Texas Supreme Court Argument Preview (1/13/16)

Posted by Rich PhillipsOn Wednesday, January 13, 2016, the Supreme Court of Texas will hear argument in two cases:No. 14-1045, In re M-I, L.L.C. d/b/a M-I SWACO – This mandamus petition presents several trade-secret issues. The first issue is whether the corporate representative of the opposing party (a competitor) should have been excluded from the courtroom during testimony about the trade secrets at issue. The second issue is whether a trial court may compel disclosure of a witness statement previously submitted, in camera, to the court of appeals in a prior mandamus proceeding, where the witness statement was submitted in a sealed record. No. 15-0046, Hoskins v. Hoskins – This case involves a family property dispute that was resolved in arbitration. The issue is whether the Texas Arbitration Act permits courts to vacate an arbitration award on common-law grounds, or whether they are limited to the specific grounds enumerated in the TAA. You can watch oral argument live (or go back and watch the recording later) here.