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Deliberations Underway In LBJ Express Damaged Homes Case

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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) - Jury deliberations are underway in a lawsuit filed by North Texas homeowners who claim construction work on the LBJ Express Project damaged their homes.

Closing arguments in the first of hundreds of potential lawsuits were heard this morning at the George Allen Courts Building in Dallas. The case could be key, since what happens in court today could determine the fate of cases to come.

The case the jury will decide on today focuses on the Rodriguez family home. During the trial their lawyers said 635 roadwork caused their home to shift, leaving lots of cracks and some walls splitting open.

The LBJ Express construction project, which carved new express toll lanes into and under the highway, began in 2011 and ran through 2015.

The attorneys further told the jury that there is a cluster of homes, running east to west from Josey Lane to Midway Road, with the same problems.

But attorneys for Trinity Infrastructure, the contractor for the project, say there is no proof. They say the Rodriguez home is a quarter-mile away from the site of the construction and had a history of foundation problems long before the roadwork began.

The homeowners say their house is beyond repair. If the jury finds Trinity Infrastructure negligent they are asking for the cost to replace their property - $235,000.

There are three other cases slated to be heard in Texas courtrooms over the next few months.

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