“Top Texas Supreme Court Rulings Of 2017: Midyear Report”
In its recently concluded term, the Texas Supreme Court gave attorneys nuanced, practical guidance in a string of oil and gas royalty cases, laid out a framework for how trial courts should handle thorny e-discovery disputes and instructed lawyers on when and how it’s appropriate to cite Wikipedia as a source.
Rich Phillips of Thompson & Knight LLP echoed that sentiment, saying the common theme among the court’s oil and gas decisions, including its enforcement of a countywide granting clause in a mineral rights deed, is that they’re going to read the language, and they’re going to give the language its plain meaning.
“They’re not going outside that. They’re not looking at intent,” Phillips said. “They’re looking at the plain language at issue.”