News articles are still appearing about the Court’s opinions from August 31st:
Michael Maslanska writes “Texas Supreme Court refuses to engraft Ledbetter Act onto the Texas Commission on Human Rights Act”, discussing , No. 10-0353 .
The Energy Law Blog writes: “Texas Supreme Court Holds JOA Exculpatory Clause Applicable to All Activities of Operator” about , No. 10-0887 .
Legal Newsline reports: “Texas SC orders judge to clarify why he disregarded verdict” about , No. 10-0526
The Texas Tribune writes: “Texas Sees Rising Tide of Property-Rights Cases”, which while discussing larger trends, mentions “four decisions on land-use issues” from August 31, as well as , No. 09-0901 .
And the team at Texas Appellate Watch continues its series summarizing cases from the August 31st orders list.
Justice Rose Vela drops out of the race to challenge Thirteenth Court Chief Justice Roy Valdez
The article from the Corpus Christi paper is here: “Justice Rose Vela bows out of race : Incumbent Chief Justice Roy Valdez, a Democrat, will be unopposed in the November election”
It offers this account of the reasons:
Fil Vela, who beat former Solomon P. Ortiz staffer Denise Saenz Blanchard in the Democratic congressional runoff with almost 67 percent of the vote, is in a strong position to take the Rio Grande Valley-centric seat over Republican candidate Jessica Puente Bradshaw.
He said the potential of having a sitting state chief justice and U.S. representative in the same household posed challenges to their time and schedules.
“Logistically, it’d be a nightmare,” he said.
Oral arguments begin this week
The Court will hear its first oral arguments of the term on Wednesday and Thursday of this week. After a late cancellation, there are seven cases scheduled for this September sitting.
The Court publishes a complete list of the upcoming arguments on this page.