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KERR-MCGEE CORP. v. HELTON, 02-0356

Expert testimony regarding damages - though properly based on the amount of gas that a hypothetical, timely drilled well would have produced - is unreliable and is therefore no evidence. Because defendants failed to present any competent evidence on an essential element of their cause of action, they take nothing.

Appellate Information

  • Argued 01/22/2003
  • Decided 01/30/2004
  • Published 01/30/2004

Judges

  • Justice SMITH delivered the opinion of the Court, in which Chief Justice PHILLIPS, Justice HECHT, Justice OWEN, Justice JEFFERSON, Justice SCHNEIDER, Justice WAINWRIGHT, and Justice BRISTER joined.

Court

  • Supreme Court of Texas

Counsel

  • For Appellant:
  • J. Harrell Feldt,Vinson & Elkins, Houston, S. Tom Morris, Underwood Wilson Berry Stein & Johnson, P.C., Amarillo, for petitioner.

  • For Appellees:
  • Robert D. Lemon, Guy Kelly Cooksey, Otis C. Shearer, Lemon Shearer Phillips & Good, P.C., Perryton, for respondent.
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