Condemnation

The 3 Phases of Condemnation in Texas

Posted in Condemnation on December 17, 2020

Because Texas is a state rich in open space and natural resources, many government agencies approach Texas landowners with condemnation letters to usurp their properties. This action occurs due to the concept of eminent domain, or the government’s right to take private property for public use. If you are facing condemnation, it is important to… read more


Property Rights in the State of Texas

Posted in Condemnation,Eminent Domain on October 15, 2020

Texas is full of natural resources, beautiful landscapes, and wide-open space. Unfortunately, these benefits often leave Texas landowners vulnerable to the government. If the land could be useful for the public, a government agency or utility company may exercise eminent domain to take control of the property. Eminent domain is a constitutional right that the… read more


DART “Silver Line” May Damage Businesses in Dallas – Fox News 4 Features Justin Hodge

Posted in Condemnation,Eminent Domain,News on September 28, 2019

Dallas Fox 4 discusses the impact of the DART “Silver Line” on business owners and interviews Marrs Ellis & Hodge, LLP partner, Justin Hodge, regarding property rights reform. https://www.fox4news.com/news/business-owner-worries-dart-silver-line-construction-will-hurt-bottom-line


Justin Hodge Talks About Eminent Domain in Houston Public Media Podcast

Posted in Condemnation,News,Pipeline on June 26, 2019

Full Show: Kinder Morgan Wins Texas Eminent Domain Challenge, And Wrongful Conviction Compensation Denied (June 26, 2019) By Abner Fletcher Houston Matters … “On Wednesday’s Houston Matters: A Travis County District Court ruled Tuesday that Kinder Morgan Inc. does not need to seek approval from the Texas Railroad Commission to build its proposed $2 billion natural gas… read more


Justin Hodge Addresses Flood Victims Regarding Inverse Condemnation Claims

Posted in Condemnation,Eminent Domain,News on September 18, 2017

  Hurricane Harvey Flooding – Q&A on Inverse Condemnation Against Federal Government with Mark Lanier, the Lanier Law Firm, and Justin Hodge, Johns Marrs Ellis & Hodge LLP.


Luke Ellis interviewed on Fox News: Border wall faces legal battles over eminent domain in Texas

Posted in Border Fence,Border Wall,Condemnation,Eminent Domain,Infrastructure Projects,News on April 5, 2017

 Luke Ellis interviewed on Fox News regarding condemnation of Texas property for border wall.  You can watch the whole interview “Click HERE to play.”


Houston Chronicle Interviews JMEH Partner Justin Hodge About Eminent Domain

Posted in Condemnation,Eminent Domain,Events,Harris County eminent domain,Houston eminent domain,Infrastructure Projects,News,Pipeline,Power line,TxDOT on February 20, 2017

JMEH Partner Justin Hodge interviewed with reporter L.M. Sixel of the Houston Chronicle for a Q&A session on Texas Eminent Domain. He answered legal questions concerning TxDOT, pipeline, and powerline eminent domain cases. He also discussed the landowner protections contained in the law, and explained when it is necessary to hire a condemnation or eminent… read more


Jury Awards Landowner $393,165 in Condemnation Case

Posted in Condemnation,Eminent Domain,News on February 27, 2015

Luke Ellis, Justin Hodge, and Jacob Merkord won a Wichita County jury trial regarding the reduction in value caused by a 345kV high-voltage electric transmission line easement.  The dispute began in December 2011 when Oncor Electric Delivery Company LLC sued a Wichita County landowner to gain 33.65 acres of easement area to construction and maintain… read more


Luke Ellis Speaks About Private Property Rights at Texas Public Policy Foundation

Posted in Condemnation,Eminent Domain,News on January 10, 2015

Luke Ellis was invited to speak at the 13th Annual Texas Public Policy Foundation’s Policy (TPPF) Orientation, one of the nation’s top policy conferences held in Austin on January 8, 2015.  Luke spoke on a panel called “Protecting Property Rights Amidst the Texas Miracle” along with State Senator Lois Kolkhorst, Chris Mosley (Attorney, City of… read more


Luke Ellis is Quoted Regarding New Rules Modifying Pipeline Companies

Posted in Condemnation,News,Pipeline on December 10, 2014

By Max B. Baker Star-Telegram (Fort Worth) The Texas Railroad Commission has approved new rules modifying what pipeline operators must do to become common carriers and possibly get the power to condemn land for their projects. Luke Ellis, an Austin attorney, also said the agency could have given landowners some say in the pipeline’s route –… read more


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