What does “pet. denied” mean?
The Texas Rules of Appellate Procedure were amended effective September 1, 1997 to provide for a party to seek Texas Supreme Court review by filing a “petition for review” instead of an “application for writ of error.” When a party files a petition for review and the Supreme Court decides not to grant review of the case, the petition has been denied. This is known as a “petition denied” case or a “pet. denied” case. When the Supreme Court denies a petition, the Supreme Court is not ruling that the court of appeals was right or wrong, but rather the Supreme Court is declining to review whether the court of appeals was right or wrong.