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EXLP Leasing, LLC v. Galveston Central Appraisal District (Opinion)  
Date: March 2, 2018
Docket Number: 15-0683

Justia Opinion Summary: Galveston County failed to rebut the presumed constitutionality of a statutory formula determining the taxable value of leased natural-gas compressors located in its jurisdiction. Further, Washington County was the taxab...

Diamond Offshore Services Ltd. v. Williams (Opinion)  
Date: March 2, 2018
Docket Number: 16-0434

Justia Opinion Summary: Except in rare circumstances, when the admissibility of a video is at issue, the proper exercise of discretion requires the trial court to actually view the video evidence before ruling on its admissibility. The trial c...

SCI Texas Funeral Services, Inc. v. Nelson (Opinion)  
Date: February 23, 2018
Docket Number: 16-0297

Justia Opinion Summary: The limitations on mental anguish damages do not require a contractual relationship between the plaintiff and defendant before mental anguish damages can be recovered for mishandling a corpse. Cody Nelson sued SCI Texa...

State v. Morello (Opinion)  
Date: February 23, 2018
Docket Number: 16-0457

Justia Opinion Summary: Both Bernard Morello and White Lion Holdings, LLC could be assessed civil penalties under the Texas Water Code for actions that Morello performed as an employee of White Lion. The court of appeals reversed the judgment...

In re Marion Shipman (Per Curiam)  
Date: February 23, 2018
Docket Number: 16-0607

Justia Opinion Summary: In this discovery dispute, the Supreme Court conditionally granted mandamus relief and ordered the trial court to vacate its order directing a relator to turn over his computer and other electronic devices for forensic e...

In re Andrew Silver (Opinion)  
Date: February 23, 2018
Docket Number: 16-0682

Justia Opinion Summary: A client’s communications with his registered patent agent, made to facilitate the agent’s provision of authorized legal services to the client, are privileged under Tex. R. Evid. 503. Andrew Silver brought a breach of...

Henry v. Cash Biz, LP (Opinion)  
Date: February 23, 2018
Docket Number: 16-0854

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case involving an arbitration provision in short-term loan contracts the Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the court of appeals ruling (1) the borrowers’ claims against the lender came within the arbitration...

Shamrock Psychiatric Clinic, P.A. v. Texas Department of Health & Human Services (Per Curiam)  
Date: February 23, 2018
Docket Number: 16-0890

Justia Opinion Summary: Shamrock Psychiatric Clinic, P.A., a Medicaid provider, was entitled to a contested-case hearing on the merits of the State’s claim to recoup alleged overpayments. Texas law directs the Inspector General to recover fr...

In re Interest of C.J.N.-S. (Per Curiam)  
Date: February 23, 2018
Docket Number: 16-0909

Justia Opinion Summary: The mother of an adult disabled child had standing under the Texas Family Code to seek child support even though the child did not live with the mother, the mother did not have physical custody of the child, and the moth...

Altesse Healthcare Solutions, Inc. v. Wilson (Per Curiam)  
Date: February 23, 2018
Docket Number: 16-0922

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendants’ failure to fully comply with a temporary restraining order did not justify sanctions even more severe than death-penalty sanctions imposed by the trial court. Plaintiffs sought a temporary restraining order...

Alexander Dubs Jefferson & Townsend LLP v. Chevron Phillips Chemical Co. (Per Curiam)  
Date: February 23, 2018
Docket Number: 16-1018

Justia Opinion Summary: A turnover order is not a final, appealable judgment when it merely orders funds subject to an as yet unadjudicated ownership dispute into the court’s registry. Here, a turnover order directed funds subject to disputed...

C. Borunda Holdings, Inc. v. Lake Proctor Irrigation Authority of Comanche County (Per Curiam)  
Date: February 23, 2018
Docket Number: 17-0107

Justia Opinion Summary: A defendant can prevail on the merits of its counterclaims against a governmental entity when the governmental entity recovers monetary relief on its affirmative claims by filing a lien and a lis pendens and then nonsuit...

City of Richardson v. Oncor Electric Delivery Co. (Opinion)  
Date: February 2, 2018
Docket Number: 15-1008

Justia Opinion Summary: The pro-forma provision in the tariff in this case, which set the rates and terms for a utility’s relationship with its retail customers, did not conflict with a prior franchise agreement, which reflected the common law...

Baty v. Futrell (Opinion)  
Date: February 2, 2018
Docket Number: 16-0164

Justia Opinion Summary: The trial court abused its discretion in concluding that Plaintiff’s expert report did not represent a good-faith effort to meet the requirements of the Texas Medical Liability Act and in dismissing Plaintiff’s health ca...

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