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No. 13-0499
TAMES

IN RE RSR CORPORATION AND QUEMETCO METALS LIMITED, INC.

Oral argument was held on September 2, 2015. The Court issued an opinion resolving the case on December 4, 2015. It then denied rehearing on October 24, 2014 File Closed

In the news...

Tracking 2 articles about this case.

August 31, 2015

Preview of the first September argument sitting

from SCOTXblog

This article also mentions 6 other cases.

The Court has issued opinions:

Opinion

December 4, 2015

Devine
Hecht
Green
Johnson
Willett
Guzman
Lehrmann
Boyd
Brown

Justice Devine delivered the opinion of the Court. PDF

 

Court of Appeals

Appellate District:5th Court of Appeals
Outcome Below:"Denied"
COA Docket No.:05-13-00124-CV
Opinion Author:Honorable Robert M. Fillmore

Trial Court

Trial Court:44th District Court
County:Dallas
Trial Judge:Honorable Carlos Raul Cortez
Trial Docket:08-13787

Docket Entries

Date Event Outcome  
  This case has been waiting for a possible rehearing motion.  
2016-01-15 Certified cys of cost bill sent to attys of record  
2015-12-04 Opinion issued   Writ of Mandamus conditionally granted
  This case was awaiting the Court's decision after oral argument between October 14, 2015 and December 4, 2015.  
2015-10-14 Letter brief (Real Parties in Interest)  
2015-10-05 Post submission brief filed (Relator)  
2015-09-11 Letter brief (Real Parties in Interest)  
2015-09-02 Oral argument  
2015-09-01 Exhibits in case/cause filed (Real Parties in Interest)  
2015-08-31 Exhibits in case/cause filed (Real Parties in Interest)  
2015-08-31 Exhibits in case/cause filed (Real Parties in Interest)  
2015-08-31 Letter Filed  
2015-08-20 Supplemental Letter Brief (Real Parties in Interest)  
2015-07-20 Oral Argument Submission Form from Attorney received  
2015-07-20 Oral Argument Submission Form from Attorney received  
2015-07-03 Case set for oral argument   Case set for oral argument
  This case was waiting for oral argument between March 13, 2015 and July 3, 2015.  
2015-03-13 Abatement Order Lifted  
2015-03-13 cause reinstated to active docket
2015-03-13 Case set for oral argument   Case set for oral argument
2015-03-03 Status report filed  
2015-03-02 Status report filed  
  This case was abated between November 21, 2014 and March 2, 2015.  
2014-11-21 Order of the Court Issued   Matter in Supreme Court of Texas Abated
2014-11-21 Petition for Writ of Mandamus disposed Matter in Supreme Court of Texas Abated
2014-11-21 Motion to re-set submission date disposed   Filing granted
2014-11-21 Motion to Expedite disposed   Denied
2014-11-18 Response to Motion filed  
2014-11-17 Call received  
2014-11-14 Motion to re-set submission date filed.  
2014-11-14 Response to Motion filed  
2014-11-13 Call received  
2014-11-13 Motion to Expedite  
2014-10-24 Motion for Rehearing - Disposed Filing granted
2014-10-24 Previous Order of the Court withdrawn  
2014-10-24 Petition for Writ of Mandamus reinstated
2014-10-24 Case set for oral argument   Case set for oral argument
2014-10-24 Mandamus Set to Argue
2014-10-24 Petition for Writ of Mandamus disposed Case set for oral argument
2014-10-17 Reply to Response to Motion for Rehearing filed (Relator)  
2014-10-02 Response to Motion for Rehearing (Real Parties in Interest)  
2014-10-02 Amicus Curiae Brief received  
2014-09-12 Motion for Extension of Time to File Response  
2014-09-12 Motion for Extension of Time disposed.   Filing granted
2014-09-05 Supreme Court of Texas Requested Response  
2014-08-26 Case forwarded to Court
2014-08-22 Motion for Rehearing  
2014-07-21 Motion for Extension of Time to File Motion for Rehearing disposed   Filing granted
2014-07-18 Response to Motion filed  
2014-07-17 Phone call from Clerk's Office  
2014-07-17 Motion for Extension of Time to File Motion for Rehearing  
2014-06-19 Motion for Extension of Time to File Motion for Rehearing disposed   Filing granted
2014-06-19 Response to Motion filed  
2014-06-18 Electronic communication sent to Party  
2014-06-18 Motion for Extension of Time to File Motion for Rehearing  
2014-06-06 Petition for Writ of Mandamus disposed Denied
  This case was pending on merits briefs between March 17, 2014 and June 6, 2014.  
2014-03-17 Reply Brief (Relator)  
2014-02-14 Motion for Extension of Time disposed.   Filing granted
2014-02-14 Motion for Extension of Time to File Brief filed  
2014-02-06 Brief on the Merits (Real Parties in Interest)  
2013-12-30 Motion for Extension of Time to File Response  
2013-12-30 Motion for Extension of Time disposed.   Filing granted
2013-12-18 Brief on the Merits (Relator)  
2013-11-15 Motion for Extension of Time disposed.   Filing granted
2013-11-15 Motion for Extension of Time to File Brief filed  
2013-10-18 Brief on the Merits Requested  
2013-10-01 Reply to Petition for Writ of Mandamus (Relator)  
2013-09-09 Response to Petition for Writ of Mandamus Filed (Real Parties in Interest)  
2013-08-09 Supreme Court of Texas Requested Response
2013-07-09 Case forwarded to Court
2013-07-02 Sealed document filed in case  
2013-07-01 Petition for Writ of Mandamus (Relator)  

Parties

Party Counsel Role
RSR Corporation
Ms. Harriet O'Neill
Mr. Douglas W. Alexander
Mr. Shain Khoshbin
Ms. Joyce M. Hellstern
Mr. James S. Renard
Mr. William A. Brewer III
Relator
Siegmund, Andreas
Mr. Russell Roden
Other Interested Party
Inppamet S.A.
Mr. Jeffrey M. Tillotson
Ms. Nina Cortell
Mr. Christopher John Schwegmann
Mr. Jeremy Fielding
Mr. Michael P. Lynn
Ms. Karen D. Smith
Ms. Carrie L. Huff
Mr. Andres Correa
Ms. Kelli Benham Bills
Real Party In Interest

Amicus Curiae

Amicus Curiae Counsel
Eads, Linda S.
Ms. Linda Eads
 

Disqualification of counsel for speaking to a former employee of the opposing party

legal ethics

This mandamus petition concerns a trial court's order disqualifying counsel for gathering information from a high-ranking former employee of the opposing party who was involved both in the facts of the case and, as a financial manager, of overseeing paying the lawyers involved in the case.

The dispute involves whether the sort of disqualification that attaches when a law firm hires a legal-services professional like a paralegal from the other side should also attach when the firm gets information from an employee who was involved in a larger "litigation team." The petition urges that this would chill the informal fact-finding that trial counsel are permitted to do of former employees.

The Court granted rehearing of its previous denial of this mandamus petition and has set this case for oral argument.

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