Saturday, May 26, 2007

May 25, 2007 - Court Strikes Petition in Property Tax Appeal

The Texas Supreme Court denied six petitions for review this Friday and struck one. It did not grant any. No opinions were issued.

The Court struck the petition for review in a property tax appeal from Houston, in which the Fourteenth Court of Appeal dismissed for lack of jurisdiction based on the exclusive remedy provision of the property tax statute. The case was assigned Supreme Court Cause No. 07‑0390
Opinion below: 1615 Corporation, Lance Dreyer and S.R. Dreyer v. Houston Independent School District (HISD), City of Houston, and Harris County, No. 14‑04‑00859‑CV, ___ SW3d ___, Nov. 30, 2006) (op. on reh'g)

Frozen Embryo Case in Limbo

The Texas Supreme Court granted yet another extension of time for briefing in Roman v. Roman, 193 S.W.3d 40 (Tex. App.—Houston [1st Dist.] 2006, pet. filed), in which the state's highest court for civil appeals is asked to decide the validity and enforceability of a frozen embryo agreement between former spouses. The case is starting to attract national media attention, and may yet reach the U. S. Supreme Court on the constitutional reproductive rights issues that courts have so far skirted.

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