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No. 13-0084
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Oral argument was held on December 5, 2013. The Court issued an opinion resolving the case on August 22, 2014. It then denied rehearing on October 24, 2014 File Closed

In the news...

Tracking 1 article about this case.

October 18, 2013

Three grants of review and one rehearing grant [Oct. 18, 2013]

from SCOTXblog

This article also mentions 4 other cases.

The Court has issued opinions:


August 22, 2014


Justice Boyd delivered the opinion of the Court PDF


Court of Appeals

Appellate District:14th Court of Appeals
Outcome Below:Affirmed
COA Docket No.:14-10-01006-CV
Opinion Author:Honorable Charles W. Seymore

Trial Court

Trial Court:21st District Court
Trial Judge:Honorable Terry Flenniken
Trial Docket:34002

Docket Entries

Date Event Outcome  
2014-11-14 Case Stored  
2014-10-24 Mandate issued  
2014-10-24 Motion for Rehearing - Disposed   Denied with Justice not sitting.
2014-09-19 Case forwarded to Court
2014-09-19 Motion for Rehearing  
2014-09-08 Motion for Extension of Time to File Motion for Rehearing disposed   Filing granted
2014-09-05 Call received  
2014-09-05 Phone call from Clerk's Office  
2014-09-05 Motion for Extension of Time to File Motion for Rehearing  
2014-08-22 Opinion issued   Court of Appeals' judgment reversed & judgment rendered
2014-08-22 Court approved judgment sent to attorneys of record Issued
  This case was awaiting the Court's decision after oral argument between January 31, 2014 and August 22, 2014.  
2014-01-31 Post submission brief filed (Respondent)  
2013-12-19 Post submission brief filed (Petitioner)  
2013-12-05 Oral argument  
2013-12-05 Exhibits in case/cause filed (Respondent)  
2013-11-26 Oral Argument Submission Form from Attorney received  
2013-11-25 Motion to Argue disposed   Filing granted
2013-11-22 Call received  
2013-11-06 Motion to Argue filed  
2013-11-06 Oral Argument Submission Form from Attorney received  
2013-11-05 Oral Argument Submission Form from Attorney received  
2013-10-18 Petition for Review granted
2013-10-18 Petition for Review disposed Filing granted
2013-10-18 Case set for oral argument   Case set for oral argument
  This case was pending on merits briefs between July 31, 2013 and October 18, 2013.  
2013-07-31 Amicus Curiae Brief received  
2013-07-30 Reply Brief (Petitioner)  
2013-07-15 Brief on the Merits (Respondent)  
2013-06-27 Fully hyperlinked brief filed (Petitioner)  
2013-06-24 Brief on the Merits (Petitioner)  
2013-05-22 Motion for Extension of Time to File Brief filed  
2013-05-22 Motion for Extension of Time disposed.   Filing granted
2013-05-21 Case Record Filed  
2013-05-03 Record Requested in Petition for Review  
2013-05-03 Brief on the Merits Requested  
2013-05-01 Amicus Curiae Brief received  
2013-04-12 Amicus Curiae Letter Received  
2013-04-10 Amicus Curiae Letter Received  
2013-03-21 Reply to Response (Petitioner)  
2013-03-12 Case forwarded to Court
2013-03-06 Response to Petition (Respondent)  
2013-02-04 Petition for Review (Petitioner)  


Party Counsel Role
Mel Acres Ranch
Mr. George R. Gibson
Mr. Seth Adam Miller
Mr. A. Kent Altsuler
Houston Unlimited, Inc. Metal Processing
Mr. James Edward Smith
Mr. Bruce R. Wilkin

Amici Curiae

Amicus Curiae Counsel
Texas Association of Business
Ms. Kandice Sanaie
Texas Chemical Council
Ms. Christina T. Wisdom
Texas Pipeline Association
Ms. Celina Romero
Texas Oil & Gas Association
Mr. Jeremy Daniel Kernodle
Jeffrey Civins
Allen Ryan Paulsen