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State ex rel. State Highway Dept. v. Morris

Superior Court of Delaware, Sussex County

November 24, 1952

STATE ex rel. STATE HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT
v.
MORRIS et al.

Ralph S. Baker, of Georgetown, for plaintiff.

James M. Tunnell, of Tunnell & Tunnell, of Georgetown, for defendants.

HERRMANN, Judge, charged the Commissioners, in part, as follows:

The compensation to which the defendants are entitled is the difference between the market value of their property as a whole immediately before and unaffected by the taking and the market value of the remainder of their property immediately after and as affected by the taking. In adjusting this difference, the parties are entitled to have you consider the value [47 Del. 478] of the property for all available uses and purposes, including the best and most valuable use. [1]

In deciding the issue of just compensation, you should take into consideration the benefits and advantages to the landowners, if any, resulting from the highway improvement and you should set off the value of any such benefit or advantage against whatever loss, detriment or disadvantage you may find the owners have ...


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