Tuttle Enterprises, Inc. and Watson & Taylor Management, Inc.
Ray Truitt and Annie Truitt
Trial court: 122nd District Court of Galveston County No. 09CV0221
Sherry Radack Chief Justice
On October 17, 2013, the parties filed a "Joint Motion Regarding Appellate Mediation, " requesting a 60-day extension of time in which to pay or make arrangements to pay the court reporter's fee for preparing the reporter's record. In their motion, the parties contend that an extension of time is necessary to enable them to conduct settlement negotiations with the assistance of a mediator. Further, on January 10, 2014, the parties filed a "Renewed Joint Motion Regarding Appellate Mediation, " stating that the parties have selected Norm Roser as their mediator and have agreed to a one-day mediation session scheduled for January 29, 2014. In the motion, all parties request an extension of appellants' deadline to pay the reporter's fee and appellees request an opportunity to pay the reporter's fee if appellants fail to do so. Finally, on January 14, 2014, appellants filed an "Additional Motion Regarding Appellate Mediation, " which reiterates the information and requests presented in the parties renewed joint motion.
Accordingly, we GRANT the parties' January 10, 2014 "Renewed Joint Motion Regarding Appellate Mediation." The deadline for the parties to file written evidence from the court reporter showing that any party has either paid or made arrangements to pay the reporter's fee for preparing the reporter's record is 5:00 p.m., February 7, 2014. Unless any party provides written evidence from the court reporter showing that the fee has been paid or that arrangements to pay the fee have been made by the deadline, the Court will consider and decide the appeal on those issues or points that do not require a reporter's record for a ...