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TEXAS COMPTROLLER OF PUBLIC ACCOUNTS v. ATTORNEY GENERAL OF TEXAS AND THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS, LTD.

Oral argument was held on September 10, 2009. The Court issued an opinion resolving the case on December 3, 2010. It then denied rehearing on January 14, 2011 File Closed

In the news...

Tracking 11 articles about this case.

July 1, 2011

Today’s decisions: Recognizing safety as an aspect of privacy; electronic voting machines upheld; medical damages limited

from SCOTXblog

This article also mentions 11 other cases.

The Court has issued opinions:

December 12, 2010

Ruling will hurt public interest

from San Antonio Express-News

December 6, 2010

Activist Texas Supreme Court ruling neuters government accountability

from Grits for Breakfast

December 3, 2010

Court: Texas worker birth dates not public record

from Houston Chronicle

December 3, 2010

State worker birth dates not public record, court rules

from Austin American-Statesman

September 11, 2009

Texas Supreme Court hears arguments on whether state employees' birth dates should be public record

from Dallas Morning News

July 14, 2009

Texas SC to decide if date of birth is public information

from Southeast Texas Record

April 17, 2009

Roundup: Entergy Bill, Open Records Bill, New Fort Worth Rules

from SCOTXblog

The article also mentions:
  • ENTERGY GULF STATES, INC. v. JOHN SUMMERS
  • April 13, 2009

    Texas lawmakers seek to pull birth dates from public records

    from Dallas Morning News

    April 13, 2009

    Bill seeks to pull birth dates from public records

    from Weatherford Democrat

    February 27, 2009

    Order List of February 27, 2009

    from SCOTXblog

    This article also mentions 9 other cases.

    Opinions

    December 3, 2010

    Jefferson
    Medina
    Green
    Guzman
    Lehrmann

    Chief Justice Jefferson delivered the opinion of the Court, in which Justice Medina, Justice Green, Justice Guzman, and Justice Lehrmann joined. PDF

    Wainwright
    Johnson

    Justice Wainwright delivered an opinion dissenting in part and concurring in part, in which Justice Johnson joined. PDF

     

    Court of Appeals

    Appellate District:3rd Court of Appeals
    Outcome Below:Affirmed
    COA Docket No.:03-07-00102-CV
    Opinion Author:Honorable Diane M. Henson

    Trial Court

    Trial Court:126th District Court
    County:Travis
    Trial Judge:Honorable Lora J. Livingston
    Trial Docket:D-1-GN-06-001120

    Docket Entries

    Date Event Outcome  
    2011-06-09 Case Stored  
      This case was waiting for a possible rehearing motion between January 14, 2011 and June 9, 2011.  
    2011-01-14 Mandate issued  
    2011-01-14 Motion for Rehearing - Disposed Denied with Justice not sitting.
    2011-01-14 Motion for Rehearing - Disposed Denied with Justice not sitting.
    2010-12-20 Motion for Rehearing for pet #2  
    2010-12-20 Case forwarded to Court
    2010-12-20 Case forwarded to Court
    2010-12-20 Motion for Rehearing  
    2010-12-03 Opinion issued Issued
    2010-12-03 Court approved judgment sent to attorneys of record Issued
    2010-12-03 Concurring and Dissenting Opinion delivered Issued
    2010-12-03 Opinion issued Court of Appeals' judgment affirmed/reversed in part/rendered
      This case was awaiting the Court's decision after oral argument between January 20, 2010 and December 3, 2010.  
    2010-01-20 Amicus Curiae Brief received  
      This case was awaiting the Court's decision after oral argument between October 21, 2009 and January 20, 2010.  
    2009-10-21 Amicus Curiae Brief received  
    2009-09-10 Oral argument  
    2009-09-10 Oral argument  
    2009-08-05 Oral Argument Submission Form from Attorney received  
    2009-07-21 Oral Argument Submission Form from Attorney received  
    2009-07-15 Oral Argument Submission Form from Attorney received  
    2009-07-10 Case set for oral argument   Case set for oral argument
    2009-07-10 Case set for oral argument   Case set for oral argument
      This case was waiting for a possible rehearing motion between May 14, 2009 and July 10, 2009.  
    2009-05-14 Notice from attorney regarding vacation dates  
    2009-04-24 Notice from attorney regarding vacation dates  
    2009-04-08 Notice from attorney regarding vacation dates  
    2009-02-27 Petition for Review disposed   Filing granted
    2009-02-27 Petition for Review disposed   Filing granted
    2009-02-27 Petition Granted/Date and time for oral argument are yet to be determined.
    2009-02-27 Petition Granted/Date and time for oral argument are yet to be determined.
      This case was pending on merits briefs between November 18, 2008 and February 27, 2009.  
    2008-11-18 Reply Brief  
    2008-11-03 Brief on the Merits  
    2008-11-03 Brief on the Merits  
    2008-10-23 Motion for Extension of Time disposed.   Filing granted
    2008-10-21 Motion for Extension of Time to File Brief filed  
    2008-10-15 Electronic copies of brief posted to website  
    2008-10-13 Brief on the Merits  
    2008-09-22 Electronic copies of brief posted to website  
    2008-09-22 Electronic copies of brief posted to website  
    2008-09-22 Electronic copies of brief posted to website  
    2008-09-22 Electronic copies of brief posted to website  
    2008-09-22 Electronic copies of brief posted to website  
    2008-09-16 Motion for Extension of Time disposed.   Filing granted
    2008-09-15 Motion for Extension of Time to File Brief filed  
    2008-08-29 Case Record Filed  
    2008-08-29 Record Requested in Petition for Review
    2008-08-28 Brief on the Merits Requested  
      This case was waiting for a decision about briefing or a possible grant between July 7, 2008 and August 28, 2008.  
    2008-07-07 Reply to Response  
    2008-06-18 MET to file reply disposed of   Filing granted
    2008-06-17 Motion to Extend Time to File Reply filed  
    2008-06-06 Response to Petition (Respondent)  
    2008-06-06 Response to Petition (Respondent)  
    2008-05-12 Motion for Extension of Time disposed.   Filing granted
    2008-05-09 Motion for Extension of Time to File Response  
    2008-05-07 Response to Petition (Respondent)  
    2008-04-14 Motion for Extension of Time disposed.   Filing granted
    2008-04-11 Motion for Extension of Time to File Response  
    2008-04-08 Response Waiver filed  
    2008-04-08 Case forwarded to Court
    2008-04-07 Supreme Court of Texas Requested Response  
    2008-04-02 Petition for Review #2 (Petitioner)  
    2008-04-02 Appendix Filed  
    2008-03-11 Case forwarded to Court
    2008-03-10 Response Waiver filed  
    2008-03-05 Response Waiver filed  
    2008-03-03 Petition for Review (Petitioner)  
    2008-03-03 Appendix Filed (Petitioner)  

    Parties

    Party Counsel Role
    Attorney General of Texas
    Mr. C. Andrew Weber
    Justice David J. Schenck
    Mr. Daniel T. Hodge
    Honorable Kent C. Sullivan
    Ms. Barbara Bryant Deane
    Ms. Brenda Loudermilk
    Attorney General Gregory W. Abbott
    Respondent
    The Dallas Morning News, Ltd.
    Ms. Dionne Carney Rainey
    Mr. Paul C. Watler
    Mr. Andrew D. Graham
    Respondent
    Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
    Attorney General Greg W. Abbott
    Mr. John M. Hohengarten
    Mr. David C. Mattax
    Mr. David S. Morales
    Ms. Maureen Powers
    Honorable Kent C. Sullivan
    Petitioner

    Amici Curiae

    Amicus Curiae Counsel
    Texas Association of School Boards Legal Assistance Fund
    Mr. S. Anthony Safi
    Freedom of Information of Tx. and Reporters Comm. for Freedom of the Press
    Mr. Joseph R. Larsen
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