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Click here for the full text of this decision FACTS:Jerry Gantt (Jerry) and Carol Gantt (Carol) were married in 1966, and Jerry filed for divorce in 1995. The trial court entered a divorce decree on Oct. 30, 1996 (the 1996 decree) pursuant to the jury’s findings but dismissed Carol’s claims against Lisa Gantt (Lisa) for fraudulent transfer and civil conspiracy (arising from an alleged diversion of community funds by Jerry to Lisa). Carol filed a motion for new trial Nov. 4, 1996, but Jerry filed a Chapter 7 bankruptcy petition Nov. 5, 1996, and the bankruptcy court lifted the resulting stay March 28, 1997. On May 15, 1997, Carol filed a motion for modification or clarification of judgment and restated motion for new trial, which the trial court overruled by order dated June 4, 1997. On that same day, Carol filed a notice of (limited) appeal. On August 12, 1999, the Corpus Christi Court of Appeals affirmed the 1996 decree but reversed the dismissal of Carol’s conspiracy claim and remanded that portion of the case. However, July 12, 2000, the trial court entered an order vacating the 1996 decree, and March 31, 2003, the trial court entered the 2003 judgment following a jury trial. The parties appeal and cross-appeal. HOLDING:The court dismisses this appeal for lack of jurisdiction and orders that the 2003 judgment be vacated and the 1996 decree be reinstated as the final judgment in this case. Jerry and Lisa contend that Carol did not timely perfect her appeal of the 1996 decree, because she failed to file her notice of that appeal within 30 days after the bankruptcy stay was lifted, as required by 11 U.S.C. �108(c). Therefore, Jerry and Lisa claim that the Corpus Christi Court of Appeals, the trial court on remand and retrial, and this court all lack jurisdiction over this case. Carol argues that her appeal of the 1996 decree was timely, because �108(c) tolled the time limit for perfecting the appeal. By its express terms, �108(c) tolls no time limits but provides only for some deadlines to be extended for 30 days after notice of the termination of a bankruptcy stay. Beyond this, a time period may be further suspended only if mandated by other federal or state law incorporated through �108(c). Section 108(c) anticipates and provides for the expiration of periods for commencing or continuing civil actions during bankruptcy stays; and an interpretation of that section as tolling such periods would render its 30 day extension of time largely meaningless, the court states. The court finds no authority that �108(c) tolls post-judgment or appellate timetables. Other Texas appeals courts have held that �108(c) does not do so (but provides only a residuary 30-day extension of time). In this case, from the time the bankruptcy petition was filed in November 1996 until the stay was lifted March 28, 1997, all remaining post-judgment time periods (relevant to this appeal) had expired. When the stay was then lifted, �108(c)(2) gave Carol another 30 days (until April 27, 1997) to either perfect her appeal or take such other action to continue the lawsuit as for which the time period had not expired Nov. 5, 1996 when the stay commenced. Because she failed to take any such action within that 30-day period, her subsequent filings in the trial court did not extend the time for perfecting appeal, and her notice of appeal was not timely and did not invoke the jurisdiction of the Corpus Christi Court of Appeals. For the same reason, the trial court lacked jurisdiction to vacate the 1996 decree, retry the case, and enter the 2003 decree, and this court lacks jurisdiction to address an appeal of that judgment. OPINION:Edelman, J.; Hedges, C.J., Edelman and Seymore, JJ.

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