Supreme Court of Texas Decisions 2020

Endeavor Energy Resources, LP v. Energen Resources Corp. (Opinion)  
Date: December 18, 2020
Docket Number: 18-1187

Justia Opinion Summary: In this dispute over the meaning of an oil and gas lease covering an 11,300-acre tract in Howard County, the Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the court of appeals affirming the trial court's grant of summary judgme...

Lion Copolymer Holdings, LLC v. Lion Polymers, LLC (Per Curiam)  
Date: December 18, 2020
Docket Number: 19-0343

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the court of appeals and remanded Petitioner's factual sufficiency complaint for the court's consideration, holding that the court of appeals erred in finding that Petitioner fa...

In re Commitment of Jeffery Lee Stoddard (Opinion)  
Date: December 18, 2020
Docket Number: 19-0561

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the court of appeals reversing a jury's finding that Jeffery Lee Stoddard was a sexually violent predator (SVP) and civilly committing him under Tex. Health & Safety Code chapte...

In re Alfred Dewayne Brown (Opinion)  
Date: December 18, 2020
Docket Number: 19-0877

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court conditionally granted Alfred Brown's petition for writ of mandamus challenging the determination of the Comptroller of the State of Texas denying Brown's compensation claim brought after he was found to...

In re Pamela Janson (Per Curiam)  
Date: December 18, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1109

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court conditionally granted relief to Mother on her petition for mandamus and directed the trial court to vacate its order holding Mother in contempt, holding that Mother was entitled to her requested relief....

Berkel & Co. Contractors, Inc. v. Lee (Opinion)  
Date: November 20, 2020
Docket Number: 18-0309

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the court of appeals' judgment notwithstanding the verdict but reversed its remand in the interest of justice, holding that the court of appeals correctly concluded that the evidence did not sh...

Carowest Land, Ltd. v. City of New Braunfels, Texas (Per Curiam)  
Date: November 20, 2020
Docket Number: 18-0678

Justia Opinion Summary: In this infrastructure development dispute, the Supreme Court vacated the judgment of the court of appeals concluding that the Legislature had not waived immunity for Plaintiff's declaratory relief claims against the Cit...

AEP Texas Central Co. v. Arredondo (Opinion)  
Date: November 20, 2020
Docket Number: 19-0045

Justia Opinion Summary: In this personal injury case, the Supreme Court affirmed in part and reversed in part the judgment of the court of appeals reversing in part the trial court's summary judgments in favor of an electric utility and its ind...

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center-El Paso v. Flores (Opinion)  
Date: November 20, 2020
Docket Number: 19-0790

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the court of appeals affirming the judgment of the trial court denying the plea to the jurisdiction filed by Defendant, a governmental employer, and dismissed Plaintiff's age-di...

Spanton v. Bellah (Per Curiam)  
Date: November 20, 2020
Docket Number: 19-0920

Justia Opinion Summary: In this negligence action, the Supreme Court vacated the default judgment entered by the trial court in favor of Plaintiff after Defendants failed timely to file an answer or otherwise appear, holding that the substitute...

Abbott v. Anti-Defamation League (Per Curiam)  
Date: October 27, 2020
Docket Number: 20-0846

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the court of appeals affirming the decision of the trial court temporarily enjoining the Governor and Secretary of State from implementing or enforcing the Governor's October Pr...

Northland Industries, Inc. v. Kouba (Opinion)  
Date: October 23, 2020
Docket Number: 19-0835

Justia Opinion Summary: In this dispute arising from a fatal treadmill injury, the Supreme Court held that the entity that purchased the treadmill manufacturer's assets did not assume an implied warranty of merchantability that attached, and wa...

Yowell v. Granite Operating Co. (Corrected)  
Date: October 9, 2020
Docket Number: 18-0841

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed in part and affirmed in part the judgment of the court of appeals in this dispute over the continuing validity of an interest in a mineral lease, holding that a reserved overriding royalty inte...

Fleming v. Wilson (Per Curiam)  
Date: October 9, 2020
Docket Number: 19-0230

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the court of appeals reversing the trial court's grant of summary judgment for Defendants in this breach of contract and fiduciary duty action, holding that the court of appeals...

State v. Hollins (Per Curiam)  
Date: October 7, 2020
Docket Number: 20-0729

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court held that the Election Code did not authorize the Harris County Clerk to mail unsolicited ballot applications to all registered voters under sixty-five years of age, only some of whom were eligible to v...

In re Steven Hotze (Opinion)  
Date: October 7, 2020
Docket Number: 20-0739

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court denied Relators' petition for writ of mandamus directing the Texas Secretary of State to conduct the November 3, 2020 general election according to the statutory provisions suspended by the Texas Govern...

In re Green Party of Texas (Per Curiam)  
Date: September 18, 2020
Docket Number: 20-0708

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court held that three candidates for the Green Party of Texas were improperly denied access to the ballot for failure to pay a filing fee and that the court of appeals erred in declaring the candidates inelig...

IN RE TEXAS HOUSE REPUBLICAN CAUCUS PAC, ET AL. (Per Curiam)
Date: September 5, 2020
Docket Number: 20-0663
IN RE REPUBLICAN PARTY OF TEXAS (Dissenting)
Date: July 13, 2020
Docket Number: 20-0525
In re Republican Party of Texas (Per Curiam)  
Date: July 13, 2020
Docket Number: 20-0525

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court dismissed for want of jurisdiction the petition for writ of mandamus brought by Republican Party of Texas (Party) directing the City of Houston and Houston First Corporation "to perform their obligation...

Texas Mutual Insurance Co. v. PHI Air Medical, LLC (Opinion)  
Date: June 26, 2020
Docket Number: 18-0216

Justia Opinion Summary: In this dispute over the amount that air ambulance providers may recover from workers' compensation insurers, the Supreme Court held that Texas law requiring that private insurance companies reimburse the fair and reason...

Via Metropolitan Transit v. Meck (Opinion)  
Date: June 26, 2020
Docket Number: 18-0458

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the trial court that VIA Metropolitan Transit, a governmental entity, breached its duty to act as a "very cautious, competent, and prudent person" would act under similar circum...

Innovative Block of South Texas, Ltd. v. Valley Builders Supply, Inc. (Opinion)  
Date: June 26, 2020
Docket Number: 18-1211

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the court of appeals affirming the trial court's award of compensatory damages for Plaintiff on its defamation claim, holding that this was not a case of defamation but, rather,...

Bonsmara Natural Beef Co. v. Hart of Texas Cattle Feeders, LLC (Opinion)  
Date: June 26, 2020
Docket Number: 19-0263

Justia Opinion Summary: In this cattle-feeding dispute, the Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the court of appeals overturning the trial court's denial of Appellees' post-judgment motion to compel arbitration, holding that a party does not...

Haedge v. Central Texas Cattlemen's Ass'n (Per Curiam)  
Date: June 26, 2020
Docket Number: 19-0595

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the court of appeals reversing the order of the trial court that Petitioners pay $7,000 from a supersedeas bond over losing the underlying appeal and ordering Petitioners to pay...

In re C.J.C. (Opinion)  
Date: June 26, 2020
Docket Number: 19-0694

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court conditionally granted Father's petition for writ of mandamus, holding that when a nonparent requests conservatorship or possession of a child, the child's best interest is rooted in the presumption that...

Pike v. Texas EMC Management, LLC (Opinion)  
Date: June 19, 2020
Docket Number: 17-0557

Justia Opinion Summary: This case case arising out of the breakup of a limited partnership created to produce and market a new cement product the Supreme Court reversed in part the judgment of the court of appeals largely affirming the judgment...

Chicago Title Insurance Co. v. Cochran Investments, Inc. (Opinion)  
Date: June 19, 2020
Docket Number: 18-0676

Justia Opinion Summary: In this real estate dispute, the Supreme Court held that where the plain language of a special warranty deed limited the grantor's liability for failures of title to claims asserted by individuals "by, through and under"...

Marchbanks v. Liberty Insurance Corp. (Per Curiam)  
Date: June 19, 2020
Docket Number: 18-0977

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the court of appeals concluding that an insurer's payment of an appraisal award barred an insured's claims under the Texas Prompt Payment of Claims Act (TPPCA), Tex. Ins. Code c...

Perry v. United Services Automobile Ass'n (Per Curiam)  
Date: June 19, 2020
Docket Number: 19-0210

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the court of appeals concluding that an insurer's payment of an appraisal award barred an insured's claims under the Texas Prompt Payment of Claims Act (TPPCA), Tex. Ins. Code c...

In re Commitment of Jones (Per Curiam)  
Date: June 19, 2020
Docket Number: 19-0260

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the court of appeals reversing the trial court's judgment and commitment order on the grounds that the trial court committed harmful error when it declined to submit an instruct...

Office of Attorney General of Texas v. Rodriguez (Opinion)  
Date: June 12, 2020
Docket Number: 17-0970

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the court of appeals affirming the judgment of the trial court concluding that a state agency violated the Texas Whistleblower Act, Tex. Gov't Code 554.002, when it fired one of...

GTECH Corp. v. Steele (Opinion)  
Date: June 12, 2020
Docket Number: 18-0159

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court concluded that, as to Plaintiffs' fraud claims, GTECH Corporation, a private contractor, would not qualify for derivative sovereign immunity for services it provided to the Texas Lottery Commission even...

Mo-Vac Service Co., Inc. (Opinion)  
Date: June 12, 2020
Docket Number: 18-0852

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the court of appeals on Plaintiff's survival action and rendered judgment for Defendant, holding that Plaintiff's claims were barred by the exclusive-remedy provision of the Tex...

City of Conroe, Texas v. San Jacinto River Authority (Corrected)  
Date: June 12, 2020
Docket Number: 18-0989

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court held that the Expedited Declaratory Judgment Act (EDJA), Tex. Gov't Code ch. 1205, gave the trial court jurisdiction to declare whether contracts executed by the San Jacinto River Authority were legal a...

Rieder v. Woods (Opinion)  
Date: June 12, 2020
Docket Number: 19-0077

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the court of appeals holding that a forum-selection clause in a contract bound all involved parties even where the only signatories did not assert any claims against one another...

Waak v. Rodriguez (Opinion)  
Date: June 12, 2020
Docket Number: 19-0167

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the court of appeals holding that the Texas Farm Animal Activity Act (the Act), Tex. Civ. Proc. & Rem. Code 87.001-87.005, does not apply to ranchers and ranch hands, holding th...

W&T Offshore, Inc. v. Fredieu (Opinion)  
Date: June 5, 2020
Docket Number: 18-1134

Justia Opinion Summary: In this labor dispute, the Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the court of appeals reversing the order of the trial court granting Defendant's motion for judgment notwithstanding the verdict (JNOV), holding that Defe...

IN RE STATE OF TEXAS (Concurring)
Date: May 27, 2020
Docket Number: 20-0394
IN RE STATE OF TEXAS (Concurring)
Date: May 27, 2020
Docket Number: 20-0394
IN RE STATE OF TEXAS (Concurring)
Date: May 27, 2020
Docket Number: 20-0394
In re State of Texas (Opinion)  
Date: May 27, 2020
Docket Number: 20-0394

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court held that a lack of immunity to COVID-19, without more, is not a "disability" that renders a voter eligible to vote by mail within the meaning of Tex. Elec. Code Ann. 82.002(a) and declined to issue a w...

University of the Incarnate Word v. Redus (Opinion)  
Date: May 22, 2020
Docket Number: 18-0351

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the court of appeals holding that the University of the Incarnate Word does not have sovereign immunity when it is sued in connection with its law-enforcement activities, holdin...

Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth v. Episcopal Church (Opinion)  
Date: May 22, 2020
Docket Number: 18-0438

Justia Opinion Summary: In this dispute over which faction of a splintered Episcopal diocese is the "Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth" the Supreme Court affirmed the trial court's grant of summary judgment in favor of the withdrawing faction, ho...

El Paso Education Initiative, Inc. v. Amex Properties, LLC (Opinion)  
Date: May 22, 2020
Docket Number: 18-1167

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court held that open-enrollment charter schools and their charter-holders have governmental immunity from suit and liability to the same extent as public schools and that, in this case, the open-enrollment ch...

San Antonio River Authority v. Austin Bridge & Road, L.P. (Opinion)  
Date: May 1, 2020
Docket Number: 17-0905

Justia Opinion Summary: In this construction contract dispute, the Supreme Court held that the San Antonio River Authority possessed the authority to agree to arbitrate claims under Texas Local Government Code Chapter 271 and exercised that aut...

Lockheed Martin Corp. v. Hegar (Opinion)  
Date: May 1, 2020
Docket Number: 18-0566

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court held that Lockheed Martin Corporation's receipts from the sales of F-16 fighter jets to the U.S. government were improperly sourced to Texas for purposes of calculating its Texas franchise tax, holding...

Loya Insurance Co. v. Avalos (Opinion)  
Date: May 1, 2020
Docket Number: 18-0837

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case involving the collusive fraud of an insured and the driver of the other car involved in a car crash the Supreme Court adopted an exception to the eight-corners rule to determine the liability insurer's duty...

Bush v. Lone Oak Club, LLC (Opinion)  
Date: April 24, 2020
Docket Number: 18-0264

Justia Opinion Summary: In this title dispute between the State and a private landowner over portions of the submerged bed of Lone Oak Bayou the Supreme Court reversed the trial court's summary judgment in favor of the landowner, holding that t...

Credit Suisse AG v. Claymore Holdings, LLC (Opinion)  
Date: April 24, 2020
Docket Number: 18-0403

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case arising from an inflated appraisal of certain property and governed by New York law, the Supreme Court reversed in part the court of appeals' decision affirming the jtrial court's judgment awarding Claymore...

Brewer v. Lennox Hearth Products, LLC (Opinion)  
Date: April 24, 2020
Docket Number: 18-0426

Justia Opinion Summary: In this products-liability and wrongful-death suit, the Supreme Court vacated the order of the trial court sanctioning an attorney for commissioning a pretrial survey that commenced in the county of suit shortly before t...

In re Commitment of Gregory Jones (Per Curiam)  
Date: April 24, 2020
Docket Number: 19-0260

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the court of appeals reversing the trial court's judgment and commitment order and reinstated the judgment of the trial court ordering Gregory Jones civilly committed as a sexua...

Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. v. Zepeda (Opinion)  
Date: April 24, 2020
Docket Number: 19-0712

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court accepted a question certified to it by the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and answered that a lender is entitled to equitable subrogation where it failed to correct a curable const...

In re Greg Abbott (Per Curiam)  
Date: April 23, 2020
Docket Number: 20-0291

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court conditionally granted mandamus relief to the State seeking review of a temporary restraining order (TRO) blocking enforcement of Executive Order GA-13, which changes the rules applicable to judges' deci...

Alvarez v. State Farm Lloyds (Per Curiam)  
Date: April 17, 2020
Docket Number: 18-0127

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the court of appeals concluding that an insurer's payment of an appraisal award bars an insured's claim under the Texas Prompt Payment of Claims Act (TPPCA), Tex. Ins. Code 542....

Lazos v. State Farm Lloyds (Per Curiam)  
Date: April 17, 2020
Docket Number: 18-0205

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the court of appeals concluding that an insurer's payment of an appraisal award bars an insured's claim under the Texas Prompt Payment of Claims Act (TPPCA), Tex. Ins. Code 542....

Morath v. Lewis (Per Curiam)  
Date: April 17, 2020
Docket Number: 18-0555

Justia Opinion Summary: In this complaint alleging ultra vires claims against Mike Morath, in his official capacity as the Commissioner of the Texas Education Agency, the Supreme Court granted Respondents' motion to dismiss this appeal as moot,...

Biasatti v. GuideOne National Insurance Co. (Per Curiam)  
Date: April 17, 2020
Docket Number: 18-0911

Justia Opinion Summary: In this insurance dispute over whether an insurer's payment of an appraisal award obtained under a unilateral appraisal clause bars an insured's claims under the Texas Prompt Payment of Claims Act (TPPCA), Tex. Ins. Code...

City of Madisonville v. Sims (Per Curiam)  
Date: April 17, 2020
Docket Number: 18-1047

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the court of appeals reversing the judgment of the trial court granting the City of Madisonville's jurisdictional plea claiming that David Sims' Texas Whistleblower Act claim wa...

Reyes v. Jefferson County (Per Curiam)  
Date: April 17, 2020
Docket Number: 18-1221

Justia Opinion Summary: In this interlocutory appeal involving application of the Texas Tort Claims Act's (TTCA) notice requirement the Supreme Court reversed the decision of the court of appeals reversing the judgment of the trial court denyin...

Bella Palma, LLC v. Young (Per Curiam)  
Date: April 17, 2020
Docket Number: 19-0204

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the court of appeals dismissing Appellant's appeal of the trial court's grant of summary judgment for Plaintiff and against Defendants for want of jurisdiction, holding that, co...

Sunstate Equipment Co. v. Hegar (Opinion)  
Date: April 3, 2020
Docket Number: 17-0444

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the court of appeals affirming the Texas Comptroller's audit of Sunstate Equipment, a heavy construction equipment renal company, on the grounds that Sunstate was not entitled t...

Hegar v. American Multi-Cinema, Inc. (Opinion)  
Date: April 3, 2020
Docket Number: 17-0464

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the court of appeals affirming the judgment of the trial court concluding that Tex. Tax Code 171.1012 permitted a movie theater to subtract exhibition costs as cost of goods sol...

Hegar v. Gulf Copper & Manufacturing Corp. (Opinion)  
Date: April 3, 2020
Docket Number: 17-0894

Justia Opinion Summary: In this dispute over the amount of franchise tax owed by a taxpayer the Supreme Court reversed in part the judgment of the court of appeals reversing in part the trial court's judgment for the taxpayer, holding that, wit...

State v. R.R.S. (Opinion)  
Date: March 27, 2020
Docket Number: 17-0819

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the court of appeals reversing the decision of the trial court denying R.R.S.'s motion to withdraw his plea of "true" to allegations that he sexually assaulted his younger broth...

B.C. v. Stake N Shake Operations, Inc. (Per Curiam)  
Date: March 27, 2020
Docket Number: 17-1008

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the court of appeals upholding the trial court's grant of summary judgment without addressing its legal merit, holding that the trial court's recital in its final summary judgme...

Farmers Texas County Mutual Insurance Co. v. Beasley (Opinion)  
Date: March 27, 2020
Docket Number: 18-0469

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the court of appeals reversing the trial court's judgment granting Defendant's plea to the jurisdiction and dismissing Plaintiff's suit, holding that the court of appeals erred...

North East Independent School District v. Riou (Opinion)  
Date: March 27, 2020
Docket Number: 18-0986

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the court of appeals affirming the judgment of the trial court reversing the decision of the Commissioner of Education upholding the decision of the North East Independent Schoo...

City of Conroe, Texas v. San Jacinto River Authority (Opinion)  
Date: March 27, 2020
Docket Number: 18-0989

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case concerning the scope of the Expedited Declaratory Judgment Act (EDJA), the Supreme Court held that the EDJA gives the trial court jurisdiction to declare whether the execution of contracts entered into by th...

Orozco v. County of El Paso (Opinion)  
Date: March 20, 2020
Docket Number: 17-0381

Justia Opinion Summary: In this workers' compensation case involving the death of a deputy sheriff who died in a vehicular accident while driving his assigned patrol car the Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the court of appeals reversing...

Richards v. State (Opinion)  
Date: March 20, 2020
Docket Number: 19-0802

Justia Opinion Summary: In this insurance dispute, the Supreme Court answered a question of Texas law in a case certified from the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit by stating that a "policy-language exception" to the "eight-...

Hillis v. McCall (Opinion)  
Date: March 13, 2020
Docket Number: 18-1065

Justia Opinion Summary: In this premises-liability case arising out of a brown recluse spider bite the Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the court of appeals ruling that the property owner failed conclusively to establish the absence of a...

In re Mobile Mini, Inc. (Per Curiam)  
Date: March 13, 2020
Docket Number: 18-1200

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court conditionally granted Mobile Mini, Inc.'s petition for writ of mandamus and directed the trial court to vacate its order denying Mobile Mini's motion to designate a responsible third party in a construc...

In re Interest of L.G. (Per Curiam)  
Date: March 13, 2020
Docket Number: 19-0488

Justia Opinion Summary: In this termination of parental rights case the Supreme Court granted Father's petition and affirmed in part and reversed in part the judgment of the court of appeals affirming the trial court's termination of Father's...

Chalker Energy Partners III, LLC v. Le Norman Operating LLC (Opinion)  
Date: February 28, 2020
Docket Number: 18-0352

Justia Opinion Summary: In this dispute over whether an email exchange reflected the meeting of minds required for a contract the Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the court of appeals reversing the trial court's grant of summary judgment...

PRSI Trading, LLC v. Harris County, Texas (Opinion)  
Date: February 28, 2020
Docket Number: 18-0664

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the court of appeals holding that the federal Foreign-Trade Zones Act's exemption of goods imported from outside the United States and held within a zone for certain purposes fr...

Southwestern Electric Power Co. v. Lynch (Opinion)  
Date: February 28, 2020
Docket Number: 18-0768

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed in part the judgment of the court of appeals affirming the trial court's judgment concluding that several general easements that Petitioner, an electric company, acquired in 1949 from the prede...

Glenn v. Leal (Per Curiam)  
Date: February 21, 2020
Docket Number: 18-0344

Justia Opinion Summary: In this healthcare liability action, the Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the court of appeals affirming the judgment of the trial court denying Defendant's motion for directed verdict and motion for judgment notwi...

Gray v. Skelton (Opinion)  
Date: February 21, 2020
Docket Number: 18-0386

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the court of appeals reversing the judgment of the trial court dismissing Plaintiff's legal malpractice claim as baseless under Peeler v. Hughes & Luce, 909 S.W.2d 494 (Tex. 199...

Piranha Partners v. Neuhoff (Opinion)  
Date: February 21, 2020
Docket Number: 18-0581

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case involving a written assignment of an overriding royalty interest in minerals produced from land in Wheeler County the Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the court of appeals reversing the trial court's j...

Coming Attractions Bridal v. Texas Health Resources (Opinion)  
Date: February 21, 2020
Docket Number: 18-0591

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court held that the corporation alleging a healthcare liability claim against a hospital in this case fell within the Texas Medical Liability Act's definition of "claimant" under Tex. Civ. Prac. & Rem. Code 7...

Bethel v. Quilling, Selander, Lownds, Winslett & Moser, P.C. (Opinion)  
Date: February 21, 2020
Docket Number: 18-0595

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the court of appeals concluding that Tex. R. Civ. P. 91a permits dismissal based on an affirmative defense and that the alleged destruction of evidence is an action "taken in co...

Shinogle v. Whitlock (Per Curiam)  
Date: February 21, 2020
Docket Number: 18-0703

Justia Opinion Summary: In this negligence action, the Supreme Court held that an agreed scheduling order setting expert report deadlines, with no reference to Tex. Civ. Prac. & Rem. Code 128.053(a), did not extend the statutory deadline to ser...

Atrium Medical Center, LP v. Houston Red C LLC (Opinion)  
Date: February 7, 2020
Docket Number: 18-0228

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the court of appeals affirming the judgment of the trial court enforcing a liquidated damages provision in a contract, holding that the breaching party in this case did not prov...

St. John Missionary Baptist Church v. Flakes (Per Curiam)  
Date: February 7, 2020
Docket Number: 18-0513

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the court of appeals ruling that, where the trial court granted a motion to dismiss without specifying the ground for its decision, the court of appeals did not have authority t...

Texas Department of Criminal Justice v. Rangel (Opinion)  
Date: February 7, 2020
Docket Number: 18-0721

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the court of appeals holding that none of the Texas Tort Claims Act's exceptions to a waiver of immunity applied in this case, holding that the riot exception applied and that t...

Teal Trading & Development, LP v. Champee Springs Ranches Property Owners Ass'n (Opinion)  
Date: January 31, 2020
Docket Number: 17-0736

Justia Opinion Summary: In this property dispute between adjoining landowners the Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the court of appeals affirming the judgment of the trial court enforcing an easement, holding that a neighborhood associati...

Energy Transfer Partners, LP v. Enterprise Products Partners, LP (Opinion)  
Date: January 31, 2020
Docket Number: 17-0862

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the court of appeals reversing the judgment of the trial court concluding that Petitioners (together, ETP) and Respondents (together, Enterprise) had created a partnership to ma...

Copano Energy, LLC v. Bujnoch (Opinion)  
Date: January 31, 2020
Docket Number: 18-0044

Justia Opinion Summary: In this contract dispute, the Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the court of appeals reversing the trial court's grant of summary judgment for Defendants, holding that, under the statute of frauds, the proffered con...

In re Fox River Real Estate Holdings, Inc. (Opinion)  
Date: January 31, 2020
Docket Number: 18-0913

Justia Opinion Summary: In this venue dispute, the Supreme Court denied a petition for mandamus relief, holding that the trial court did not abuse its discretion in transferring the case to the parties' agreed venue. This case stemmed from a l...

Pruski v. Garcia (Opinion)  
Date: January 31, 2020
Docket Number: 18-0953

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed in part the judgment of the court of appeals applying Tex. Agric. Code 143.074 in holding that Plaintiff, the driver on a state highway that collided with an escaped bull in a county with a sto...

Degan v. Board of Trustees of the Dallas Police (Opinion)  
Date: January 31, 2020
Docket Number: 19-0234

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court considered two questions of Texas law certified from the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit concerning whether changes made by the Texas Legislature in 2017 to Deferred Retirement Opti...

ConocoPhillips Co. v. Ramirez (Opinion)  
Date: January 24, 2020
Docket Number: 17-0822

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the court of appeals, holding that a devise of "all...right, title and interest in and to Ranch 'Las Piedras'" referred only to a surface estate by that name, as understood by t...

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