Bruce Ingram, a partner in the Vorys Columbus office, was quoted in an Associated Press story titled “Ohio files notice of lake order.” The story highlighted a statement by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) indicating the state’s progress in meeting the Ohio Supreme Court deadlines to compensate more than 80 farmers, families and business owners along Grand Lake St. Marys whose land floods during rain storms because of a dam ODNR constructed in 1997.
The story states:
“An attorney for the landowners on Tuesday criticized the state for not putting down deposits to cover remaining cases involving people who sued over the state's alleged delays.
‘Ohio law is apparently no obstacle to ODNR in its effort to punish landowners who successfully obtained an order of contempt against it from the Ohio Supreme Court,’ Columbus attorney Bruce Ingram said in a statement.”
In December 2012, the Supreme Court found ODNR in contempt and ordered it to complete appraisals within 90 days and begin appropriation proceedings within 120 days to compensate landowners.
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