After even a few years of practice, most attorneys have experienced that case that really should only reach a trial after a preliminary legal issue is decided. It just seems that the expense and time for trial is wasteful if ultimately, the controlling issue on appeal is the preliminary question before ever touching on the factual dispute. But Texas attorneys have been perplexed and frustrated when a court of appeals simply denies hearing that very case through a permissive interlocutory appeal.
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