'141st District Court' Tagged Posts

'141st District Court' Tagged Posts

Judge grants breakaway parties’ motion

On Wednesday, June 10, 2015, the Hon. John P. Chupp granted the Third Motion for Partial Summary Judgment (All Saints’) of the defendant breakaway ACNA parties and denied the Supplemental Motion for Partial Summary Judgment (All Saints’) of the plaintiff Episcopal Parties. In the next few days the parties will confer on a final judgment to be signed by the judge, to include the rulings on March 2 and June 10. The entry of that judgment will set the stage for appeals by the plaintiff…

Court hearing rescheduled

The hearing scheduled for Wednesday, June 3, on the supplemental motions for partial summary judgment dealing with All Saints Episcopal Church, Fort Worth, has been rescheduled for 10am Wednesday June 10 in the 141st District Court.  

Bishop High issues letter following court hearing

The Rt. Rev. Rayford B. High, Jr., issued this letter after the Friday, February, 20, 2015, hearing in the 141st District Court, Tarrant County. Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ, In August 2013, you may remember, the Texas Supreme Court returned our case to the 141st District Court, Tarrant County, to be tried on different principles than in the previous hearing. Our hearing before the Honorable Judge John P. Chupp on both sides’ motions for partial summary judgment was today.…

Episcopal Parties file Response to Defendants’ Motion for Partial Summary Judgment

On Monday, December 22, 2014, Plaintiffs The Episcopal Church and the Local Episcopal Parties and Congregations filed their Response to the breakaway Defendants’ motion for partial summary judgment in the 141st Civil District Court of Tarrant County, the Honorable Judge John P. Chupp presiding. Read the Response to Defendants’ Second Motion for Partial Summary Judgment – PDF The Rt. Rev. Rayford B. High, Jr., bishop of the diocese and one of the named plaintiffs in the case, expressed his confidence that…

Episcopal Parties File Motion for Partial Summary Judgment Under Neutral Principles

On December 1, 2014, Plaintiffs The Episcopal Church, Local Episcopal Parties, and Local Episcopal Congregations filed a joint motion for partial summary judgment in the 141st District Court, the Honorable John P. Chupp presiding. As the motion states: “Defendants are former Episcopalians who served as officers of The Episcopal Church’s Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth. They gained access to more than $100 million of property in that capacity. They committed to use that property only for the benefit of the Church…

Episcopal Parties File Petition for Review by U.S. Supreme Court

On June 19, 2014, The Episcopal Church and loyal Episcopal parties and congregations of the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth filed a petition for writ of certiorari with the U.S. Supreme Court. The Fort Worth parties were joined in the filing by the Episcopal Diocese of Northwest Texas and the officials from the continuing Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd in San Angelo. In related news, the remand of the case to the 141st District Court in Tarrant County continues; Judge John P. Chupp entered a scheduling order that includes pleading and discovery deadlines and sets the hearing on motions for summary judgment for December 17, 2014.

Bishop High issues statement in wake of Texas Supreme Court action

We found out today the Texas Supreme Court denied our motion to stay issuance of mandate.  Of course, we had hoped they would respond positively to our request.  In the wake of this decision, our legal team is preparing for the hearing next Thursday before Judge John P. Chupp.  We will keep you updated as things  progress. It is a slow process, but we will continue to move forward. +Rayford B. High, Jr.

Change in Scope of April 28, 2011 Hearing

In a telephonic hearing on April 27, 2011, Judge John P. Chupp told the parties that, on April 28 at 2 p.m., he will hear the parties’ arguments about whether to allow the Episcopal Parties to conduct discovery on the factual issues raised in Defendants’ Motion to Set Supersedeas Bond and the Local Episcopal Parties’ Motion to Continue Hearing on Supersedeas and for Additional Protection. He indicated that the parties should not bring witnesses to put on testimony about the…

Statement on October 20, 2011 Order on Supersedeas and Injunctions

Court Protects All Episcopal Property and Accounts During Appeal: Signs Episcopal Parties’ Requested Order, Sets Six-Figure Bond, and Orders Monthly Financial Reporting from All Southern Cone Defendants On October 20, 2011, the Hon. Judge John P. Chupp signed an order setting the terms of a $100,000.00 supersedeas bond and imposing injunctions designed to protect all of the historic Church property during the breakaway faction’s appeal. Order on Defendants’ Motion to Set Supersedeas Bond and the Local Episcopal Parties’ Motion for…

Hearing Set on Supersedeas Bond and Injunction Pending Appeal

[Note: since hearing date was first announced, there has been a change. Due to a scheduling conflict of one of the breakaway Defendants’ attorneys, the hearing on the Local Episcopal Parties’ Motion to Tender Orders has been reset for Thursday, October 20, 2011 at 9:30 a.m. in the 141st District Court in Fort Worth.] Despite four months of negotiations, the parties have failed to reach an agreement on the conditions that the breakaway Defendants must meet in order to stop…

Local Episcopal Parties Submit Proposed Orders to Judge Chupp

On June 24, 2011, the Local Episcopal Parties filed their Motion to Tender Orders with the 141st District Court of Tarrant County. The hearing on the motion is set for Thursday, July 21 at 10:30 a.m., for about ten minutes. On February 8, 2011, the Honorable Judge Chupp ruled – like courts across Texas and around the nation – that the breakaway defendants who left The Episcopal Church must cease holding themselves out as the Episcopal Diocese and must return historic Church…

Hearing on Supersedeas Recessed

At the hearing in May 19 on the supersedeas and injunction motions, Judge John P. Chupp heard testimony from witnesses for the Local Episcopal Parties, including experts on real property and forensic accounting; considered affidavits from the Defendants; and heard legal arguments from attorneys on both sides. Before announcing his ruling, Judge Chupp invited the parties to confer in the hope of reaching an agreement on these issues. The attorneys met in the jury room, with Bishop Ohl present, and…

Local Episcopal Parties Prepare for Hearing on Southern Cone Motion to Set Supersedeas Bond and Motion for Additional Protection

On 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 19, 2011, Judge John P. Chupp of the 141st District Court of Tarrant County, Texas will hear evidence and legal arguments on (1) the breakaway Defendants’ Motion to Set Supersedeas Bond and (2) the Local Episcopal Parties’ Motion for Additional Protection, both filed April 25, and (3) the Local Episcopal Parties’ Motion to Strike the Affidavits of Jane R. Parrott, filed May 16. On Tuesday, May 17, the Local Episcopal Parties filed their response…

Judge Chupp Resets Supersedeas Hearing for May 19, Orders Discovery

On April 28, Judge John P. Chupp granted in part the Local Episcopal Parties’ Motion to Continue and for Additional Protection and reset the hearing on the Defendants’ Motion to Set Supersedeas and the Local Episcopal Parties’ Motion for Additional Protection for May 19, 2011. Because the hearing has been continued for a date after May 5, he also, with agreement of the Episcopal parties, stayed (suspended) until further order the effective date of the permanent injunctions included in the…

Episcopalians Seek Additional Protection for Church Property While on Appeal

On April 25, 2011 the Southern Cone Parties filed in the 141st District Court of Tarrant County a motion to set supersedeas bond at zero dollars ($). The Texas Rules of Appellate Procedure provides a remedy for a party that appeals a judgment to stop the implementation of the judgment, e.g. surrendering possession of property, against them if they post a bond or provide other protection to the winning party. The Southern Cone Parties seek a direct appeal to the…