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Graphic Packaging Corp. v. Hegar (Opinion)  
Date: December 22, 2017
Docket Number: 15-0669

Justia Opinion Summary: A taxpayer that conducts business in multiple states must apportion its business revenue among the states in which it does business. Texas Tax Code section 171.106 provides for such apportionment under a single-factor fo...

In the Interest of K.S.L., a Child (Opinion)  
Date: December 22, 2017
Docket Number: 16-0558

Justia Opinion Summary: The San Antonio Department of Family and Protective Services brought suit on behalf of K.S.L., an infant, stating that Mother had tested positive for drugs. Father later admitted he had relapsed. There was an open legal...

In the Interest of M.M., a Child (Per Curiam)  
Date: December 22, 2017
Docket Number: 17-0044

Justia Opinion Summary: Mother had a history of drug use, had been incarcerated for heroin use, and was observed injecting heroin days before the San Antonio Department of Family and Protective Services filed a petition with respect to two-year...

In re Turner (Per Curiam)  
Date: December 22, 2017
Docket Number: 17-0099

Justia Opinion Summary: The Vethan Law Firm represents Turner in a suit against Lopez, who is represented by Cweren. Vethan hired Wright as a paralegal to work on Turner’s case. Wright exchanged emails with lawyers, communicated with Turner, r...

State Office of Risk Management v. Martinez (Opinion)  
Date: December 15, 2017
Docket Number: 16-0337

Justia Opinion Summary: At issue in this workers’ compensation was the meaning of the word “issue” as used in Title 5 of the Labor Code. The trial court ruled that Respondent did not suffer a compensable injury and was therefore not entitled...

In re Accident Fund General Insurance Co. (Per Curiam)  
Date: December 15, 2017
Docket Number: 16-0556

Justia Opinion Summary: The Division of Workers’ Compensation has exclusive jurisdiction over statutory and tort claims alleging the Texas Workers’ Compensation Act’s “bona fide offer of employment” process was misused to fabricate grounds for...

In re Coppola (Per Curiam)  
Date: December 15, 2017
Docket Number: 16-0723

Justia Opinion Summary: In this tort suit arising from a real estate transaction, the Supreme Court conditionally granted mandamus relief to Relators from an order denying leave to designate Plaintiffs’ legal advisors as responsible third parti...

University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston v. Rios (Opinion)  
Date: December 15, 2017
Docket Number: 16-0836

Justia Opinion Summary: If a plaintiff sues both public employees and their employer, section 101.106(e) of the Texas Tort Claims Act requires that the employees be immediately dismissed upon the employer’s motion, and this statutory right to d...

Allen-Pieroni v. Pieroni (Per Curiam)  
Date: December 15, 2017
Docket Number: 16-0900

Justia Opinion Summary: At issue in this appeal from a slander-of-title judgment was how the special or economic damages should be measured. When Marc Pieroni and Bonnie Allen-Pieroni divorced, Bonnie was awarded $500,000, which Marc paid in...

Miller v. JSC Lake Highlands Operations, LP (Per Curiam)  
Date: December 15, 2017
Docket Number: 16-0986

Justia Opinion Summary: The trial court did not abuse its discretion by denying Defendants’ motions to dismiss this health care liability action when it read several experts’ reports together to satisfy the requirement of the Texas Medical Liab...

Tafel v. State (Per Curiam)  
Date: December 15, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1020

Justia Opinion Summary: The proceedings involving the forfeiture of two handguns pursuant to Tex. Code Crim. Proc. 18.19 are civil in nature such that the Supreme Court has jurisdiction, but, in this case, conviction for possession of a weapon...

City of Krum, Texas v. Rice (Per Curiam)  
Date: December 15, 2017
Docket Number: 17-0081

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court vacated the judgments of the court of appeals and the trial court in this interlocutory appeal arising from Respondent’s lawsuit contesting the validity of a sex offender residency restrictions ordinanc...

In re National Lloyds Insurance Co. (Corrected)  
Date: December 8, 2017
Docket Number: 15-0591

Justia Opinion Summary: At issue in this discovery dispute arising in the context of multidistrict litigation (MDL) involving allegations of underpaid homeowner insurance claims was whether a party’s attorney-billing information is discoverable...

Longview Energy Co. v. Huff Energy Fund LP (Corrected)  
Date: December 8, 2017
Docket Number: 15-0968

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the court of appeals reversing the trial court’s judgment awarding a constructive trust to Longview Energy Company on certain mineral leases and related property and requiring t...

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