If you are a landowner in Hampshire County, Massachusetts, and your property is next to the Easthampton (Manhan) Trail, then you may be entitled to compensation. This railway is part of a proposed multi-use trail system spanning 4.25 miles towards Westfield.
It is established law that the federal government must pay you for the portion of your land that is currently the railroad or once was the railroad and is now being converted into a trail. Since the railway was an easement granted to the railroad, you may still hold title to the land.
As of December 15, 2022, the Surface Transportation Board approved the abandonment of the railway, effectively approving the trail. With the abandonment approved, the trail sponsor, the Town of Southampton, now owns this abandoned railway. We want to ensure that you, as a landowner, are justly compensated under the Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution.
Our firm has extensive experience handling lawsuits asserting the property rights of landowners against the federal government in the United States Court of Federal Claims. These lawsuits are referred to as “Rails-to-Trails” cases.
At Flint Cooper, our dedicated team of attorneys take pride in making your claims process simple and stress free. There are no upfront fees and no out-of-pocket expenses. The time to file a claim is limited. If you would like to discuss your claim and understand your rights in more detail, please contact us toll-free at +1.866.816.7383, complete the Free Case Consultation form on this page, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or schedule a time with our team to meet with you at your home or property.