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Texas Supreme Court Orders & Opinion 10/19/07

The Texas Supreme Court issued one opinion with today’s orders.  In Yancy v. United Surgical Partners Inc. (05-0925), a summary judgment case, the Court held that the two-year statute of limitations in the former Medical Liability Act did not violate the Texas Constitution’s open courts guarantee on the record presented.  Although the Court concluded that the court of appeals erred because the record contained some evidence of continuous mental incapacity, it nevertheless affirmed after concluding that the petitioner failed to raise a “fact issue establishing that [petitioner] did not have a reasonable opportunity to discover the alleged wrong and bring suit within the limitations period or that she sued within a reasonable time after discovering the alleged wrong.  Thus, the open courts provision does not save [petitioner’s] time-barred negligence claims.”

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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