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No. 11-0332
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ROBERT MASTERSON, MARK BROWN, GEORGE BUTLER, CHARLES WESTBROOK, RICHEY OLIVER, CRAIG PORTER, SHARON WEBER, JUNE SMITH, RITA BAKER, STEPHANIE PEDDY, BILLIE RUTH HODGES, DALLAS CHRISTIAN, AND THE EPISCOPAL CHURCH OF THE GOOD SHEPHERD v. THE DIOCESE OF NORTHWEST TEXAS, THE REV. CELIA ELLERY, DON GRIFFIS, AND MICHAEL RYAN

Oral argument was held on October 16, 2012. The Court issued an opinion resolving the case on August 30, 2013. It then denied rehearing on March 21, 2014 File Closed

In the news...

Tracking 4 articles about this case.

September 30, 2013

Supreme Court Reverses Summary Judgments In Episcopal Church Property Division Cases

from Sua Sponte

The article also mentions:
  • THE EPISCOPAL DIOCESE OF FORT WORTH, ET AL. v. THE EPISCOPAL CHURCH, ET AL.
  • The Court has issued opinions:

    August 30, 2013

    13 decisions in the Court’s end-of-term orders [Aug. 30, 2013]

    from SCOTXblog

    This article also mentions 13 other cases.

    December 24, 2012

    Texas Supreme Court wades into Episcopal dispute

    from Austin American-Statesman

    The article also mentions:
  • THE EPISCOPAL DIOCESE OF FORT WORTH, ET AL. v. THE EPISCOPAL CHURCH, ET AL.
  • April 10, 2012

    NPR story about Virginia’s “Episcopal Battle”

    from SCOTXblog

    The article also mentions:
  • THE EPISCOPAL DIOCESE OF FORT WORTH, ET AL. v. THE EPISCOPAL CHURCH, ET AL.
  • Opinions

    August 30, 2013

    Johnson
    Hecht
    Green
    Willett
    Guzman
    Boyd
    Devine

    Justice Johnson delivered the opinion of the Court, in which Justice Hecht, Justice Green, Justice Guzman, and Justice Devine joined, and in parts I, II, III-A, and V of which Justice Willett and Justice Boyd joined. PDF

    Lehrmann
    Jefferson

    Justice Lehrmann delivered a dissenting opinion, in which Chief Justice Jefferson joined. PDF

    Boyd
    Willett

    Justice Boyd delivered a concurring opinion, in which Justice Willett joined. PDF

    Court of Appeals

    Appellate District:3rd Court of Appeals
    Outcome Below:Affirmed
    COA Docket No.:03-10-00015-CV
    Opinion Author:Honorable J. Woodfin 'Woodie' Jones

    Trial Court

    Trial Court:51st District Court
    County:Tom Green
    Trial Judge:Honorable J. Blair Cherry
    Trial Docket:A-07-0237-C

    Docket Entries

    Date Event Outcome  
    2014-06-23 Letter Filed  
    2014-03-28 Case Stored  
    2014-03-21 Mandate issued  
    2014-03-21 Motion to withdraw disposed of   Filing granted
    2014-03-21 Motion for Rehearing - Disposed Denied
    2014-03-14 Motion to Withdraw Filed  
      This case was waiting for a decision about a pending motion for rehearing between January 17, 2014 and March 14, 2014.  
    2014-01-17 Notice from Counsel of a change in address  
    2013-12-19 Reply to Response to Motion  
    2013-12-06 Response to Motion for Rehearing (Petitioner)  
    2013-10-28 Motion for Extension of Time to File Response disposed   Filing granted
    2013-10-28 Motion for Extension of Time to File Response  
    2013-10-23 Supreme Court of Texas Requested Response  
    2013-10-18 Motion for Rehearing  
    2013-09-06 Motion for Extension of Time to File Motion for Rehearing disposed   Filing granted
    2013-09-05 Motion for Extension of Time to File Motion for Rehearing  
    2013-08-30 Opinion issued   Court of Appeals' judgment reversed; cause remanded to trial court
    2013-08-30 Dissenting opinion issued.   Issued
    2013-08-30 Concurring Opinion issued.   Issued
    2013-08-30 Court approved judgment sent to attorneys of record Issued
      This case was awaiting the Court's decision after oral argument between January 29, 2013 and August 30, 2013.  
    2013-01-29 Post submission brief filed (Petitioner)  
      This case was awaiting the Court's decision after oral argument between October 31, 2012 and January 29, 2013.  
    2012-10-31 Post submission brief filed (Respondent)  
    2012-10-16 Oral argument  
    2012-09-11 Letter Filed  
    2012-09-11 Notice of Appearance  
    2012-09-10 Additional citations received. (Petitioner)  
    2012-08-08 Oral Argument Submission Form from Attorney received  
    2012-08-08 Designation of Lead Counsel  
    2012-06-27 Oral Argument Submission Form from Attorney received  
    2012-06-22 Submission reset   Case set for oral argument
    2012-05-10 Additional citations received. (Respondent)  
    2012-04-04 Fully hyperlinked brief filed (Amicus Curiae)  
    2012-03-13 Pro hac vice motion disposed   Filing granted
    2012-03-13 Pro hac vice motion disposed   Filing granted
    2012-03-07 Letter Filed  
    2012-02-28 Notice from attorney regarding vacation dates  
    2012-02-27 Phone call from Clerk's Office  
    2012-02-27 Phone call from Clerk's Office  
    2012-02-27 Motion to re-set submission date disposed   Filing granted
    2012-02-27 Motion to re-set submission date filed.  
    2012-02-24 Call received  
    2012-02-23 Amicus Curiae Brief received  
    2012-02-23 Pro hac vice motion filed  
    2012-02-23 Pro hac vice motion filed  
    2012-02-22 Amicus Curiae Brief received  
    2012-02-21 Amicus Curiae Brief received  
    2012-02-16 Amicus Curiae Brief received  
    2012-01-13 Additional citations received. (Respondent)  
    2012-01-12 Oral Argument Submission Form from Attorney received  
    2012-01-11 Oral Argument Submission Form from Attorney received  
    2011-12-16 Petition for Review granted
    2011-12-16 Petition for Review disposed Filing granted
    2011-12-16 Case set for oral argument   Case set for oral argument
    2011-12-16 Miscellaneous motion disposed. See Remarks.   Filing granted
    2011-12-06 Additional citations received. (Respondent)  
    2011-11-10 Miscellaneous Motion  
    2011-11-10 Additional citations received. (Petitioner)  
    2011-10-25 Reply Brief (Petitioner)  
    2011-10-10 Brief on the Merits (Respondent)  
    2011-09-19 Brief on the Merits (Petitioner)  
    2011-08-24 Case Record Filed  
    2011-08-22 Record Requested in Petition for Review
    2011-08-19 Brief on the Merits Requested  
      This case was waiting for a decision about briefing or a possible grant between June 21, 2011 and August 19, 2011.  
    2011-06-21 Phone call from Clerk's Office  
    2011-06-21 Reply to Response (Petitioner)  
    2011-06-07 Case forwarded to Court
    2011-06-03 Response to Petition (Respondent)  
    2011-05-18 Supplemental appendix (Petitioner)  
    2011-05-16 Phone call from Clerk's Office  
    2011-05-06 Phone call from Clerk's Office  
    2011-05-06 Petition for Review (Petitioner)  
    2011-05-06 Appendix Filed (Petitioner)  

    Parties

    Party Counsel Role
    The Diocese of Northwest Texas
    Mr. Guy D. Choate
    Ms. Linda Ruth St. Clair Russell
    Mr. Jim Hund
    Respondent
    Masterson, Robert
    Mr. George S. Finley
    Mr. Reagan W. Simpson
    Ms. April L. Farris
    Petitioner

    Amici Curiae

    Amicus Curiae Counsel
    The Episcopal Church
    Ms. Sandra Cockran Liser
    General Council on Finance and Administration
    Mr. Thomas S. Leatherbury
    Mr. Douglas Laycock
    The Episcopal Diocese of Forth Worth
    Mr. Scott A. Brister
    The Presbyterian Lay Committee
    Mr. David B. West
    Mr. Lloyd J. Lunceford
    ...
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