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Omitting Costs Did Not Affect Judgment Finality

In Saudi Refining, Inc. v. Combs, the Third Court of Appeals has held that it lacked jurisdiction to decide an appeal from a summary judgment signed in 2003.  In an opinion authored by Chief Justice W. Kenneth Law (pictured), the court rejected an argument that the omission of costs sought by the defendants was sufficient to render an otherwise final judgment interlocutory.  The court thus dismissed the appeal for want of jurisdiction.

D. Todd Smith
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D. Todd Smith is an Austin-based civil appellate specialist who works with trial teams from the earliest stages of litigation. In trial courts, he takes the lead on strategic analysis and briefing, jury charges, and potentially dispositive motions, all with a focus on preserving error and positioning cases for appellate review.

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