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Supreme Court Requests Briefs on the Merits in both Steele and Nettles Cases

The Supreme Court of Texas has requested that the parties provide detailed briefs on the merits in both the Steele mass action lawsuit and in the Nettles lawsuit against GTECH.  The Court gave the parties in both cases the following deadlines:

Petitioner’s brief due no later than October 29, 2018;

Response brief due November 19, 2018;

Reply brief due December 4, 2018

What can we conclude from the Court’s request?  It’s hard to say.  It probably simply means that the members of the Court are not willing to rule in either case without hearing more detailed arguments from the parties.  Don’t be surprised if the Court later requests that the attorneys in both cases argue their points before the Court after the final brief is filed in December.  For those of you marking your calendars, expect an oral argument sometime in early 2019.