Texas Supreme Court Argument Preview - 2/24/15

Posted by Rich PhillipsOn Tuesday, February 24, 2015, beginning at 9:00 am, the Supreme Court of Texas will hear argument in the following three cases:No. 13-0047, Dacus v. Parker – This appeal arises from a challenge to a ballot proposition in a municipal election in the City of Houston. The issues relate to two primary issues: (1) whether the City was entitled to summary judgment that the ballot language was legally sufficient and (2) whether statements made by the mayor after summary judgment was granted should have been considered as “newly discovered evidence” for purposes of the challengers’ motion for new trial.No. 13-0597, Plains Exploration & Production Co. v. Torch Energy Advisors Inc. – This case involves a petition and a cross-petition arising out of an oil and gas dispute. Torch Energy Advisors claims that a contract with Plains Exploration & Production Co. entitles Torch to one-half of damages that the Plains recovered from the federal government. The issues are: (1) whether the contracts at issue are ambiguous such that a jury needs to determine the parties’ intent; and (2) whether the parties’ dispute is governed by the contracts at issue or by common-law equity principles.No. 13-0709, Valdez v. Hollenbeck – This petition arises from an equitable bill of review proceeding challenging a 10-year-old probate judgment. The primary issues are: (1) whether the discovery rule can apply to toll the statute of limitations for an equitable bill of review of a probate judgment; (2) whether the heirs showed they were entitled to a bill of review on the merits.The arguments will be broadcast live and the recordings will be available for later viewing. To view the arguments (either live or recorded), click here.