Sept. 10, 2021
BALTIMORE – A Maryland judge has dismissed an eminent domain lawsuit against Stonewall Capital LLC, which faced condemnation of 43 acres in South Baltimore for a planned high-speed magnetic levitation train. Stonewall was represented by the Nelson Mullins team of Matt Sturtz, Lee Wedekind, Tim Hodge, and Bryan Gales.
Developer Baltimore Washington Rapid Rail sought the property as part of an overall plan to build a new $14 billion train line and terminal between Washington, D.C. and Baltimore and filed a lawsuit against property owner Stonewall, which partners Tim Hodge and Eric Smith and associate Adam Scharff had assisted the company in purchasing to develop the site into a waterfront destination with 1,300 housing units, retail, offices, restaurants, and a waterfront park.
The Nelson Mullins team argued that the rail developer did not have the authority to use eminent domain or initiate condemnation. Baltimore City Circuit Judge Kendra Ausby agreed with the client’s position and granted Stonewall Capital’s motion to dismiss.
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