No. And, FOUR Texas newspapers had to print retractions saying so.
In December 2016, State District Judge Joseph “Tad” Halbach decided the case would be heard in a trial, tentatively scheduled in July 2017. He did not rule on the merits of the case. He did not make any ruling on eminent domain authority. He did not rule against Texas Central’s assertion that it has the right to survey private property. But some newspapers were misled by the project’s opponents, who issued a press release that falsely claimed the judge had declared Texas Central was not a railroad with eminent domain authority.
As former Texas Supreme Court Justice Craig Enoch, said in a statement:
“The news release from Texans Against High-Speed Rail does not pass legal and factual scrutiny. The judge did not issue a final ruling on Texas Central’s status as a railroad company or its power of eminent domain. The court made no decision on Texas Central operating as a bona fide railroad company. The trial will determine these issues, not this preliminary hearing.”
Ellis County Press:
The Corsicana Sun:
The Mexia News:
The Red Oak Record:
Looking ahead, the setting of a trial date does not affect or impede the company’s operations, its ongoing surveying, its land purchase program, its financial partnerships, the federal environmental assessment or any of the other developments underway.