Visiting judge issues order closing damaged telecommunication facilities suit

By John Suayan, Galveston Bureau | Nov 7, 2013

GALVESTON - A property damage lawsuit pitting GTE Southwest Inc. against the city of League City was disposed.

Acting Judge David L. Garner approved GTE's motion to dismiss and subsequently issued an order shutting the case on Oct. 28, more than two months after it was filed.

As previously reported, the plaintiff, doing business as Verizon Southwest, sued the city in August for ruining its pedestal and telecommunications cable and conduit facilities near the intersection of Woodcock Street and Lawrence Road on Aug. 16, 2011.

Court documents filed Aug. 7 explained that a city worker caused the damage as they were mowing property in the area.

“This mechanized equipment came into contact with and damaged the plaintiff’s telecommunications facilities, thus violating the property rights of the plaintiff and causing the plaintiff’s damages,” according to the original petition.

The suit insisted the aforementioned facilities “were lawfully in place at that location.”
League City formally refuted the allegations three weeks after the litigation was initiated.

Attorney Patricia L. Hayden of Houston represented the defendant.

Case No. 13-CV-1031

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