Texas: Appeals court squelches Grimes County suit against high-speed rail

By Barbara Boxleitner, The Madisonville Meteor; August 6, 2019

The 14th Court of Appeal in Houston shut down an effort by Grimes County to stop Texas Central Partners LLC and its affiliates from taking surveys along the company’s planned high-speed rail route that would also cut through Madison County.

A panel of three judges – Chief Justice Kem Thompson Frost and justices Tracy Christopher and Frances Bourliot – ruled on July 25 that a lower court had erred in granting summary judgment and issuing a permanent injunction in Grimes County’s common-law public-nuisance suit against Texas Central Partners and Pacheco Koch Consulting Engineers, Inc. The county had claimed surveys performed by the two companies had unreasonably interfered with the public’s use of roads, according to the ruling by the appeals court.

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