Lowell Merritt v. Robert DavisAppeal from 380th Judicial District Court of Collin County (Memorandum Opinion )

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DISMISS; Opinion Filed August 19, 2013. In The Court of Appeals Fifth District of Texas at Dallas No. 05-13-00819-CV LOWELL MERRITT, Appellant V. ROBERT DAVIS, Appellee On Appeal from the 380th Judicial District Court Collin County, Texas Trial Court Cause No. 380-01630-2013 MEMORANDUM OPINION Before Justices Lang, Myers, and Evans Opinion by Justice Evans This is an attempted appeal from the trial courtâs order dismissing Lowell Merrittâs âbill of review.â The trial courtâs order reflects Merritt, who has been declared a vexatious litigant and is subject to a pre-filing order under section 11.101 of the Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code,1 failed to obtain an order from the local administrative judge permitting him to proceed with his litigation. See TEX. CIV. PRAC. & REM. CODE ANN. §§ 11.101, 11.103 (West Supp. 2012). By letter dated July 18, 2013, the Collin County District Clerk informed us that the local administrative judge had also denied the filing of Merrittâs appeal. See id. § 11.103. Because a 1 See http://www.txcourts.gov/oca/Vexatious_Litigants.pdf (listing vexatious litigants subject to prefiling orders under section 11.101 of the Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code). We take judicial notice of this list. See Douglas v. Am. Title Co., 196 S.W.3d 876, 878 n.2 (Tex. App.âHouston [1st Dist.] 2006, no pet.) (taking judicial notice of Harris County record of vexatious litigants). vexatious litigant may not file an appeal without an order from the local administrative judge permitting the filing, we directed Merritt to file a letter brief demonstrating grounds for continuing the appeal. See id. Merritt responded, but his response fails to show the appeal may proceed. Accordingly, we dismiss the appeal. See id. 130819F.P05 /David Evans/ DAVID EVANS JUSTICE Court of Appeals Fifth District of Texas at Dallas JUDGMENT LOWELL MERRITT, Appellant No. 05-13-00819-CV V. ROBERT DAVIS, Appellee On Appeal from the 380th Judicial District Court, Collin County, Texas Trial Court Cause No. 380-01630-2013. Opinion delivered by Justice Evans. Justices Lang and Myers participating. In accordance with this Courtâs opinion of this date, we DISMISS the appeal. We ORDER that appellee Robert Davis recover his costs, if any, of this appeal from appellant Lowell Merritt. Judgment entered this 19th day of August, 2013. /David Evans/ DAVID EVANS JUSTICE