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No. 14-0302
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CHESAPEAKE EXPLORATION, L.L.C. AND CHESAPEAKE OPERATING, INC. v. MARTHA ROWAN HYDER, INDIVIDUALLY, AND AS INDEPENDENT EXECUTRIX AND TRUSTEE UNDER THE WILL OF ELTON M. HYDER, JR., DECEASED, AND AS TRUSTEE UNDER THE ELTON M. HYDER JR. RESIDUARY TRUST, AND AS TRUSTEE OF THE ELTON M. HYDER JR. MARITAL TRUST; BRENT ROWAN HY

Oral argument was held on March 24, 2015. The Court issued an opinion resolving the case on January 29, 2016. It then denied rehearing on January 29, 2016 File Closed

In the news...

Tracking 2 articles about this case.

January 29, 2016

Challenge to school religious policy not moot; two oil and gas cases; timing is crucial in arguing for an easement to a roadway [Jan. 29, 2016]

from SCOTXblog

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The Court has issued opinions:

August 10, 2015

Chesapeake Seeks Second Chance Before SCOTX

from Texas Lawyer

Opinions

January 29, 2016

Hecht
Green
Johnson
Boyd
Devine

Chief Justice Hecht delivered the opinion of the Court, in which Justice Green, Justice Johnson, Justice Boyd, and Justice Devine joined. PDF

Brown
Willett
Guzman
Lehrmann

Justice Brown delivered a dissenting opinion, in which Justice Willett, Justice Guzman, and Justice Lehrmann joined. PDF

Withdrawn Opinions

The opinions below have been withdrawn by order of the Court.

June 12, 2015

Hecht
Green
Johnson
Boyd
Devine

Chief Justice Hecht delivered the opinion of the Court, in which Justice Green, Justice Johnson, Justice Boyd, and Justice Devine joined. PDF

Brown
Willett
Guzman
Lehrmann

Justice Brown delivered a dissenting opinion, in which Justice Willett, Justice Guzman, and Justice Lehrmann joined.View Electronic Briefs | Oral Argument | Video PDF

Court of Appeals

Appellate District:4th Court of Appeals
Outcome Below:Affirmed
COA Docket No.:04-12-00769-CV
Opinion Author:Honorable Sandee Bryan Marion

Trial Court

Trial Court:17th District Court
County:Tarrant
Trial Judge:Honorable Melody M. Wilkinson
Trial Docket:017-244547-10

Entries on SCOTX Orders Lists

Docket Entries

Date Event Outcome  
2016-01-29 Motion for Rehearing - Disposed Denied
2016-01-29 Opinion issued   Court of appeals' judgment affirmed
2016-01-29 Previous opinion withdrawn  
2016-01-29 Previous opinion withdrawn  
2016-01-29 Dissenting opinion issued.   Issued
2016-01-29 Mandate issued  
2016-01-22 Call received  
  This case was waiting for a decision about a pending motion for rehearing between November 24, 2015 and January 22, 2016.  
2015-11-24 Reply to Response to Motion for Rehearing filed (Petitioner)  
2015-11-13 Amicus Curiae Brief received  
2015-11-13 Call received  
2015-11-12 Response to Motion filed  
2015-11-12 MET to file reply disposed of   Filing granted
2015-11-12 Call received  
2015-11-11 Motion to Extend Time to File Reply filed  
2015-11-10 Amicus Curiae Brief received  
2015-11-06 Amicus Curiae Brief received  
2015-11-04 Response to Motion for Rehearing (Respondent)  
2015-10-20 Amicus Curiae Brief received  
2015-10-01 Motion for Extension of Time to File Response disposed   Filing granted
2015-10-01 Motion for Extension of Time to File Response  
2015-09-28 Supreme Court of Texas Requested Response  
2015-09-11 Letter Filed  
2015-08-26 Amicus Curiae Brief received  
2015-08-10 Pro hac vice motion disposed   Filing granted
2015-08-10 Pro hac vice motion disposed   Filing granted
2015-08-07 Pro hac vice motion filed  
2015-08-07 Amicus Curiae Brief received  
2015-08-07 Pro hac vice motion filed  
2015-08-05 Notice of Appearance  
2015-08-05 Motion for Rehearing  
2015-08-05 Amicus Curiae Brief received  
2015-07-14 Motion for Extension of Time to File Motion for Rehearing disposed   Filing granted
2015-07-14 Motion for Extension of Time to File Motion for Rehearing  
2015-06-17 Motion for Extension of Time to File Motion for Rehearing  
2015-06-17 Motion for Extension of Time to File Motion for Rehearing disposed   Filing granted
2015-06-12 Dissenting opinion issued.   Issued
2015-06-12 Court approved judgment sent to attorneys of record Issued
2015-06-12 Opinion issued   Court of Appeals' judgment affirmed
2015-06-09 Amicus Curiae Brief received (Amicus Curiae)  
2015-04-20 Post submission brief filed (Respondent)  
2015-04-14 Post submission brief filed (Petitioner)  
2015-03-24 Oral argument  
2015-03-23 Exhibits in case/cause filed (Petitioner)  
2015-03-23 Exhibits in case/cause filed (Petitioner)  
2015-02-24 Oral Argument Submission Form from Attorney received  
2015-02-24 Oral Argument Submission Form from Attorney received  
2015-01-30 Case set for oral argument   Case set for oral argument
2015-01-30 Petition for Review disposed Filing granted
2015-01-30 Petition for Review granted
  This case was pending on merits briefs between December 5, 2014 and January 30, 2015.  
2014-12-05 Amicus Curiae Brief received  
2014-11-25 Reply Brief (Petitioner)  
2014-11-11 Brief on the Merits (Respondent)  
2014-10-22 Brief on the Merits (Petitioner)  
  This case was pending on merits briefs between August 29, 2014 and October 22, 2014.  
2014-08-29 Motion for Extension of Time disposed.   Filing granted
2014-08-28 Motion for Extension of Time to File Brief filed  
2014-08-26 Case Record Filed  
2014-08-25 Record Requested in Petition for Review  
2014-08-22 Brief on the Merits Requested  
2014-08-07 Supplemental Letter Brief (Petitioner)  
2014-08-07 Letter brief (Respondent)  
2014-07-25 Reply to Response (Petitioner)  
2014-07-14 Response to Petition (Respondent)  
2014-06-13 Supreme Court of Texas Requested Response  
2014-06-10 Amicus Curiae Brief received  
2014-05-13 Case forwarded to Court
2014-05-06 Response Waiver filed  
2014-04-21 Petition for Review (Petitioner)  

Parties

Party Counsel Role
Chesapeake Exploration, L.L.C.
Mr. Matthew David Stayton
Mr. Bart A. Rue
Mr. Joseph "Joe" R. Greenhill III
Ms. Deborah G. Hankinson
Ms. Rebecca Adams Cavner
Petitioner
Chesapeake Operating, Inc.
Mr. Bart A. Rue
Mr. Matthew David Stayton
Mr. Joseph "Joe" R. Greenhill III
Ms. Deborah G. Hankinson
Ms. Rebecca Adams Cavner
Petitioner
Hyder, Martha Rowan
Mr. James Wills IV
Mr. David Jacob Drez III
Mr. Jacob T. Fain
Mr. Jeffrey Wallace Hellberg Jr.
Respondent

Amici Curiae

Amicus Curiae Counsel
Texas Oil & Gas Association
Ms. Marie R. Yeates
Mr. Michael A. Heidler
Mr. Ernest E. Smith III
Mr. Patrick H. Martin
Texas Land and Mineral Owners Association (TLMA)
Mr. John B. McFarland
National Association of Royalty Owners-Texas, Inc. (NARO-Texas)
Mr. John B. McFarland
Longfellow Ranch Partners, LP
Mr. Roger D. Townsend
Wesley West Minerals, LTD.
Mr. Roger D. Townsend
General Land Office of The State of Texas
Mr. Ken K. Slavin
Trinity River Energy, LLC
Mr. Aaron Starr Thesman
BP America Production Company
Mr. Steven Allbee Smith
Devon Energy Production Company, L.P.
Mr. Jeremy Ketchum Webb
Shell Western E&P, Inc.
Mr. Timothy E. Gehl
Unit Corporation
Mr. Christopher Alan Brown
EOG Resources, Inc.
Mr. C. Robert Vote
EXCO Resources, Inc.
Mr. William Langdon Boeing
XTO Energy Inc.
Mr. John William Pollio Jr.
SandRidge Exploration and Production, LLC
Mr. Michael V. Powell
Texas Independent Producers & Royalty Owners
Ms. Jamie Lavergne Bryan
City of Fort Worth, et al.
Mr. Timothy David Howell
Texas Land and Mineral Owners Association
Mr. Raul A. Gonzalez
National Association of Royalty Owners-Texas, Inc.
Mr. Raul A. Gonzalez
Chesapeake Barnett Shale Royalty Owners
Mr. George Parker Young

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