High Court Won't Revive $17M Award In Houston Land Case

Law360, Houston (October 6, 2014, 5:32 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to reinstate a landowner group's $17 million judgment against the city of Houston that was tossed after a state appeals court found that environmental concerns justified restrictions against oil and gas development near Lake Houston.

The high court refused to hear Trail Enterprises Inc.'s complaint that the Fourteenth District Court of Appeals ignored constitutional protections against governmental "takings" of private property when it ruled that the need to protect the lake as a source of drinking water insulated the...
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