Texas Central Partners’ recent loss in a Houston courtroom may be good news for Grimes County land-owners fearing imminent domain.
County Judge Ben Leman tells Navasota News, the firm in charge of the proposed high speed rail line proposed to run through Grimes, has been masquerading as a company with the right of imminent domain, and that ruling strikes a blow against its claims.
Leman says, TCP asked the Houston-Judge to rule that they are a rail road, they have the right of imminent domain, and they are a imminent inter-urban-electric-rail. But each were denied.
A statement from the rail-line argues the judge did not issue any opinion on TCP’s rights or company operations; he only declined its requests.
While the company was looking for a quick summary judgment, Lehman says it will now have to plead its case in the courtroom later next year. But while the battle isn’t over, he still feels pretty good as the company’s best efforts are being thwarted.
As the battle over the high-speed rail-line continues, here in Grimes County and across Texas, you’ll hear about it on Navasota News.