In its weekly orders (12/13/13), the Texas Supreme Court issued one corrected opinion and two new opinions. The Court also granted review in four cases. Click here to read the order list.
The corrected opinion is in Tedder v. Gardner Aldrich, LLP. The court deleted some discussion in a footnote about the propriety of an intervention.
The two new opinions are in:
1. Tucker v. Thomas -- In this case about child support, the Court held that the trial court cannot award attorney's fees as "necessities" or as additional child support in a non-enforcement modification suit.
2. Ysleta I.S.D. v. Franco -- This is a whistleblower case. The Court held that a school principal's complaint to higher school officials was not a good-faith complaint to "law-enforcement authority."
Click here to access the opinions.
The four petitions granted are in:
1. HMC Hotel Props. II L.P. v. Keystone-Texas Holding Corp. -- The principal issues involve legal sufficiency of the evidence to support findings of title slander, tortious interference, and malice.
2. Kinney v. Barnes -- This is a defamation case in which one issue is whether the free speech rights under the Texas Constitution impose a stricter standard on injunctive relief than the U.S. Constitution imposes. Another issue is whether a permanent injunction is an impermissible prior restraint under either constitution.
3. Tenet Hosps. Ltd. v. Rivera -- This is a med-mal case involving the 10-year statute of repose as applied to a minor.
4. Key Operating & Equipment Inc. v. Hegar -- In this oil-and-gas case involving a pooled unit, the principal issue is whether the operator can use adjacent property for its drilling operations.
-- Scott Stolley, Thompson & Knight