Supreme Court of Texas Decisions 2018

State ex rel. Best v. Harper (Corrected)  
Date: December 21, 2018
Docket Number: 16-0647

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed as modified the judgment of the court of appeals reversing the trial court’s denial of Defendant’s motion to dismiss this suit seeking to remove Defendant from a county hospital district board,...

RSL Funding, LLC v. Newsome (Opinion)  
Date: December 21, 2018
Docket Number: 16-0998

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the court of appeals affirming the trial court’s denial of a motion to compel arbitration of a dispute over which of two orders approving a transfer of a payee’s structured-sett...

Compass Bank v. Calleja-Ahedo (Opinion)  
Date: December 21, 2018
Docket Number: 17-0065

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court held that Plaintiff, rather than his Bank, must suffer the financial consequences of the complete draining of Plaintiff’s bank account by an identity theft through a series of fraudulent transactions....

JBS Carriers, Inc. v. Washington (Opinion)  
Date: December 21, 2018
Docket Number: 17-0151

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the court of appeals affirming the decision of the trial court rendering judgment for Plaintiffs in this negligence action, holding that the trial court erred by excluding certa...

Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital of Denton v D.A. (Opinion)  
Date: December 21, 2018
Docket Number: 17-0256

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court held that the Texas Medical Liability Act’s emergency-medical-care provision, which requires claimants asserting certain medical-malpractice claims to prove “willful and wanton negligence,” applies to c...

S&S Emergency Training Solutions, Inc. v. Elliott (Opinion)  
Date: December 21, 2018
Docket Number: 17-0628

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the court of appeals holding that Emergency Medical Training Services (EMTS) did not provide clear and specific evidence under the Texas Citizens Participation Act (TCPA), Tex....

Murphy Exploration & Production Co. v. Adams (Corrected)  
Date: November 30, 2018
Docket Number: 16-0505

Justia Opinion Summary: In this contract dispute over an offset provision in an oil and gas lease the Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the court of appeals reversing the trial court’s judgment in the lessee’s favor, holding that the court...

Ward County Appraisal District v. EES Leasing LLC (Per Curiam)  
Date: November 16, 2018
Docket Number: 15-0965

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed in part and reversed in part the judgment of the court of appeals, holding that Texas Tax Code 23.1241 and 23.1242 controlled the taxable situs of the compressors at issue in this case and that...

Reeves County Appraisal District v. MidCon Compression, LLC (Per Curiam)  
Date: November 16, 2018
Docket Number: 15-0969

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case challenging where taxes on compressors were due, the Supreme Court affirmed in part and reversed in part the judgment of the court of appeals, holding (1) Tex. Tax Code 23.1241 and 23.1242 controlled the tax...

Reeves County Appraisal District v. Valerus Compression Services (Per Curiam)  
Date: November 16, 2018
Docket Number: 15-0970

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case concerning where taxes on compressors were due, the Supreme Court affirmed in part and reversed in part the judgment of the court of appeals, holding (1) Tex. Tax Code 23.1241 and 23.1242 controlled the taxa...

Loving County Appraisal District v. EXLP Leasing LLC (Per Curiam)  
Date: November 16, 2018
Docket Number: 15-0971

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case concerning where taxes on compressors were due, the Supreme Court affirmed in part and reversed in part the judgment of the court of appeals, holding (1) Tex. Tax Code 23.1241 and 23.1242 controlled the taxa...

In re North Cypress Medical Center Operating Co., Ltd. (Corrected)  
Date: November 16, 2018
Docket Number: 16-0851

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court denied the defendant hospital’s petition for a writ of mandamus challenging a trial court’s order requiring the hospital to produce information regarding its reimbursement rates from private insurers an...

Carl M. Archer Trust No. Three v. Tregellas (Opinion)  
Date: November 16, 2018
Docket Number: 17-0093

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the court of appeals’ judgment that the statute of limitations barred a claim for breach of a recorded right of first refusal to purchase a mineral interest and reinstated the judgment of the t...

Abshire v. Christus Health Southeast Texas (Per Curiam)  
Date: November 16, 2018
Docket Number: 17-0386

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the court of appeals holding that a health care claimant’s expert report was insufficient as to causation with respect to one of her providers and dismissing her claims against...

In re Castle Texas Production Limited Partnership (Per Curiam)  
Date: November 16, 2018
Docket Number: 17-0863

Justia Opinion Summary: In this appeal from the court of appeals’ denial of a petition for mandamus relief from the trial court’s ruling on remand, the Supreme Court directed the trial court to render judgment for Castle Texas Production Limite...

In re Interest of A.C. (Opinion)  
Date: October 26, 2018
Docket Number: 17-0477

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the court of appeals in this government-initiated termination proceeding, holding that a parent’s unrecanted and uncontroverted admission that termination is in her children’s b...

Musallam v. Ali (Opinion)  
Date: October 26, 2018
Docket Number: 17-0762

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the court of appeals determining that Musa “Moses” Musallam failed to preserve error to challenge the jury’s finding that he agreed to sell his business to Amar Ali, holding tha...

In re Occidental Chemical Corp. (Opinion)  
Date: October 12, 2018
Docket Number: 18-0660

Justia Opinion Summary: In this proceeding under Tex. Loc. Gov’t Code 72.010 authorizing property owners subject to multiple taxation to petition the Supreme Court directly to determine which county is owed taxes, the Court determined that it h...

Wasson Interests, Ltd. v. City of Jacksonville, Texas (Opinion)  
Date: October 5, 2018
Docket Number: 17-0198

Justia Opinion Summary: Having granted Petitioner’s motion for rehearing, the Supreme Court withdrew the judgment and opinion issued on June 1, 2018, holding that the contract in this case arose from a municipality’s performance of a propriety...

Willacy County Appraisal District v. Sebastian Cotton & Grain, Ltd. (Corrected)  
Date: September 28, 2018
Docket Number: 16-0626

Justia Opinion Summary: In this property-tax dispute regarding ownership of tangible personal property the Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the court of appeals determining that Willacy County Appraisal District (WCAD) lacked authority to...

Sky View at Las Palmas, LLC v. Mendez (Corrected)  
Date: September 28, 2018
Docket Number: 17-0140

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the court of appeals affirming the trial court’s denial of settlement credits in this case, holding that the trial court erred in failing to apply the one-satisfaction rule and...

American K-9 Detection Services, LLC v. Freeman (Opinion)  
Date: June 29, 2018
Docket Number: 15-0932

Justia Opinion Summary: At issue was whether the district court correctly dismissed the claim that because of negligent training and handling by private military contractors, a dog that protects soldiers and others by sniffing out enemy improvi...

Bradshaw v. Bradshaw (Plurality)  
Date: June 29, 2018
Docket Number: 16-0328

Justia Opinion Summary: At issue in this divorce case was whether the trial court properly divided the parties’ community home eighty percent to Wife and twenty percent to Husband where Husband had been convicted for the continuous sexual abuse...

State ex rel. Best v. Harper (Opinion)  
Date: June 29, 2018
Docket Number: 16-0647

Justia Opinion Summary: In this removal proceeding brought under chapter 87 of the Texas Local Government Code (the removal statute), the Texas Local Government Code (TCPA) applied, and the state failed to establish a prima facie case for the r...

In re Marriage of I.C. (Opinion)  
Date: June 29, 2018
Docket Number: 16-0770

Justia Opinion Summary: In this divorce case, the Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the court of appeals affirming the finding of the trial court that Wife’s attempt to rescind a premarital agreement triggered a clause in the agreement und...

U.S. Shale Energy II, LLC v. Laborde Properties, L.P. (Opinion)  
Date: June 29, 2018
Docket Number: 17-0111

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the court of appeals holding that the royalty interest reserved to the grantor in a 1951 deed was fixed - or set at a specific percentage of production - rather than floating -...

Dalton v. Dalton (Opinion)  
Date: June 29, 2018
Docket Number: 17-0155

Justia Opinion Summary: Trial court orders enforcing an agreed spousal-support obligation, specifically, a wage-withholding order and an order assigning retirement benefits to enforce unpaid spousal support, were void. An Oklahoma court entere...

Seim v. Allstate Texas Lloyds (Per Curiam)  
Date: June 29, 2018
Docket Number: 17-0488

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court held that trial courts must expressly rule on objections in writing for error to be preserved. Plaintiffs sued Allstate Texas Lloyds and one of its adjusters (collectively, Allstate) asserting contrac...

Archer v. Anderson (Opinion)  
Date: June 22, 2018
Docket Number: 16-0256

Justia Opinion Summary: There is no cause of action in Texas for intentional interference with an inheritance. Richard Archer and Richard’s six children (the Archers) brought this action against Ted Anderson’s estate for intentional interferen...

Nazari v. State (Opinion)  
Date: June 22, 2018
Docket Number: 16-0549

Justia Opinion Summary: In this interlocutory appeal, the Supreme Court held that sovereign immunity barred the counterclaims filed by Defendants against the State and that it lacked interlocutory jurisdiction to address the trial court’s dism...

ConocoPhillips Co. v. Koopmann (Corrected)  
Date: June 22, 2018
Docket Number: 16-0662

Justia Opinion Summary: The common law rule against perpetuities does not invalidate a grantee’s future interest in the grantor’s reserved non-participating royalty interest (NPRI). Lorene Koopmann and her two children sought declaratory judgm...

In re Xerox Corp. (Opinion)  
Date: June 22, 2018
Docket Number: 16-0671

Justia Opinion Summary: At issue in this mandamus proceeding was whether the proportionate-responsbility scheme in Chapter 33 of the Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code applies to a civil-remedy action under the Texas Medical Fraud Preventio...

City of Laredo, Texas v. Laredo Merchants Ass’n (Opinion)  
Date: June 22, 2018
Docket Number: 16-0748

Justia Opinion Summary: At issue was whether the Texas Solid Waste Disposal Act (Act) preempts, and thus invalidates, a local antilitter ordinance prohibiting merchants from providing “single use” plastic and paper bags to customers for point-o...

Anderson v. Durant (Opinion)  
Date: June 22, 2018
Docket Number: 16-0842

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed in part and reversed in part the judgment of the court of appeals in this defamation, breach of contract, and fraudulent inducement case. After Defendant, Plaintiff’s employer, offered him an...

DeRoeck v. DHM Ventures, LLC (Per Curiam)  
Date: June 22, 2018
Docket Number: 17-0033

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the court of appeals holding that a cause of action for acknowledgment of a debt must be “specifically and clearly” pleaded “in plain and emphatic terms” because this holding co...

Morale v. State (Per Curiam)  
Date: June 22, 2018
Docket Number: 17-0049

Justia Opinion Summary: In this appeal of a condemnation judgment the Supreme Court reversed the decision of the court of appeals holding the trial court’s evidentiary rulings were an abuse of discretion and reinstated the judgment of the trial...

In re Melissa Dawson (Per Curiam)  
Date: June 22, 2018
Docket Number: 17-0122

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court conditionally granted a writ of mandamus sought by Melissa Dawson in this pretrial dispute. Dawson sued Defendant for injuries she received at a bar and restaurant. Upon serving Defendant with her orig...

Gunn v. McCoy (Opinion)  
Date: June 15, 2018
Docket Number: 16-0125

Justia Opinion Summary: In this medical-malpractice case stemming from the death of Shannon McCoy, the Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the court of appeals, holding that judgment was properly entered in favor of Plaintiff as to Dr. Debra...

In re H.S. (Opinion)  
Date: June 15, 2018
Docket Number: 16-0715

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the court of appeals concluding that Grandparents lacked standing to pursue a suit affecting the parent-child relationship (SAPCR) under Tex. Fam. Code 102.003(a)(9). Section...

Stines v. Jefferson County, Texas (Per Curiam)  
Date: June 15, 2018
Docket Number: 17-0623

Justia Opinion Summary: Jefferson County v. Jefferson County Constables Ass’n, __ S.W.3d __, __ (Tex. 2018), in which the Supreme Court held that the Fire and Police Employee Relations Act applies to deputy constables because they qualify as “p...

Bos v. Smith (Opinion)  
Date: June 8, 2018
Docket Number: 16-0341

Justia Opinion Summary: At issue was whether Grandparents were liable to Father for assisting in their daughter’s (Mother) interference with Father’s possessory rights to his children. Mother employed “egregious and outrageous tactics” to prev...

State Farm Lloyds v. Fuentes (Per Curiam)  
Date: June 8, 2018
Docket Number: 16-0369

Justia Opinion Summary: In this insurance dispute, the Supreme Court held that the issue of whether the trial court properly disregarded some of the jury’s findings should be remanded to the court of appeals for reconsideration in light of this...

In re Mahindra, USA Inc. (Opinion)  
Date: June 8, 2018
Docket Number: 17-0019

Justia Opinion Summary: The Texas-residency exception that excludes certain claims from the forum non conveniens doctrine because the claims are prosecuted by a Texas-resident plaintiff or derivative of a Texas decedent applied to some of Plain...

Meyers v. JDC/Firethorne, Ltd. (Opinion)  
Date: June 8, 2018
Docket Number: 17-0105

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court dismissed with prejudice a land developer’s claim against a county commissioner in his official capacity, holding that the developer did not have standing to pursue its claim for injunctive relief again...

In re C.Y.K.S. (Per Curiam)  
Date: June 8, 2018
Docket Number: 17-0214

Justia Opinion Summary: The prohibition in Texas Fam. Code 231.211(a) that courts may not assess costs at the conclusion of a Title VI-D case against a party who was provided services by the Title IV-D agency applies to courts of appeals. Shan...

City of Houston v. Houston Municipal Employees Pension System (Opinion)  
Date: June 8, 2018
Docket Number: 17-0242

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court agreed with the trial court that the City of Houston does not have governmental immunity from a suit by the Houston Municipal Employees Pension System. This case arose from a dispute over the City of...

Wausau Underwriters Insurance Co. v. Wedel (Opinion)  
Date: June 8, 2018
Docket Number: 17-0462

Justia Opinion Summary: Because the workers’ compensation carrier in this case signed away its right to recover benefits it paid to an injured employee and received a high premium in exchange for assuming that risk it cannot later seek indirect...

Murphy Exploration & Production Co. v. Adams (Opinion)  
Date: June 1, 2018
Docket Number: 16-0505

Justia Opinion Summary: In this dispute over an offset provision in an oil and gas lease the Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the court of appeals reversing the trial court’s summary judgment in the lessee’s favor on the grounds that the...

Sky View At Las Palmas, LLC v. Mendez (Opinion)  
Date: June 1, 2018
Docket Number: 17-0140

Justia Opinion Summary: The one-satisfaction rule applied to this case, and therefore, the trial court erred in denying the nonsettling defendant settlement credits. At issue on this appeal was Plaintiff’s claims against nonsettling defendants...

Wasson Interests, Ltd. v. City of Jacksonville (Opinion)  
Date: June 1, 2018
Docket Number: 17-0198

Justia Opinion Summary: The nature of the function a municipality was performing when it entered into a contract governs the analysis of whether the municipality was engaged in its governmental or proprietary function and thus whether the munic...

Old Republic National Title Insurance Co. v. Bell (Opinion)  
Date: June 1, 2018
Docket Number: 17-0245

Justia Opinion Summary: Robin Goldsmith, a Louisiana resident, did not purposefully avail herself of the state of Texas such that Texas courts may exercise personal jurisdiction over her as to Old Republic National Title Insurance’s Company’s c...

Benge v. Williams (Opinion)  
Date: May 25, 2018
Docket Number: 14-1057

Justia Opinion Summary: At issue in this healthcare-liability case was whether the jury was properly allowed to consider, in deciding negligence, what a physician (Defendant) did or did not tell his patient (Plaintiff) about an inexperienced re...

TRO-X, L.P. v. Anadarko Petroleum Corp. (Opinion)  
Date: May 25, 2018
Docket Number: 16-0412

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the court of appeals reversing the trial court’s ruling that TRO-X, LP was entitled to a back-in percentage of the working interest in five mineral leases under which Anadarko P...

Tarr v. Timberwood Park Owners Ass’n, Inc. (Opinion)  
Date: May 25, 2018
Docket Number: 16-1005

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the court of appeals affirming the trial court’s decision that a homeowner violated certain restrictive covenants that limit tracts to residential purposes and single-family res...

Texas Workforce Commission v. Wichita County (Opinion)  
Date: May 25, 2018
Docket Number: 17-0130

Justia Opinion Summary: An individual qualifies as “unemployed” for purposes of the Texas Unemployment Compensation Act while taking unpaid leave from her job under the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), but eligibility for unemployment benefits...

Bosque Disposal Systems, LLC v. Parker County Appraisal District (Opinion)  
Date: May 25, 2018
Docket Number: 17-0146

Justia Opinion Summary: The Parker County Appraisal District did not employ a facially unlawful means of appraising Taxpayers’ property, which appeared to derive much of its market value from saltwater disposal wells in which wastewater from oi...

Dallas Morning News, Inc. v. Tatum (Unanimous)  
Date: May 11, 2018
Docket Number: 16-0098

Justia Opinion Summary: In this libel-by-implication case, a column written by Steve Blow and published by The Dallas Morning News (collectively, Petitioners) was reasonably capable of meaning that John and Mary Ann Tatum acted deceptively and...

Jody James Farms, JV v. Altman Group, Inc. (Opinion)  
Date: May 11, 2018
Docket Number: 17-0062

Justia Opinion Summary: The lower courts in this case erred by requiring a signatory to arbitrate its non-contractual claims against non-signatories. Jody James Farms, JV purchased a crop revenue coverage insurance policy from Rain & Hail, LLC...

State v. T.S.N. (Opinion)  
Date: May 11, 2018
Docket Number: 17-0323

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the court of appeals affirming the trial court’s grant of Respondent’s petition seeking expungement for the records and files relating to the charge for which Respondent was acq...

Harris County, Texas v. Annab (Opinion)  
Date: May 11, 2018
Docket Number: 17-0329

Justia Opinion Summary: Harris County, the employer of deputy constable Kenneth Caplan, was entitled to governmental immunity on Plaintiff’s claim that the County used tangible personal property when Caplan shot Plaintiff. Caplan was off duty...

City of Krum, Texas v. Rice (Corrected)  
Date: May 4, 2018
Docket Number: 17-0081

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court dismissed as moot the City of Krum’s interlocutory appeal from Taylor Rice’s suit contesting the validity of a sex offender residency restrictions ordinance (SORRO) enacted by the City, holding that Ric...

Oncor Electric Delivery Co. LLC v. Chaparral Energy, LLC (Opinion)  
Date: April 27, 2018
Docket Number: 16-0301

Justia Opinion Summary: The Texas Public Utility Regulatory Act grants the Texas Public Utility Commission (the PUC) exclusive jurisdiction to resolve issues underlying a customer’s claim that a PUC-regulated utility breached a contract by fail...

Honors Academy, Inc. v. Texas Education Agency (Opinion)  
Date: April 27, 2018
Docket Number: 16-0519

Justia Opinion Summary: The court of appeals properly vacated the temporary injunctions granted by the district court forestalling the Commissioner of Education’s revocation of two open-enrollment charter schools’ charters and dismissed the sch...

Fort Worth Transportation Authority v. Rodriguez (Opinion)  
Date: April 27, 2018
Docket Number: 16-0542

Justia Opinion Summary: At issue in this statutory-construction case was the damages-cap and election-of-remedies provisions of the Texas Tort Claims Act (TTCA) with respect to independent contractors performing essential governmental functions...

Lujan v. Navistar, Inc. (Opinion)  
Date: April 27, 2018
Docket Number: 16-0588

Justia Opinion Summary: A trial court’s authority to distinguish between genuine and non-genuine fact issues includes the authority to apply the so-called “sham affidavit rule” when confronted with evidence that appears to be a sham designed to...

Willacy County Appraisal District v. Sebastian Cotton & Grain, Ltd. (Opinion)  
Date: April 27, 2018
Docket Number: 16-0626

Justia Opinion Summary: In this property-tax dispute regarding ownership of tangible personal property, the Supreme Court held (1) when, as in this case, an ownership correction to an appraisal roll does not increase the amount of property taxe...

Perryman v. Spartan Texas Six Capital Partners, Ltd. (Opinion)  
Date: April 27, 2018
Docket Number: 16-0804

Justia Opinion Summary: At issue was the function of a clause in a real property deed that “saves and excepts” one-half of “all royalties from the production of oil, gas and/or other minerals that may be produced from the above described premis...

In re State of Texas (Opinion)  
Date: April 27, 2018
Docket Number: 16-0829

Justia Opinion Summary: Relator, who was designated a sexually violent predator and civilly committed pursuant to the Civil Commitment of Sexually Violent Predators Act, was not entitled to appointed counsel in proceedings on the State’s motion...

In re North Cypress Medical Center Operating Co. (Opinion)  
Date: April 27, 2018
Docket Number: 16-0851

Justia Opinion Summary: At issue was a trial court order requiring Defendant-hospital to produce information regarding its reimbursement rates from private insurers and public payers for the services it provided to Plaintiff. Plaintiff sought...

Youngkin v. Hines (Opinion)  
Date: April 27, 2018
Docket Number: 16-0935

Justia Opinion Summary: The Texas Citizens Participation Act (TCPA) applied to tort claims brought by a nonclient against an attorney based in part on statements the attorney made in open court on behalf of his client, and the attorney was enti...

Castleman v. Internet Money Limited (Per Curiam)  
Date: April 27, 2018
Docket Number: 17-0437

Justia Opinion Summary: The court of appeals erred in holding that the commercial-speech exemption applied so Defendant could not seek expedited dismissal under the Texas Citizens Participation Act (TCPA). Defendant hired Plaintiff, which prov...

Adams v. Starside Custom Builders, LLC (Opinion)  
Date: April 20, 2018
Docket Number: 16-0786

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the court of appeals affirming the trial court’s denial of Defendant’s motion to dismiss the defamation claim filed against him, holding that, contrary to the conclusion of the...

USAA Texas Lloyds Co. v. Menchaca (Opinion)  
Date: April 13, 2018
Docket Number: 14-0721

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court withdrew its judgment and opinion issued in this case on April 7, 2017 and, while it reaffirmed the legal principles and rules announced in that opinion, it disagreed as to the procedural effect of thos...

Endeavor Energy Resources, LP v. Discovery Operating, Inc. (Opinion)  
Date: April 13, 2018
Docket Number: 15-0155

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case involving competing claims to mineral-lease interests in two tracts of land, the Supreme Court affirmed the judgments of the trial court and court of appeals that the acreage Endeavor Energy Resources, LP an...

XOG Operating, LLC v. Chesapeake Exploration Limited Partnership (Opinion)  
Date: April 13, 2018
Docket Number: 15-0935

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the court of appeals in this case requiring interpretation of retained-acreage provisions in oil-and-gas lease instruments, holding that acreage “included within the proration u...

Hill v. Shamoun & Norman, LLP (Opinion)  
Date: April 13, 2018
Docket Number: 16-0107

Justia Opinion Summary: In this law firm’s quantum-merit suit for the reasonable value of its services in assisting its client reach a comprehensive settlement of various lawsuits filed against him, the Supreme Court held (1) despite an unenfor...

Painter v. Amerimex Drilling I, Ltd. (Opinion)  
Date: April 13, 2018
Docket Number: 16-0120

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the court of appeals in this negligence case arising from a motor-vehicle accident that occurred while a drilling-company employee was driving his coworkers from a drilling site...

Jefferson County v. Jefferson County Constables Ass’n (Opinion)  
Date: April 13, 2018
Docket Number: 16-0498

Justia Opinion Summary: In this dispute governed by a collective bargaining agreement between a county and its deputy constables, the Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the court of appeals ruling that deputy constables are “police officers...

Neighborhood Centers Inc. v. Walker (Opinion)  
Date: April 13, 2018
Docket Number: 16-0897

Justia Opinion Summary: The Texas Whistleblower Act (WBA) does not apply to open-enrollment charter schools operated by a tax-exempt entity. Petitioner operated an open-enrollment charter school that provided tuition-free public education to s...

In re Paul & Cynthia Elizondo (Per Curiam)  
Date: April 13, 2018
Docket Number: 17-0197

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court denied the petition for writ of mandamus filed by Paul Elizondo, Cynthia Elizondo, and Eagle Fabricators, Inc. (collectively, Elizondo) directing the court of appeals to vacate its opinion directing the...

Schlumberger Technology Corp. v. Pasko (Per Curiam)  
Date: April 13, 2018
Docket Number: 17-0231

Justia Opinion Summary: In this personal injury case, the Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the court of appeals reversing the trial court’s grant of summary judgment in favor of Defendant based on limitations, holding that the court of ap...

In re Carolina Garza (Per Curiam)  
Date: April 13, 2018
Docket Number: 17-0395

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court conditionally granted Plaintiff mandamus relief from trial court discovery sanctions in this personal injury case arising from a traffic accident. The trial court judge in Jim Wells County, where the...

Alamo Heights Independent School District v. Clark (Opinion)  
Date: April 6, 2018
Docket Number: 16-0244

Justia Opinion Summary: At issue in this appeal was whether the Alamo Heights Independent School District was immune from Employee’s suit alleging Texas Commission on Human Rights Act (TCHRA) claims. The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of...

Dudley Construction, Ltd. v. ACT Pipe & Supply, Inc. (Opinion)  
Date: April 6, 2018
Docket Number: 16-0651

Justia Opinion Summary: In this billing dispute between a general contractor, Dudley Construction, Ltd., and a pipe supplier, ACT Pipe and Supply, Inc., the Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the court of appeals in part and reversed it in...

JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. v. Orca Assets G.P., LLC (Opinion)  
Date: March 23, 2018
Docket Number: 15-0712

Justia Opinion Summary: The lessee of certain mineral interests could not justifiably rely on extra-contractual representations by the lessor’s agent despite “red flags” and a negation-of-warranty clause in the sales documents explicitly placin...

AC Interests L.P. v. Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (Opinion)  
Date: March 23, 2018
Docket Number: 16-0260

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the court of appeals affirming the district court’s dismissal of Petitioner’s appeal of an adverse ruling by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) for failing to...

Lance v. Robinson (Opinion)  
Date: March 23, 2018
Docket Number: 16-0323

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed in part and reversed and remanded in part the decisions of the trial court and court of appeals agreeing with Plaintiffs that a local water district owned an open-space area at Medina Lake the...

URI, Inc. v. Kleberg County (Opinion)  
Date: March 23, 2018
Docket Number: 16-0336

Justia Opinion Summary: In construing a settlement agreement that conditioned resumption of uranium mining operations on restoration of well-water quality if pre-mining data showed the water had been suitable for specified uses before prior min...

City of San Antonio v. Tenorio (Opinion)  
Date: March 23, 2018
Docket Number: 16-0356

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the court of appeals affirming the trial court’s denial of the City of San Antonio’s plea to the jurisdiction based on governmental immunity from a suit for damages arising out...

ConocoPhillips Co. v. Koopmann (Opinion)  
Date: March 23, 2018
Docket Number: 16-0662

Justia Opinion Summary: The common law rule against perpetuities does not invalidate a grantee’s future interest in the grantor’s reserved non-participating royalty interest (NPRI). In addition, section 91.402 of the Texas Natural Resources Cod...

Knopf v. Gray (Per Curiam)  
Date: March 23, 2018
Docket Number: 17-0262

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the court of appeals affirming the judgment of the trial court ruling that a will bequest of a tract of land unambiguously devised a fee-simple interest, rather than a life-esta...

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...

McFadin v. Broadway Coffee House, LLC (Opinion)  
Date: February 2, 2018
Docket Number: 16-0560

Justia Opinion Summary: In this, the second arising out of a 2014 judgment, the Supreme Court reversed the order of the court of appeals concluding that it lacked jurisdiction, holding that the order was a final appealable order. In the first...

United Scaffolding, Inc. v. Levine (Corrected)  
Date: January 26, 2018
Docket Number: 15-0921

Justia Opinion Summary: In this slip-and-fall case, the Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the court of appeals affirming the trial court’s judgment in favor of Plaintiff and rendered a take-nothing judgment in favor of Defendant. The court...

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