Maybe it’s best for litigants not to complain about a four-year wait for a decision from the Texas Supreme Court. The plaintiff in Marketing on Hold Inc., d/b/a Southwestern Tariff Analyst v. Jefferson, et al. did just that in an April 28 federal civil rights complaint. Eight days later, the high court ruled 5-3 against that plaintiff in the underlying case Marketing on Hold v. Southwestern Bell Telephone Co.A lower court had certified a class action against Southwestern Bell; the high court’s decision reversed the class certification. Lawyers for the Supreme Court moved to dismiss the federal complaint for mootness. U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks agreed on July 19 to toss the case out of his court. He disagreed with the plaintiff’s assertion that the motion to reconsider the plaintiff filed with the Texas Supreme Court defeated the defendant’s mootness argument. “The court finds plaintiff has not advanced a single reasonable argument, either in its pleadings or at the hearing, which indicates there is any justiciable controversy left in this case now that there has been a final judgment entered by the Texas Supreme Court. Defendant’s motion is therefore GRANTED on the grounds of mootness,” Sparks wrote. Houston solo Tom Bray, who represents the plaintiff in the federal complaint, did not immediately return a call for comment. A spokesperson for the Texas Attorney General’s office, which represented the Supreme Court in federal complaint, also did not immediately return a call for comment.
-- John Council