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 –Learn More
Luke Ellis was invited to speak at the Hill Country Alliance Workshop in Fredericksburg, Texas on September 6, 2014. The Workshop was planned for all potentially impacted landowners by the proposed substation and transmission line planned for the Blumenthal area, including Gillespie, Kendall, and Blanco Counties. The objective was to help property owners understand theirLearn More
By Max B. Baker Star-Telegram To be frank, the idea of a pipeline running across his prairie really ticked off cattleman Pete Bonds. But not to be paid a fair price for the land only made him madder. Bonds, who owns 1,000 acres northwest of Fort Worth near Saginaw, said the pipeline company wanted aLearn More
Luke Ellis was invited to speak at the Hidalgo County Bar Association in McAllen on July 2, 2014 in response to several large eminent domain/condemnation projects in the area including Electric Transmission Texas, LLC’s proposed North-Edinburg to Loma Alta transmission line project, the International Bridge Trade Corridor project, the expansion of SH 365, and theLearn More
Luke Ellis was invited to speak at the Hood County Bar Association in Granbury on May 23, 2014 in response to several planned pipeline projects in the area. He discussed the for-profit oil and gas industry and its power to condemn private land. Luke discussed the different valuation methodologies associated with pipeline easement takings, includingLearn More
By Bill Hanna Star-Telegram ELECTRA — Inside his local bank, Terry McAlister pulls the tattered documents out of the safe-deposit box. The abstract of title, which includes pages that have been affixed to newer pieces of paper to keep them from fraying, dates to 1899. McAlister points to parts of his Wichita County property along theLearn More
JMEH partners Luke Ellis and Justin Hodge represented a landowner in a jury trial over the disputed value of a pipeline easement. The Plaintiff pipeline company had offered $80,000. After a week-long trial, the jury returned a verdict of $1.6 million, which resulted in entry of a $2.1-million final judgment in the landowner’s favor. ThisLearn More
Justin Hodge and Chris Johns, two JMEH partners, will present “Property Damages: Valuing Property Rights in Condemnation, Groundwater, and Oil-and-Gas Disputes” at the Texas Bar CLE’s Program on Damages in Civil Litigation on Feb. 6, 2014. The presentation will take place during the Texas Bar Association’s 2-day program in Dallas created to help lawyers stayLearn More
JMEH Partner Joe Marrs, upon invitation from the Houston Bar Association, presented on developing a probate litigation practice on June 20, 2013 as part of the HBA’s CLE program.
The University of Texas Law School invited partners Luke Ellis and Justin Hodge to speak at its 2013 Ernest E. Smith Oil, Gas and Mineral Law Institute event held in Houston. The two presented a session titled “Supreme Court Landowner Condemnation—Landowner Perspective” on March 22.