A company seeking to run a pipeline across East Texas instead crossed the wrong Texan, and now a state appeals court ruling in the dispute could make it harder to condemn land and snatch private property for future pipelines.
Private property right advocates cheered an opinion issued Thursday by the Ninth Court of Appeals in Beaumont in a case involving wealthy East Texas landowner — and storied trial lawyer — Wayne Reaud, who challenged the company that insisted it could take his land through the power of eminent domain.
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