With its November 22, 2013 orders, the Texas Supreme Court chose seven cases for oral argument in January 2014.
, No. 12-0563 – Cross-petitions in a defamation case. One side asks whether the damages here are supported by sufficient evidence and what is required to preserve error under Casteel. The other asks whether a permanent injunction against defamatory speech would also have been permissible.
, No. 12-0789 – What is the standard for challenging an arbitration award on the basis that the arbitrator was not impartial?
, No. 13-0122 – When does a provision in a set of arbitration rules make a commercial arbitration agreement unconscionable?
Oil and gas (and other subsurface fluids)
, No. 12-0905 – Should Texas recognize a common-law cause of action for trespass involving fluids far beneath the surface?
, No. 12-0937 – Whether the Texas statute designed to prevent lenders from obtaining a windfall recovery after below-market foreclosure sales can be waived, and if so, how specific must the borrower’s waiver be.
Maritime jurisdiction and the Dram Shop Act
, No. 12-1013 – Whether maritime jurisdiction (and, thus, duties under maritime law) apply to a drunk-driving accident after a fishing event organized by the defendant.
, No. 12-1039 – The petition asks about the scope of the waiver by local governments for entering into a lease that (it is alleged) did not involve the provision of goods or services.