St. Mary's Law Journal
This Article will explore questions at the frontier of eminent domain law using the Houston Rodeo's 2020 closure as its case study. In doing so, it will attempt to clear the muddied waters of the Court's jurisprudence on compensable takings. Because of the Rodeo's location, and because of the Supreme Court's recent decision in Knick v. Townshjp of Scott, this analysis will be done using both federal and Texas law. However, since many state jurisdictions either parallel federal takings law or have made their respective takings statutes more stringent - finding compensable takings more easily than Texas or the federal government - this analysis will apply to many other state jurisdictions as well. Ultimately, the case law used does not affect this Article's conclusion. The City took the Rodeo's property when it forced the Rodeo's closure on March 11, 2020, regardless of the fact that it acted pursuant to its police powers. Further, this Article will show, when properly read, existing state and federal case law supports such a finding in favor of the Rodeo's regulatory takings case against the City.
Emilio R. Longoria, The Case for the Rodeo: An Analysis of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo's Inverse Condemnation Case against the City of Houston, 52 St. Mary's L.J. 125 (2020).