condemnation action

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A condemnation action is a lawsuit where a government is exercising eminent domain to procure private property for some public use or benefit. In the action, a court will determine how much the procuring government must compensate the private party, and then the government will use the property to build a hospital, school, park, power facility, railroad, or another public benefit. 

[Last updated in June of 2021 by the Wex Definitions Team]