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Shell Oil Co. v. Writt (Opinion)
Date: May 15, 2015
Docket Number: 13-0552

Justia Opinion Summary: After Shell Oil Company and Shell International, E&P, Inc. (collectively, Shell) received notice from the Department of Justice (DOJ) regarding possible violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act by one of its contr...

Phillips v. Carlton Energy Group, LLC (Opinion)
Date: May 8, 2015
Docket Number: 12-0255

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff and the main defendant (Defendant) both wanted an interest in a coalbed methane exploration prospect in Bulgaria. Plaintiff sued Defendant, alleging that Defendant obtained his interest by tortiously interferin...

Gharda USA, Inc. v. Control Solutions, Inc. (Opinion)
Date: May 8, 2015
Docket Number: 12-0987

Justia Opinion Summary: This case arose out of a warehouse fire in Pasadena, Texas. Plaintiffs, the company that leased the warehouse and the company that stored materials in the warehouse, sued Defendants, the suppliers of the chlorpyrifos tha...

Genie Industries, Inc. v. Matak (Opinion)
Date: May 8, 2015
Docket Number: 13-0042

Justia Opinion Summary: The users of an aerial lift supporting a worker forty feet in the air attempted to move the machine. The worker fell to the ground and died. This action for wrongful death and survivor damages ensued. Petitioner manufact...

Date: May 8, 2015
Docket Number: 13-0080

RSUI Indemnity Co. v. Lynd Co. (Opinion)
Date: May 8, 2015
Docket Number: 13-0080

Justia Opinion Summary: The insured in this case (Insured) managed the insurance needs of more than 100 commercial properties. Insured purchased an excess policy from Insurer. The excess insurance policy limited the coverage to “the least” of t...

Abutahoun v. Dow Chemical Co. (Opinion)
Date: May 8, 2015
Docket Number: 13-0175

Justia Opinion Summary: Robert Henderson, a pipeline insulation worker who had contracted mesothelioma, alleged that he was exposed to asbestos-containing products while working as an independent contractor at Dow Chemical Company’s facility. H...

City of Dallas v. TCI West End, Inc. (Per Curiam)
Date: May 8, 2015
Docket Number: 13-0795

Justia Opinion Summary: The City of Dallas sued TCI West End, Inc. for civil penalties under Tex. Loc. Gov’t Code 54.017, as authorized by section 54.012, asserting that TCI violated a city ordinance by demolishing a building located in a histo...

Ventling v. Johnson (Opinion)
Date: May 8, 2015
Docket Number: 14-0095

Justia Opinion Summary: When Wayne Ventling initiated divorce proceedings seeking to end a common-law marriage to Patricia Johnson the parties entered into an agreement that included contractual alimony payments to Johnson. Thereafter, Ventling...

Gonzalez v. Ramirez (Per Curiam)
Date: May 8, 2015
Docket Number: 14-0107

Justia Opinion Summary: Cuahutemoc Gonzalez contracted with several companies, including a company owned by Robert Garcia, to transport silage from a farm. Garcia brought to the farm a tandem truck and a new driver, Raymond Ramierz. During the...

In re Longview Energy Co. (Opinion)
Date: May 8, 2015
Docket Number: 14-0175

Justia Opinion Summary: To suspend execution of a money judgment on appeal, a judgment debtor must post security as required by Tex. Civ. Prac. & Rem. Code 52.006 and Tex. R. App. P. 24. The security must cover compensatory damages, interest, a...

Life Partners Holdings, Inc. v. State (Opinion)
Date: May 8, 2015
Docket Numbers: 14-0226, 14-0122

Justia Opinion Summary: At issue in these two separate cases was whether a life settlement agreement or viatical settlement agreement is an investment contract and thus a security under the Texas Securities Act. In one case, Plaintiffs filed a...

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