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Entries from August 2012

Year-End Orders – 18 sets of opinions, 5 new cases set for argument [Aug. 31, 2012]

August 31st, 2012 · Comments Off on Year-End Orders – 18 sets of opinions, 5 new cases set for argument [Aug. 31, 2012]

With today’s orders list, the Texas Supreme Court issued opinions in seventeen cases, set five cases for oral argument (into next January), and dismissed a case argued last October as being improvidently granted.

These are the “year end” orders, coming at the end of the State of Texas’s fiscal year. This is also the traditional time for the court statistics to be measured and, as such, usually results in a flurry of opinions. Last year, the Court issued nineteen opinions.

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Two new cases selected for argument; no opinions today [Aug. 24, 2012]

August 24th, 2012 · Comments Off on Two new cases selected for argument; no opinions today [Aug. 24, 2012]

With today’s orders list, the Texas Supreme Court chose two new cases for oral argument — one direct appeal and one certified question.

Direct appeal challenging […]

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SCOTX sticks by its holding in the pipeline eminent-domain case; seven new grants, filling out the 2012 argument slate [Aug. 17, 2012]

August 17th, 2012 · Comments Off on SCOTX sticks by its holding in the pipeline eminent-domain case; seven new grants, filling out the 2012 argument slate [Aug. 17, 2012]

The Texas Supreme Court’s orders list had some real activity today, denying a large number of pending rehearing requests and petitions for review.

The Court also […]

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SCOTX moves one step closer to requiring word counts for all Texas appellate briefs

August 15th, 2012 · 1 Comment

In June, I wrote about a proposal before the Texas Supreme Court to adopt a word-count rule for Texas appellate briefs instead of the current […]

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Tags: Legal Writing

Certified question accepted; another on the way [Aug. 10, 2012]

August 10th, 2012 · Comments Off on Certified question accepted; another on the way [Aug. 10, 2012]

With today’s orders list, the Texas Supreme Court agreed to answer a certified question about at-will employment status. The case is GARY SAWYER, DOUG […]

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Treating the internet like a giant amicus brief: Judge Alsup’s order, from an appellate perspective

August 8th, 2012 · Comments Off on Treating the internet like a giant amicus brief: Judge Alsup’s order, from an appellate perspective

When I saw this tweet last night, my first thought was that I’ve clearly been blogging about the wrong things.

Federal Judge orders Google/Oracle to disclose […]

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Tags: News and Links

Another quiet summer orders list [Aug. 3, 2012]

August 3rd, 2012 · Comments Off on Another quiet summer orders list [Aug. 3, 2012]

With today’s orders list, the Texas Supreme Court did not issue any opinions or choose any new petitions for oral argument.

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