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Sinclair CEO fighting corn farmer for control of land

Reports say that the CEO of Sinclair, a broadcasting giant, is involved in a land dispute with a Maryland farmer. After purchasing 235 acres of farmland in March 2013, the CEO has been fighting with a corn farmer over control of a 95-acre portion of the land. Recently, on July 20, a contractor hired by the CEO allegedly destroyed the entire crop of corn 75 days before it was due to be harvested.

According to farmers in the area, real estate disputes between new owners and the farmers who are leasing the land are common. When a new owner purchases farmland, they are generally expected to give the person leasing it a six-month notice in writing that the lease will be canceled. However, some real estate agents are not award of this rule.

In the case of the Maryland land, the corn farmer had signed a five-year lease in 2011 and paid the entire rent in full. Later, in March 2013, the CEO purchased the land, which has been estimated to be worth $304,300. Eventually, after trying to negotiate an end to the lease, he filed a lawsuit against the farmer, claiming that the soil was not being properly treated and that the land was being eroded.

As this case shows, prior leases and other disputes can complicate the sale of certain real estate properties. Depending on the circumstances, different claims to the ability to use land can result in extended court battles. When such disputes occur, it might be beneficial to work with an attorney who has experience litigating such cases.

Source: Mediabistro Inc., "Sinclair CEO in Dispute with Maryland Farmer Over Leased Land and Destroyed Crops", Kevin Eck, August 25, 2014

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