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USAA Texas Lloyds Co. v. Menchaca (Opinion)  
Date: April 7, 2017
Docket Number: 14-0721

Justia Opinion Summary: After Hurricane Ike struck Galveston island, Insured contracted her Insurer and reported that the storm had damaged her home. Insurer determined that its policy covered some of the damage but declined to pay Insured bene...

Laverie v. Wetherbe (Opinion)  
Date: April 7, 2017
Docket Number: 15-0217

Justia Opinion Summary: Respondent, a Texas Tech professor and associate dean, sued Petitioner, a colleague, for defamation after he was passed over for promotion. Petitioner filed a motion for summary judgment, arguing that the Tort Claims Act...

Denbury Green Pipeline-Texas, LLC v. Texas Rice Land Partners, Ltd. (Revision)  
Date: April 7, 2017
Docket Number: 15-0225

Justia Opinion Summary: T-4 permit to Denbury Green Pipeline-Texas, LLC to obtain common-carrier status, which would give it eminent domain authority pursuant to the Natural Resources Code. Denbury Green, which was formed to build and operate a...

Engelman Irrigation District v. Shields Brothers, Inc. (Opinion)  
Date: March 17, 2017
Docket Number: 15-0188

Justia Opinion Summary: In 1992, Shields Brothers, Inc. sued the Engelman Irrigation District, a governmental entity, alleging that Engelman had breached a contract to deliver water to Shields. Engelman alleged in its defense that it had gover...

First United Pentecostal Church of Beaumont v. Parker (Opinion)  
Date: March 17, 2017
Docket Number: 15-0708

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Pentecostal Church of Beaumont entrusted over one million dollars for safekeeping to The Lamb Law Firm, P.C., and the firm deposited the money into its trust account. In just over one year, the church’s money w...

D Magazine Partners, L.P. v. Rosenthal (Opinion)  
Date: March 17, 2017
Docket Number: 15-0790

Justia Opinion Summary: D Magazine published an article that identified Janay Rosenthal as someone who “has figured out how to get food stamps while living in the lap of luxury.” Rosenthal sued D Magazine for defamation and other causes of acti...

M&F Worldwide Corp. v. Pepsi-Cola Metropolitan Bottling Co. (Opinion)  
Date: March 3, 2017
Docket Number: 15-0083

Justia Opinion Summary: Several related nonresident corporate defendants entered into an agreement with Texas companies to settle a New York lawsuit. In the underlying suit, Plaintiff, a nonresident, alleged that, by virtue of the settlement ag...

BP America Production Co. v. Laddex, Ltd. (Opinion)  
Date: March 3, 2017
Docket Number: 15-0248

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case the trial court entered judgment terminating a bottom lease based on jury findings that the lease failed to produce in paying quantities over a specified period of time. The court of appeals reversed and rem...

Levinson Alcoser Associates, L.P. v. El Pistolon II, Ltd. (Opinion)  
Date: February 24, 2017
Docket Number: 15-0232

Justia Opinion Summary: Landowner hired Architects to design a commercial retail project and oversee construction. Landowner subsequently sued, alleging breach of contract and negligence in the project’s design and negligence. With its original...

ExxonMobil Corp. v. Lazy R Ranch, LP (Opinion)  
Date: February 24, 2017
Docket Number: 15-0270

Justia Opinion Summary: ExxonMobile Corporation conducted oil and gas drilling and production operations on the Lazy R Ranch for nearly sixty years. After ExxonMobil sold its operations, the Ranch filed suit, claiming soil and groundwater conta...

Texas State Board of Examiners of Marriage & Family Therapists v. Texas Medical Ass’n (Opinion)  
Date: February 24, 2017
Docket Number: 15-0299

Justia Opinion Summary: In 1994, the Texas State Board of Examiners of Marriage and Family Therapists (the Therapists Board) adopted a rule listing specific therapeutic services that licensed marriage and family therapists (MFTs) may provide. A...

Great American Insurance Co. v. Primo (Opinion)  
Date: February 24, 2017
Docket Number: 15-0317

Justia Opinion Summary: Before resigning his director and treasurer positions with Briar Green, Robert Primo wrote himself two checks from Briar Green’s account totaling approximately $100,000. Briar Green made a claim for the alleged loss with...

B.C. v. Steak N Shake Operations, Inc. (Opinion)  
Date: February 24, 2017
Docket Number: 15-0404

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff filed a complaint against her former employer (Defendant), claiming assault, sexual assault, and battery, among other causes of action. Defendant moved for summary judgment on all claims, arguing, in part, that...

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