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Texas Supreme Court Justices To Hear Arguments At SMU

October 15, 2008

The full panel of the Supreme Court of Texas will hear oral arguments in three cases on Thursday, Oct. 16, at the SMU Dedman School of Law.

Texas Supreme Court group photo 2008
The Texas Supreme Court

The Justices will begin hearing arguments at 9 a.m. in the first floor Hillcrest Appellate Courtroom and Classroom of the Underwood Law Library. 

All seats in the main room have been reserved, but a live feed of the proceedings will be simulcast in Underwood’s Walsh Classroom, also on the first floor.  In addition, St. Mary’s University will provide a live Web cast of the proceedings at http://www.stmarytx.edu/law/webcasts/?go=live.

The cases to be presented are:

  • Entergy Gulf States, Inc. v. Summers,
    out of Jefferson County
  • TXI Transportation Co., et al. v. Hughes, et al,
    out of Wise County
  • City of Dallas v. Abbot,
    out of Travis County

The Entergy case is the focus of intense, statewide interest. The Supreme Court of Texas agreed to re-hear the case after the court’s decision in late August drew widespread criticism for expanding legal immunity for owners of worksites. The original court decision allows the owner of a business to be considered the general contractor for work done on the business property, opening a loophole for business owners who buy a certain type of workers' compensation insurance to prevent temporary employees from suing for injuries.

Related Links:
- The Texas Lawyer
- The Dallas Morning News

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