High Court Re-Hears Arguments in Open Beaches Case

, Texas Lawyer


The Texas Supreme Court on April 19 re-heard oral arguments in Severance v. Patterson, a case pitting private property rights against the state's enforcement of the public's right to free beach access. In its November 2010 opinion, a 6-2 court held that Texas does not recognize a public easement that automatically moves far inland after storms decimate large swaths of coastline. However, the high court subsequently granted the state's motion for rehearing. Dave Breemer represents Carol Severance.

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