Today’s Dallas Observer has an excellent story about the City of Dallas’s $4 billion back pay dispute with police and firefighters, part of which is set for trial in December 2017 in Collin County. The case involves issues addressed by the Fifth Court in 2002 (yes, 2002) in Arredondo v. City of Dallas, 79 S.W.3d 65 (Tex. App.–Dallas 2002, pet. denied). Specifically, the Court found the word “maintained” to be patently ambiguous as used in this part of a 1978 ordinance: “The current percentage pay differential between grades in the sworn ranks of the Dallas Police Force and the Fire Fighter and Rescue Force shall be maintained.”
New Local Rule 5, which became effective in May 2017, bridges a “gap” in the Texas Rules of Appellate Procedure about the briefing schedule when both parties have appealed.
The Fifth Court is the first appellate court in Texas to offer an extension of TAMES that allows attorneys to see non-public documents; here is the official announcement.
The oral argument in the high-profile partnership dispute of Enterprise Products Partners LP v. Energy Transfer Partners LP will proceed at 3:00 on Wednesday, April 20, 2016. (LPCH represents Appellee ETP.)
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with five recent cases to know from the Dallas Court of Appeals; click here to access the list and analysis. And watch out for leprechauns!
Does a limitation of liability provision include gross negligence claims? This basic question of contract drafting finds surprisingly little answer in Texas authority. A recent article by LTPC attorneys David Coale and Mallory Biblo summarizes the opinions and where the Dallas Court of Appeals falls.