News & Highlights

  • Trump Border Wall and What It Means for Property Owners

    One of the recurring themes during Donald Trump’s presidential campaign was his proposal for a U.S. – Mexico border wall that will span through the southern boundaries of California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas. The wall has been touted as a means of helping control immigration across the southern border of the United States. Illegal […]
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  • Dawson & Sodd Case Featured In 2017 Appraisal Journal

    Recently, one of our cases (Crosstex DC Gathering Co. v. Button) made it into the Winter 2017 Appraisal Journal. Here is a brief intro for this informative article: Three recent pipeline cases in Texas resulted in landowners receiving significant awards for damages to the remainder. These cases illustrate appraisal methods and courtroom strategies employed by […]
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  • The Reason Foundation Raises Many Concerns about the Texas High Speed Rail Project

    One of the TCR’s big selling points of their proposed high speed rail line is that it will be privately financed and require no taxpayer subsidies for its operation. However, a recent study entitled, “Texas High Speed Rail: Caution Ahead” by Baruch Feigenbaum, the assistant director of transportation policy at the Reason Foundation, concludes that […]
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  • Texas Lawmakers Put the Brakes on High Speed Rail

    Since the Texas Central Railroad announced plans to build a high speed rail connecting Dallas to Houston, many landowners whose property is located along the rail line’s proposed routes have expressed concerns about the project. One of the major issues Texas landowners have with Texas Central is the company’s assertion that it has rights to […]
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  • The “Voice of Texas Agriculture” Voices Opposition To The High Speed Rail Project

    Called the “Voice of Texas Agriculture,” the Texas Farm Bureau is one of the largest and most influential group of farmers, ranchers and rural residents in the state.  The TFB recently used this voice to express concerns about the proposed high speed rail project and its potential impact on rural communities lying along its route. […]
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  • Another Texas County Voices Opposition to the High Speed Rail Project

    Most of the Texas counties lying in the path of the proposed high speed rail line won’t see any economic benefits from Texas Central Partners’ non-stop Houston to Dallas high speed railway project. Just the opposite: the bullet train will result in additional financial burdens to a lot of these counties, such as extra costs […]
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  • Dawson & Sodd Partner Speaks At Meeting Of Texans For Property Rights

    Texas eminent domain lawyer Clay Beard, a partner at Dawson & Sodd, recently spoke at a meeting of Texans for Property Rights. This coalition of Texas organizations advocates for improving landowners’ rights in state eminent domain laws. About Texans for Property Rights Texans for Property Rights is a grassroots effort made up of 15 organizations […]
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  • Texas High Speed Rail Attorney Explains Who Is Affected By Bullet Train Project

    Texas Central Railway has spent the past four years working to build the nation’s first bullet train to connect Houston and Dallas. This proposed 240-mile high speed railroad would require the use of about 3,000 acres of land. Who would be impacted by the project? Read on to find out from the Texas high speed […]
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  • The Problems With Texas High-Speed Rail Project

    Texas Central is a private, for-profit company seeking to connect the cities of Dallas and Houston with high-speed bullet trains. The company touts many advantages to this huge undertaking, which would stretch 240 miles with dedicated north and southbound tracks. Unfortunately, the benefits of this project are mostly imaginary. However, the disadvantages to landowners and […]
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  • Is Eminent Domain Legal in Texas?

    Condemnation of property is when the government (or a private entity given authority by the government) seizes land. It happens all over the U.S., but is eminent domain legal in Texas? The law is complex, but yes, eminent domain laws generally grant the government the ability to condemn property for legitimate public uses. There are […]
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