Houston Must Face Claims In $3M Drainage Fee Battle

Law360, Houston (January 23, 2014, 4:43 PM EST) -- A Texas appeals court said Thursday that the City of Houston must face a suit brought by apartment complexes and railway companies including BNSF Railway Co. and Union Pacific Railroad Co. that claim they are being unfairly forced to pay a municipal drainage fee.

In a pair of opinions, the Fourteenth District Court of Appeals ruled that Houston Director of Public Works Daniel Kruger may have exceeded his authority when he determined that the fee applied to large swaths of property that do not rely upon...
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