When Bad Things Happen to Good Property

When Bad Things Happen to Good Property
Robert A. Simons, Ph.D.
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When Bad Things Happen to Good Property features a review of economics and theory of real estate environmental damages, empirical results from peer-reviewed literature, and legal outcomes of environmental contamination litigation in the United States. It also includes chapters written by plaintiff and defense lawyers on litigating environmental cases and addresses the role of the real estate expert. In addition, the book analyzes outcomes with respect to frequency of lawsuit activity, evaluates litigious approaches for multiple damages cases, and discusses the plight of the small claims plaintiff. It concludes with a review of a number of case studies of actual toxic tort cases.

When Bad Things Happen to Good Property is packed with various tables, figures, appendices, as well as a very large reference table (the BIG MATRIX) that assists residential property owners (exposed to different types of contamination) and their attorneys find out what kind of damages may be typical when contamination has affected property values

About the Author

Robert A. Simons is a Professor and past director of the Master of Urban Planning, Design, and Development program at the Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University in Cleveland, Ohio, where he teaches courses in real estate development, market analysis and finance, public economics, and environmental finance. He is also the faculty advisor for the Certificate Program in Real Estate Development and Finance. Most recently, during the fall of 2005, he was a Fulbright Scholar at Wits University in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Simons received his Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in city and regional planning, with an emphasis in real estate. He also holds a master’s of science in regional planning and a master’s of science in economics, both from the University of North Carolina. In addition, he received an undergraduate degree in anthropology from Colorado State University.

Simons has been a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners since 1983 and has published over 35 articles and book chapters on real estate, urban development, environmental damages, housing policy, and brownfields redevelopment. He authored a book entitled Turning Brownfields Into Greenbacks (published by the Urban Land Institute). Simons has an active consulting practice, and has served as an expert witness in matters relating to real estate and environmental damages. Simons can be reached by e-mail at roby@urban.csuohio.edu.