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No. 16-0505
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MURPHY EXPLORATION & PRODUCTION COMPANY—USA, A DELAWARE CORPORATION v. SHIRLEY ADAMS, CHARLENE BURGESS, WILLIE MAE HERBST JASIK, WILLIAM ALBERT HERBST, HELEN HERBST, AND R. MAY OIL & GAS COMPANY, LTD.

A petition was filed on August 31, 2016. Oral argument was held on December 5, 2017. The Court issued an opinion resolving the case on June 1, 2018.

Opinions

June 1, 2018

Lehrmann
Hecht
Devine
Brown
Blacklock

Justice Lehrmann delivered the opinion of the Court, in which Chief Justice Hecht, Justice Devine, Justice Brown, and Justice Blacklock joined. PDF

Johnson
Green
Guzman
Boyd

Justice Johnson delivered a dissenting opinion, in which Justice Green, Justice Guzman and Justice Boyd joined.View Electronic Briefs | Oral Argument | Video PDF

 

Court of Appeals

Appellate District:4th Court of Appeals
Outcome Below:Reverse & Remand
COA Docket No.:04-15-00118-CV
Opinion Author:Honorable Patricia O. Alvarez

Trial Court

Trial Court:218th District Court
County:Atascosa
Trial Judge:Honorable Stella H. Saxon
Trial Docket:13-05-0466-CVA

Entries on SCOTX Orders Lists

Upcoming

Date Event  
2018-07-18 Motion for rehearing due to be filed.

Docket Entries

Date Event Outcome  
2018-06-11 Motion for Extension of Time to File Motion for Rehearing disposed   Filing granted
2018-06-11 Motion for Extension of Time to File Motion for Rehearing  
2018-06-01 Dissenting opinion issued.   Issued
2018-06-01 Opinion issued   Court of Appeals' judgment reversed, trial court judgment reinstated
2018-06-01 Court approved judgment sent to attorneys of record Issued
2018-05-31 Notice from Counsel of a change in address  
  This case was awaiting the Court's decision after oral argument between December 8, 2017 and May 31, 2018.  
2017-12-08 Post submission brief filed (Petitioner)  
2017-12-07 Post submission brief filed (Respondent)  
2017-12-05 Oral argument  
2017-12-04 Exhibits in case/cause filed (Petitioner)  
2017-12-04 Exhibits in case/cause filed (Petitioner)  
2017-11-28 Amicus Curiae Brief received  
2017-11-20 Oral Argument Submission Form from Attorney received  
2017-11-17 Oral Argument Submission Form from Attorney received  
2017-10-27 Petition for Review disposed Filing granted
2017-10-27 Petition for Review granted
2017-10-27 Case set for oral argument   Case set for oral argument
  This case was pending on merits briefs between May 23, 2017 and October 27, 2017.  
2017-05-23 Response to Amicus Curiae Brief filed (Respondent)  
2017-05-02 Fully hyperlinked brief filed (Amicus Curiae)  
2017-05-01 Amicus Curiae Brief received  
2017-03-29 Reply Brief (Petitioner)  
2017-03-24 Amicus Curiae Brief received  
2017-03-08 Motion for Extension of Time to File Brief filed  
2017-03-08 Motion for Extension of Time disposed.   Filing granted
2017-03-06 Brief on the Merits (Respondent)  
2017-02-15 Motion for Extension of Time disposed.   Filing granted
2017-02-15 Motion for Extension of Time to File Brief filed  
2017-02-01 Brief on the Merits (Petitioner)  
2016-12-20 Motion for Extension of Time to File Brief filed  
2016-12-20 Motion for Extension of Time disposed.   Filing granted
2016-12-15 Case Record Filed  
2016-12-05 Record Requested in Petition for Review  
2016-12-02 Brief on the Merits Requested  
2016-10-24 Reply to Response (Petitioner)  
2016-10-06 MET to file reply disposed of   Filing granted
2016-10-06 Motion to Extend Time to File Reply filed  
2016-10-04 Case forwarded to Court
2016-09-30 Response to Petition (Respondent)  
2016-08-31 Petition for Review (Petitioner)  
  This case was waiting for the parties to file a formal petition between July 8, 2016 and August 31, 2016.  
2016-07-08 Motion for Extension of Time to File Petition for Review disposed   Filing granted
2016-07-07 Motion for Extension of Time to File Petition for Review filed  

Parties

Party Counsel Role
Herbst, William Albert
Ms. Mary A. Keeney
Mr. John B. McFarland
Respondent
Adams, Shirley
Mr. John B. McFarland
Ms. Mary A. Keeney
Respondent
Murphy Exploration & Production Company–USA, A Delaware Corporation
Mr. Jason A. Newman
Ms. Macey Reasoner Stokes
Mr. J. Mark Little
Petitioner
Burgess, Charlene
Ms. Mary A. Keeney
Mr. John B. McFarland
Respondent
Jasik, Willie Mae Herbst
Ms. Mary A. Keeney
Mr. John B. McFarland
Respondent
R. May Oil & Gas Company, Ltd.
Ms. Mary A. Keeney
Mr. John B. McFarland
Respondent
Herbst, Helen
Mr. John B. McFarland
Ms. Mary A. Keeney
Respondent

Amici Curiae

Amicus Curiae Counsel
Chesapeake Eagle Form MDL Royaly Owners
Mr. James W. Christian
Ms. Catherine M. Stone
Mr. Stephen Ray Smith
Kelli L. Walter
Mr. John W. Petry
Vincent P. Circelli
Ms. Linda S. Mcdonald
Mr. George Parker Young
Mr. Ruben Valadez
Texas Oil & Gas Association
Mr. Charles R. 'Skip' Watson Jr.
Texas Land & Mineral Owners Association.
Mr. Robert Park
Mr. Joseph B.C. Fitzsimons
Dana B. Deaton
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