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Request for New Trial in Citywide Sale of Beer, Wine

Request for New Trial in Citywide Sale of Beer, Wine

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Filed11September19P4:32
Gary
RtzsimmonsDistrictClerkDaJlasDistrict
CAUSENO.10-14835-MMARCUSWOOD,ContestantandPlaintiff,vs.ROSARIOS,CitySecretary,andMIKERAWLINGS,MayorandCityCouncilman,ContesteesandDefendants.
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INTHEDISTRICTCOURTOFOFDALLASCOUNTY,TEXAS298
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JUDICIALDISTRICTCONTESTANT'SMOTIONFORRECONSIDERATIONORNEWTRIALTOTHEHONORABLEJUDGEOFSAIDCOURT:Contestant,MarcusWood("Wood"),filesthisMotionforReconsiderationorNewTrial,andwouldrespectfullyshowtheCourtasfollows:1.OnSeptember2,2011,theCourtheardandgrantedConstesteesandIntervenors'MotionforSummaryJudgment(the
"MSJ").
WoodseeksreconsiderationoftheCourt'sSeptember2,2011,OrdergrantingtheMSJandanewtrial.2.ThecontrollingissuesbeforetheCourtonsummaryjudgmentwerewhethertheDallasCitySecretarymadeamistakeincertifyingthatasufficientnumberofqualifiedvoterssignedthepetitiontolegalizethesaleofbeerandwineintheCityofDallastocallalocaloptionelectiononthepetitionandwhetherthereweresufficientsignatures.3.Factissuesexistedthatshouldhaveprecludedsummaryjudgment.
CONTESTANT'SMOTIONFORRECONSIDERATIONORNEWTRIAL-Page-1
 
(A)
CONTESTEESANDINTERVENORSDIDNOTESTABLISHTHEIRRIGHTTOSUMMARYJUDGMENTANDTHEBURDENOFPRODUCINGSUMMARYJUDGMENTEVIDENCETORAISEAFACTISSUENEVERSHIFTEDTOCONTESTANT
4.Themovantforsummaryjudgmenthastheburdenofshowing(1)thatthereisnogenuineissueofmaterialfactand(2)thatthemovantisentitledtosummaryjudgmentasamatteroflaw.TEX.
R.
Cry.P.
166A(C);
ProvidentLife
&
Ace.Ins.Co.v.Knott,
128S.W.2d211,215-216(Tex.2003).Whenthemovantdoesnotmeetitsburdenofproof,theburdendoesnotshifttothenonmovant.
M.D.AndersonHosp.
&
TumorInst.
v.
Willrich,
28S.W.3d22,23(Tex.2000);
CityofHouston
D.
ClearCreekBasinAuth.,589
S.W.2d671,678(Tex.1979).Theburdenshiftstothenonmovantonlyafterthemovanthasestablishedthatitisentitledtosummaryjudgmentasamatteroflaw.
Casso
v.
Brand,
776S.W.2d551,556(Tex.1989).5.Indecidingwhetherthereisadisputedmaterialfactissue,evidencefavorabletothenon-movantmustbetakenastrue.
Nixon
v.
Mr.PropertyManagementCo.,
690S.W.2d546,548(Tex.1985.).Everyreasonableinferencemustbeindulgedinfavorofthenon-movantandanydoubtsmustberesolvedinthenon-movant'sfavor.
Montgomeryv.Kennedy,
669S.W.2d309,310-311(Tex.1984).6.ConstesteesandIntervenorsreliedonthefollowingevidencetoestablishtheirrighttosummaryjudgment:(a)69,702numbercertifiedbytheCitySecretary
(see
Motion,p.10andcitationtoApp'x12;App'x23-25;App'x26-31;Motion,p.13andcitationtoApp'x12-13;23-31;andEx.5toMotion);
CONTESTANT'SMOTIONFORRECONSIDERATIONORNEWTRIAL-Page-2
 
(b)
"over
3,000validsignaturesonthepetitionthattheCitySecretarydidnotcount"
(see
Motion,p.15andcitationtoApp'x26-31,320-322);and(c)72,534numbertestifiedtobyHeidiVerougstraete
(see
App'xatp.5ge).7.However,ContesteesandIntervenors'ownMotioncreatesafactissueonthenumberofqualifiedvoterssigningthepetitionbecauseContesteesandIntervenorsplacedintherecordevidencethatiscontradictoryonthenumberofvalidpetitionsignatures.Inadditiontoofferingthreedifferentnumbersto"establish"thattherewereatleast68,462validsignatures,69,702,72,702and72,534,ConstesteesandIntervenorsplacedintherecordevidencethatTracyTaylorofTaylorPetitionManagementdeterminedthattherewereonly63,291validsignaturesandthattheCitySecretary'scertifiednumber,69,702,shouldbereducedby3,804signatures.BothofTaylor'sopinionsarebelowthethresholdof68,462.ByofferingthecompetingnumbersoftheCitySecretary,HeidiVerougstraeteandTracyTaylor,ContesteesandIntervenors'createdafactissueonthecorrectnumberofvalidsignaturesonthepetition.8.Exhibit30totheMotionwas
Contestant'sSecondSupplementalResponsetoRequestforDisclosure,
whichdisclosedthatTaylordeterminedthat"thenumberofsignaturesofregisteredvotersoftheCityofDallaswhosesignaturecouldbecountedunderTexaselectionlawswas55,304andapossible7,987moreifeveryquestionableorout-of-countysignaturewasdeemedvalid,foratotalof63,291signatures."
See
App'xp.309.TheDisclosurealsostatedthatTaylordeterminedthat3,804ofthesignaturesthat
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