“Something Much Simpler” in Texas Condemnation – The Separate Economic Unit

 Value of the property is usually the paramount issue in a condemnation case.  Two recurrent factors which often influence land values are highest and best use and size of a parcel. Property utilized for commercial pad sites in a developed subdivision is likely to have a higher value per square foot than raw land put … Read More

Challenging A Default Judgment In A Texas Federal Court

So you just learned that a federal court in Texas has entered a default judgment against your company. As a result, your company is now liable to the plaintiff for thousands of dollars even though the plaintiff’s claims against your company are weak. You didn’t even know a lawsuit had been filed. What do you do? … Read More

The Crazy Quilt of Drone Laws and the Impending Constitutional Showdown

With each passing day, it seems that we are confronted with yet another story of a drone (or “Unmanned Aircraft System” as the pros call them) being used for something amazing and something frightening. Be it constructing buildings through 3D-printing drones or spying on sunbathing beauties, the use of drones appears to be limited only … Read More

Attorney’s Fees in Eminent Domain Cases: Would a Failed Bill have Leveled the Playing Field?

    A bill that would have drastically changed condemnation law in Texas, failed to become law as the 84th Texas Legislature came to a close on June 1, 2015. Senate Bill 474 was passed by the Senate by a 25-6 vote, but the House of Representatives failed to take any action, and the bill died … Read More

Review Commission Vacates OSHA Housekeeping Citation Arising From Fatal Accident

On April 27, 2015, the Occupational Safety & Health Review Commission issued a decision vacating an OSHA Citation issued against Brand Energy Solutions, LLC in Secretary of Labor v. Brand Energy Solutions, LLC, OSHRC Docket No. 09-1048, which can be found at http://www.oshrc.gov/decisions/html_2015/09-1048.htm. The Citation was issued as a result of an OSHA investigation conducted … Read More