New Trial Orders In Texas Now Subject To Appellate Review

Law360, New York (September 9, 2013, 4:58 PM EDT) -- For many decades, parties in Texas courts did not have any right to appellate review of a trial court’s new trial order, and trial courts were not required to specify their reasons for setting aside a jury’s verdict. E.g., Johnson v. Fourth Court of Appeals, 700 S.W.2d 916, 918 (Tex. 1985).

In fact, under the previous law, a trial court could grant a new trial up to two times on the ground that the jury’s verdict is against the great weight of the evidence, without any...
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