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Texas High Court Allows Taking Of Developer's Land For Road

Law360 (May 17, 2019, 8:12 PM EDT) -- A divided Texas Supreme Court said on Friday the City of Rowlett, Texas, had the authority to condemn land owned by a private developer even though the move helped a rival developer and a private business, deciding that there was a valid public use driving the decision.

In a 6-3 decision, the majority said a Texas law aimed at limiting the government's eminent domain power did not apply to the specific facts of the case. Extending KMS Retail Rowlett LP's road to connect to Sprouts Farmers Market grocery, which the town had sought to attract, was a public use and was...

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