Now that we’ve updated you on the open records lawsuit against the AG and TxDOT, let’s turn our attention to the lawsuit filed against Texas Central over their survey permission form.
In the lawsuit filed by TAHSR member Jim Miles in Leon County, Jim asked the Court to rule that the survey permission form Texas Central is demanding landowners to sign is unlawful because it goes beyond the scope of what is allowed under Texas law. Jim is also asking the Court to rule that Texas Central doesn’t have the right to get on his private property. Here is a link to the lawsuit Jim filed:
On April 15, Texas Central responded to Jim’s lawsuit. Now they are saying that the survey permission form is … wait for it … VOLUNTARY, even though they’ve been telling hundreds of landowners that they MUST sign the form and let Texas Central on their land, or they will get sued. If it is voluntary like Texas Central is telling the Court in bold letters, then why are they suing landowners in Harris County to get on their property?
Texas Central is also telling the Court it can’t rule on Jim’s lawsuit. They claim the issue raised in Jim’s lawsuit is “moot” because they aren’t going to sue Jim “on the terms of the survey permission form.” But they are still trying to get on Jim’s land. It says so in the answer they filed with the Court.
So why is Texas Central telling the Court they aren’t going to sue landowners like Jim, when that is exactly what they are doing in Harris County? Why can’t Texas Central just be honest with Texas landowners and the Court?
Here is a link to Texas Central’s response in Jim Mile’s lawsuit:
Here are links to the lawsuits Texas Central filed in Harris County:
After Texas Central filed its answer to Jim Miles’ lawsuit in Leon County, Jim sent a proper notice to Texas Central to take the deposition of one of their representatives. Jim wants to know—under oath—why Texas Central thinks it has eminent domain authority and the right to enter his property to take a survey. Jim also wants to know if Texas Central has all of its money in place from its Japanese partners in order to finish construction of the high-speed train. Here is a link to Jim’s deposition notice:
Once again, Texas Central is refusing to send a representative, like CEO Tim Keith, to answer questions under oath. Instead, they filed another motion to “quash” the deposition. They also asked the Court for a protective order because they are afraid of giving any discovery related to the high-speed train.
Here is a link to the document Texas Central filed so that they don’t have to answer questions under oath or provide any information related to their project.