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October argument sitting

October 7th, 2019 · Comments Off on October argument sitting

The Court has loosely themed this week’s argument days. Tuesday has two oil & gas cases, mixed with a certified question about the Texas fraudulent-transfer act. Wednesday offers three cases about Texas’s margins tax on business entities. Thursday has only two cases, which involve trial courts applying ethical rules to attorneys in two different contexts (in a business transaction and in jury research).

Set for Argument
Week of October 7, 2019
Tuesday Oct 8
  • Energy Transfer Partners, L.P. and Energy Transfer Fuel, L.P. v. Enterprise Products Partners, L.P. and Enterprise Products Operating LLC (No. 17-0862)
    January 31: Majority (Hecht)
  • Copano Energy, LLC, et al. v. Stanley D. Bujnoch, Life Estate, et al. (No. 18-0044)
    Oil And Gas •  Statute Of Frauds
    January 31: Majority (Blacklock)
  • Ralph S. Janvey, in his capacity as Court Appointed Receiver For the Stanford International Bank Limited, et al. v. GMAG, L.L.C.; Magness Securities, L.L.C.; Gary D. Magness; Mango Five Family Incorporated, In Its Capacity As Trustee For the Gary D. Magness Irrevocable Trust (No. 19-0452)
    Fraudulent Transfer
    December 20: Majority (Busby)
Wednesday Oct 9
  • Sunstate Equipment Co., LLC v. Glenn Hegar, Comptroller of Public Accounts of the State of Texas; and Ken Paxton, Attorney General of the State of Texas (No. 17-0444)
    State Taxes
    April 03: Majority (Green)
  • Glenn Hegar, Comptroller of Public Accounts of the State of Texas; and Ken Paxton, Attorney General of the State of Texas v. American Multi-Cinema, Inc. (No. 17-0464)
    State Taxes
    April 03: Majority (Busby)
  • Glenn Hegar, Comptroller of Public Accounts of the State of Texas and Ken Paxton, Attorney General of the State of Texas v. Gulf Copper and Manufacturing Corporation (No. 17-0894)
    State Taxes
    April 03: Majority (Lehrmann)
Thursday Oct 10
  • William A. Brewer III v. Lennox Hearth Products, LLC; Turner & Witt Plumbing, Inc.; Strong Custom Builders, LLC; Thermo Dynamic Insulation, LLC; State Farm Lloyds Insurance Company; Ken and Becky Teel; Ross and Meg Rushing (No. 18-0426)
    Jury Trials •  Sanctions
    April 24: Majority (Guzman) ;  Concurrence and Dissent (Boyd)
  • In re Murrin Brothers 1885, Ltd., ERI-BBTX, LLC, and Concho Minick, individually and Derivatively on behalf of Billy Bob’s Texas Investments, LLC, Philip Murrin, and Cowtown Concessions, Inc., d/b/a River Ranch Stockyards (No. 18-0737)
    Attorney Disqualification
    December 20: Majority (Blacklock)

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Second September argument sitting

September 23rd, 2019 · Comments Off on Second September argument sitting

Set for Argument
Week of September 23, 2019
Tuesday Sep 24
  • Clinton W. (“Buddy”) Pike, Sr., Daniel L. Walker, W. Tobin Wilson, VHSC Cement, LLC, and Few Ready Mix Concrete Co. v. Texas EMC Management, LLC, Texas EMC Products, LP, and EMC Cement, BV (No. 17-0557)
    Capacity •  Economic Damages •  Partnerships •  Standing
    June 19: Majority (Busby) ;  Dissent (Bland)
  • Office of the Attorney General of Texas v. Laura G. Rodriguez (No. 17-0970)
    Mitigation •  Whistleblower Act
    June 12: Majority (Bland)
  • Town of Shady Shores v. Sarah Swanson (No. 18-0413)
    Open Meetings •  Sovereign Immunity •  Summary Judgment
    December 13: Majority (Lehrmann)
Thursday Sep 26
  • Teal Trading and Development, Lp v. Champee Springs Ranches Property Owners Association (No. 17-0736)
    Property •  Restrictive Covenants •  Standing
    January 31: Majority (Bland)
  • Guy James Gray v. Patricia Skelton (No. 18-0386)
    Legal Malpractice •  Limitations
    February 21: Majority (Devine) ;  Dissent (Blacklock)
  • Brian Erikson and Quilling, Selander, Lownds, Winslett & Moser, P.C. v. Oscar Renda (No. 18-0486)
    Legal Malpractice •  Limitations
    December 20: Majority (Guzman)

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Oral arguments begin for the 2020 Term

September 16th, 2019 · Comments Off on Oral arguments begin for the 2020 Term

The Texas Supreme Court has front-loaded its argument calendar this year, with two weeks of arguments scheduled for September.

This first week marks the first argument sitting for Justice Busby and the first for Justice Bland since 2006, when she was chosen to sit by designation in a case that was re-argued after two of the regular justices had recused themselves (Hyundai Motor Company and Hyundai Motor America, Inc. v. Victor Manuel Vasquez, and Brenda Suarez Vasquez, individually and on behalf of the Estate of Alyssa Amber Vasquez, No. 03-0914 ).

Set for Argument
Week of September 16, 2019
Tuesday Sep 17
  • ConocoPhillips Company, Rodolfo C. Ramirez, individually and as Independent Administrator of the Estate of Ileana Ramirez, and El Milagro Minerals, Ltd. v. Leon Oscar Ramirez, Jr., Individually, and Jesus M. Dominguez, as Guardian of the Estate of Minerva Clementina Ramirez, an Incapacitated Person (No. 17-0822)
    Attorneys Fees •  Oil And Gas •  Wills
    January 24: Majority (Hecht)
  • George P. Bush, As the Land Commissioner of the Texas General Land Office v. Lone Oak Club, LLC (No. 18-0264)
    Water Law
    April 24: Majority (Busby) ;  Dissent (Green)
  • Ladonna Degan, Ric Terrones, John McGuire, Reed Higgins, Mike Gurley, Larry Eddington, and Steven McBride v. the Board of Trustees of the Dallas Police and Fire Pension System (No. 19-0234)
    Public Employees •  State Constitution
    January 31: Majority (Devine) ;  Dissent (Boyd)
Wednesday Sep 18
  • San Antonio River Authority v. Austin Bridge & Road, L.P. and Hayward Baker, Inc. (No. 17-0905)
    Arbitration •  Local Immunity
    May 01: Majority (Bland) ;  Dissent (Boyd)
  • In re Comaneche Turner, as Natural Parent and Next Friend of M.T., a minor (No. 18-0102)
    Discovery •  Med Mal
    December 20: Majority (Lehrmann)
  • Nathan Robinson and Misti Robinson, individually and as Representatives of All Persons Similarly Situated v. Home Owners Management Enterprises, Inc. d/b/a Home of Texas and Warranty Underwriters Insurance Company (No. 18-0504)
    Arbitration •  Class Actions
    November 22: Majority (Guzman)
Thursday Sep 19
  • Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc.; Warner Bros. Technical Operations, Inc. d/b/a Warner Bros. Advanced Digital Services; TMZ Productions, Inc.; EHM Production, Inc. d/b/a TMZ;; and Elizabeth McKernan v. Robert Jones (No. 18-0068)
    TCPA •  Defamation
    May 08: Majority (Guzman) ;  Dissent (Hecht)
  • In re R.R.K., a child (No. 18-0273)
    Appellate Rules •  Child Custody •  Finality
    December 13: Majority (Bland)
  • Creative Oil & Gas Operating, LLC v. Lona Hills Ranch, LLC (No. 18-0656)
    TCPA •  Free Speech •  Right To Petition
    December 20: Majority (Blacklock)

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