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In re Exxon Mobil Corp.

Court: Supreme Court of Texas

Docket: 20-0849

Opinion Date: November 19, 2021

Judge: Per Curiam

Areas of Law: Personal Injury

The Supreme Court conditionally granted mandamus relief and ordered the trial court to vacate its order denying ExxonMobil’s discovery requests, holding that the trial court abused its discretion in that ExxonMobil lacked an adequate remedy on appeal.

Nearly sixty plaintiffs sued ExxonMobil seeking millions of dollars in reimbursement for past medical expenses arising from a fire and explosion at ExxonMobil’s Baytown Olefins Plant. During discover, ExxonMobil sought discovery of the services Plaintiffs received from certain medical providers. The trial court denied ExxonMobil’s ensuing motion to enforce its requested discovery and granted Plaintiffs’ motions for protection. ExxonMobil subsequently sought mandamus relief. The Supreme Court granted the requested relief, holding that because the trial court abused its discretion by denying ExxonMobil’s discovery requests and ExxonMobil had no appellate remedy, ExxonMobil was entitled to mandamus relief.

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