In re Jennifer Gayle Janvier Appeal from County Court at Law of Kleberg County (memorandum opinion)

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NUMBER 13-20-00005-CV COURT OF APPEALS THIRTEENTH DISTRICT OF TEXAS CORPUS CHRISTI - EDINBURG IN RE JENNIFER GAYLE JANVIER On Petition for Writ of Mandamus. MEMORANDUM OPINION Before Chief Justice Contreras and Justices Longoria and Perkes Memorandum Opinion by Justice Longoria 1 On January 3, 2020, relator Jennifer Gayle Janvier filed a petition for writ of mandamus seeking to compel the trial court to transfer the underlying case from Kleberg County, Texas, to Victoria County, Texas, based on mandatory venue provisions found in the Texas Family Code. See TEX. FAM. CODE ANN. § 155.201. The Court requested that the real party in interest, Justin Lee Todd, or any others whose interest would be 1 See TEX. R. APP. P. 52.8(d) (“When granting relief, the court must hand down an opinion as in any other case,” but when “denying relief, the court may hand down an opinion but is not required to do so.”); id. R. 47.4 (distinguishing opinions and memorandum opinions). directly affected by the relief sought, file a response to the petition for writ of mandamus. See TEX. R. APP. P. 52.2, 52.4, 52.8. However, relator has now filed a motion to dismiss this original proceeding on grounds that the trial court has granted her motion to transfer, thereby rendering moot the relief requested in the petition for writ of mandamus. The Court, having examined and fully considered the motion to dismiss, is of the opinion that it should be granted. See City of Krum, Tex. v. Rice, 543 S.W.3d 747, 749 (Tex. 2017) (per curiam) (stating that a case is moot when either no live controversy exists between the parties or the parties have no legally cognizable interest in the outcome); Heckman v. Williamson Cty., 369 S.W.3d 137, 162 (Tex. 2012) (“Put simply, a case is moot when the court’s action on the merits cannot affect the parties’ rights or interests.”); In re Kellogg Brown & Root, Inc., 166 S.W.3d 732, 737 (Tex. 2005) (orig. proceeding) (“A case becomes moot if a controversy ceases to exist between the parties at any stage of the legal proceedings, including the appeal.”). Accordingly, we GRANT relator’s motion to dismiss this original proceeding and we DISMISS the petition for writ of mandamus as moot. See TEX. R. APP. P. 52.8(a). NORA L. LONGORIA Justice Delivered and filed the 14th day of January, 2020. 2