Texas Supreme Court

Texas Supreme Court
11:09 am
Thu January 9, 2014

Texas Supreme Court Ruling In Online Defamation Case Could Set Precedent Statewide

Texas Supreme Court justices.
State of Texas

The Texas Supreme Court will hear oral arguments Thursday and decide whether defamatory comments can be forcibly removed from the Internet. The suit is a first of its kind for the state’s highest court and challenges whether the Texas Constitution is sufficient for the 21st century.

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Texas Supreme Court
3:34 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

Texas Supreme Court Hears Arguments In Fracking Water Trespass Case

Texas Supreme Court justices, January 2013.
State of Texas

The Texas Supreme Court heard oral arguments this week on whether an injection well company trespassed onto an East Texas rice farmers land when they deposited fracking waste water into a nearby property.

FPL Framing, Ltd., a rice farming company based in East Texas, has filed suit against Environmental Processing Systems, a company that disposes of the backwash that is a result of natural gas hydraulic fracking, and in this case is accused of migrating into a farm’s water supply on an adjacent property.

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Texas Supreme Court
9:51 am
Wed December 4, 2013

Texas Supreme Court Hears From Competing Waste Companies In Defamation Case

Texas Supreme Court, January 2013.
State of Texas

On Tuesday the Texas Supreme Court heard from attorneys representing competing waste disposal companies in a defamation lawsuit.

The two companies at odds are Waste Management and Texas Disposal System, who runs a landfill in Southeast Travis County and is the source of the defamation case at hand. According to court records, an anonymous action alert fax originating from Waste Management was sent to various groups, pointing to environmental concerns with the TDS landfill.

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Government
11:46 am
Wed November 6, 2013

State Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments On Same-Sex Couples Filing For Divorce In Texas

Current bench sitting on the Texas Supreme Court.
State of Texas

The Texas Supreme Court heard oral arguments yesterday regarding two separate cases where same-sex couples ask a lower district court for a divorce.

The couples were married in another state and now want to dissolve that marriage through a divorce here in Texas. What the court will have to decide is whether lower district courts can grant a divorce to same-sex couples without violating the Texas Constitution.

The Texas 5th Court of Appeals held that Texas residents may not file for divorce if they were married out of state and are of the same gender.

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The Source - October 9, 2013
12:49 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

The Source: Former Chief Justice Wallace Jefferson | Reforming How Texas Chooses Judges

University of Texas

In the first segment:

"The question is not how is the judiciary? We must ask instead whether our system of justice is working for the people it has promised to serve. Do we have liberty and justice for all? Or have we come to accept liberty and justice only for some?" - Chief Justice Wallace Jefferson's State of the Judiciary, March 2013.

 

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Texas Supreme Court
5:14 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Gov. Perry Appoints New Chief Justice

Texas Supreme Court justices, January 2013. Hecht is seated on left (in blue tie) and Jefferson is seated in the middle.
State of Texas

Gov. Rick Perry has announced a successor to lead the Texas Supreme Court following the resignation of Chief Justice Wallace Jefferson.

Perry has appointed Justice Nathan Hecht to replace Jefferson, who announced his departure starting Oct. 1. Hecht has become known as a champion of indigent defense ensuring that everyone has access to legal aid.

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BP Oil Spill
5:20 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

Texas Supreme Court To Rule In BP Insurance Case

Texas Supreme Court justices, 2012.
State of Texas

The U.S. 5th Circuit Court has asked that the Texas Supreme Court make a ruling on whether oil giant BP had adequate insurance coverage prior to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Osler McCarthy, a staff attorney for public information at the Texas Supreme Court, said that when BP asked its  insurance company, to pay up, its insurer told them they weren't covered.

McCarthy said the court will be examining if the primary coverage was enough for BP to be covered for the pollution damage to the Texas Coast or if the company should have purchased additional umbrella policies.

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Texas Supreme Court
1:56 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Chief Justice Jefferson Announces Resignation From Texas Supreme Court

Chief Justice Wallace Jefferson (seated in middle) has announced his resignation from the state's high court.
State of Texas

Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Wallace Jefferson, who lives in San Antonio, plans to step down from his position this Fall. Jefferson is the first African-American to serve as the State of Texas’ top judge. 

Jefferson has held the spot for the last 12 years and said he is leaving his post Oct. 1. He said his decision centered on family and finances:

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Texas Law Enforcement
11:37 am
Thu August 29, 2013

Ag. Commissioner Supports Court Limit On Landowner Liability

Texas Supreme Court justices, 2012.
State of Texas

Texas Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples has filed a brief with the Texas Supreme Court encouraging them to limit landowner liability regarding accidents that involve undocumented migrants.

Staples writes in his brief that the State of Texas must protect policies that enable landowners to secure their land from trespassers and illegal activity without fear of legal retribution.

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Texas Supreme Court
3:25 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

Divorce Cases Taking Same-Sex Marriage Issue To Texas Supreme Court

Texas Supreme Court justices, 2012.
State of Texas

The Texas Supreme Court has decided it will take a look at two separate divorce cases from 2010 that involve same-sex couples who were legally married in another state.

One of the cases, which took place in Travis County, ended with a judge agreeing to settle the couple’s divorce, but a different judge refused to hear the another case involving a couple living in Dallas.

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott intervened in both the cases, arguing to the court that Texas law forbids any action that recognizes same sex marriage, including divorce.

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