoza, LLP won a landmark inverse condemnation case in the California Supreme Court. In reversing a decision against the City of Oroville by the Butte County Superior Court and Court of Appeal, 3rd District, the California Supreme Court held that Oroville’s sewer system was not the legal cause of damage to the plaintiff dentists’ office building. The Supreme Court unanimously held that the dentists’ failure to install a backwater valve on their building, which was required by State and local building codes, was the legal cause of the dentists’ claimed damages. Amicus briefs were filed in support of the City of Oroville’s position by a variety of municipal agencies and municipalities, including the League of California Cities. This was the first significant inverse condemnation decision ruled on by the California Supreme Court in more than twenty years. Click here to read more.