If you've ever had a mechanics' lien placed on your property you know that it has nothing to do with your car or the mechanic that you use for auto repairs. But if you've never heard much about this particular legal maneuver, you'll agree with most of the people who find themselves in a similar position: the name is what makes the mechanics' lien so confusing; they are actually most often used by subcontractors and suppliers. It's a legal claim against a property that has been improved or remodeled in some way.
Inverse condemnation is a term used to describe a legal situation in which the government takes and/or damages private property using the power of eminent domain, but fails to pay the compensation that is required (according to the 5th Amendment of the Constitution). The same Amendment provides government agencies with the power of eminent domain, or the "right to take." Additionally, the California Constitution provides a basis for the same proceedings reflecting the federal law.