A Texas family has won their case claiming the LBJ freeway expansion damaged their home. The Plaintiffs, Aurora and Felipe Rodriguez, were the first of 223 Plaintiffs to go to trial against Trinity Infrastructure. The Plaintiffs all claim the construction caused the homes to shift and crack and be damaged. The jury awarded the Plaintiff $248,000 to rebuild their home, finding the contractor behind the project at fault. The Rodriguez family’s case was a test case meant to gauge a jury’s response to the homeowners’ arguments and damages.
Unlike some houses that have backyards running up to the LBJ freeway, the Rodriguez family lives a quarter mile away. Their victory was seen as highly significant for other homeowners who have also filed suit. During the trial, lawyers for Trinity argued that there was no evidence to prove the homeowners’ claims. But the jury disagreed. However, the jurors did not find the company owed the Rodriguez family any money for the “nuisance” it caused. Dallas lawyer Dean Gresham represented the Plaintiffs in this first case.
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