Texas Supreme Court update by Steven Knight
At the recent State Bar of Texas’ Annual Meeting, Steven Knight, Co-Chair of our Appellate practice, provided an update on the Texas Supreme Court’s term from September 2020 to August 2021. His presentation included key statistics from the term as well as updates on key rulings, including the Texas Citizens Participation Act (TCPA), premises liability, negligence, the Prompt Payment of Claims Act, underinsured motorists, and workers’ compensation.
In the 2020 term, the Supreme Court granted review for 11% of petitions and issued 136 opinions. Related to the Texas Citizens Participation Act, the court ruled in Montelongo v. Abrea that because the submission of an amended petition added new causes of action, the 60-day deadline applied with respect to the amended petition. Further, in Catholic Diocese of el Paso v. Porter, the court determined that “a person on the property to perform volunteer work for a third party benefits the third party rather than the property owner and therefore is not the owner’s invitee.”
Knight further commented on a number of key rulings made during the 2020 Supreme Court term. Here is the Texas Bar Journal article to learn more.