IN RE NESTLE USA, INC.

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IN THE SUPREME COURT OF TEXAS 444444444444 NO . 12-0518 444444444444 IN RE NESTLE USA, INC., RELATOR 4444444444444444444444444444444444444444444444444444 ON PETITION FOR WRIT OF MANDAMUS 4444444444444444444444444444444444444444444444444444 JUSTICE WILLETT , joined by JUSTICE LEHRMANN , dissenting. For the reasons explained in my separate writing in In re Allcat Claims Service, L.P.,1 I believe the Court lacks exclusive original mandamus jurisdiction in taxpayers constitutional challenges like this. In my view, the Court has stretched our mandamus jurisprudence beyond its constitutional and prudential limits. I would reaffirm those purposeful curbs on judicial power, not redefine them. Mandamus is not a jurisdictional talisman to conjure instant Supreme Court review. As a constitutional matter, we cannot exercise original jurisdiction that the Constitution does not permit; as a statutory matter, the Tax Code disallows taxpayer suits like this; and as a prudential matter, deciding whether a statute is constitutional is simply not the stuff of mandamus. All in all, because I believe the Court has disregarded settled doctrines to remake the mandamus remedy into something more ordinary than extraordinary, I respectfully dissent. 1 356 S.W .3d 455, 474 93 (Tex. 2011). _______________________________________ Don R. Willett Justice OPINION DELIVERED: October 19, 2012 2