The residents may have been empowered to file suit because of previous cases, said Josh Blackman, assistant professor at the South Texas College of Law. Residents who don’t like developments can file these suits and hope to get a favorable jury and potentially could get some money, he said

“This basically puts the developers between a rock and a hard place,” Blackman said. “A developer can get all his permits and at the last minute, this lawsuit could bring them to court. … It could put a crimp in the planning for Houston developers.”

A temporary injunction hearing is set for Monday, where residents will seek to halt the project.