Commissioner of Transportation v. United Illuminating Co.
A court can order the commissioner of the Department of Transportation to increase the amount of compensation paid to an owner in an eminent domain case. The commissioner of the State of Connecticut Department of Transportation filed an eminent domain action and paid $65,800 to the clerk of the court. Previously, the court held that a billboard that is located on the subject property and that Barrett Outdoor Communications Inc. owns constitutes a fixture that is attached to the land. Barrett presented evidence about fair compensation for the billboard. Barrett's expert, Dr. Randolfo Aguilar, testified that the billboard is located in a prime location. The court found that the commissioner owed $1.5 million, plus interest, for the billboard. The court also awarded $12,592, as an appraisal fee.