Family Sues Texas Over Centuries-Old Spanish Land Grant | NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth
The family filed a lawsuit in July in Travis County District Court, the Austin American-Statesman reported. The main defendant is the General Land Office, whose commissioner is George P. Bush.
“The land was pretty inhospitable,” Tony Zavaleta, a sociology professor at the University of Texas at Brownsville who helped a coal company survey the land in the 1980s told the newspaper. “Who knew that it was sitting on a sea of minerals?”
The Texas Supreme Court ruled in 2008 against a family, deciding that the suit had run afoul of the statute of limitations. The court issued a similar ruling in 2003.
“Your land may have been stolen, but it was a long time ago, and proving it with the right documents is really difficult,” said Lance Bruun, a South Texas oil and gas attorney who last year chaired a committee created by the Legislature to sort out #Spanish land-grant inheritance claims.
More than 600 descendants of a Mexican settler have sued Texas over the alleged 1870s seizure of a royal #land grant, claiming that they are entitled to the mineral revenue the state has collected for years.
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