SB 185
Establishes provisions relating to certain trespass and inverse condemnation actions against public utilities
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Last Action:
3/31/2021 - SCS Voted Do Pass S Commerce, Consumer Protection, Energy and the Environment Committee (1019S.02C)
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Effective Date:
August 28, 2021

Current Bill Summary

SCS/SB 185 - Under this act, any cause of action for inverse condemnation or trespass against certain electric utilities as described in the act shall be commenced within two years after the cause of action shall have accrued, and no statute of limitations shall extend the period for commencing the action.

If the plaintiff prevails in a cause of action for inverse condemnation, then the damage or taking shall be deemed permanent, the injury to the plaintiff shall not be deemed to continue, accumulate, or to accrue, and the damages shall be fixed and determined as of the date the cause of action accrued.

In a cause of action for trespass, a defendant shall be entitled to a determination by the court as to whether the use by the defendant or its assignees, alleged by the plaintiff to be an expanded use that increases the burden of the defendant's easement or to exceed the scope of the defendant's easement rights, is a public use. If the court finds that such use is a public use, and if the plaintiff prevails on the claim for trespass, then certain provisions set forth in the act shall apply.

Damages for prevailing claims of inverse condemnation or trespass are set forth in the act.

Under the act, no cause of action for trespass or inverse condemnation may be brought as an action on behalf of a class.

In a cause of action for trespass or inverse condemnation, the following shall not be admissible in evidence for purposes of determining plaintiffs damages or any other purposes:

• Profits, fees, or revenue derived by the defendant from uses of the easement; and

• The rental value of the real property or of the easement, including the rental value of an assembled utility corridor of any type.



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