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Town of Dish v. Atmos Energy Corp. (Opinion)  
Date: May 19, 2017
Docket Number: 15-0613

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioners, energy companies, owned four natural gas compressor stations and a metering station outside the town of Dish. In 2011, the town and eighteen of its residents sued the energy companies, alleging trespass and...

Lightning Oil Co. v. Anadarko E&P Onshore, LLC (Opinion)  
Date: May 19, 2017
Docket Number: 15-0910

Justia Opinion Summary: Respondent was a party to an oil and gas lease that restricted its use of the surface estate and required it to drill from off-site locations when feasible. Briscoe Ranch, Inc. owed an adjacent surface estate and agreed...

Honorable Mark Henry v. Honorable Lonnie Cox (Opinion)  
Date: May 19, 2017
Docket Number: 15-0993

Justia Opinion Summary: Galveston County Commissioners Court may set a salary range for a county judicial employee while letting Galveston County district judges decide if compensation within that range is reasonable. While the judicial branch...

Pinto Technology Ventures, LP v. Sheldon (Opinion)  
Date: May 19, 2017
Docket Number: 16-0007

Justia Opinion Summary: Certain minority shareholders filed suit in a Texas court alleging dilution of equity interests. Defendants responded by invoking a forum-selection clause designating Delaware as the proper forum for disputes arising out...

Bankdirect Capital Finance, LLC v. Plasma Fab, LLC (Opinion)  
Date: May 12, 2017
Docket Number: 15-0635

Justia Opinion Summary: Plasma Fab, LLC obtained a general liability insurance policy from Scottsdale Insurance Company and financed the policy with BankDirect Capital Finance, LLC. The agreement between BankDirect and Plasma Fab granted BankDi...

University of the Incarnate Word v. Redus (Opinion)  
Date: May 12, 2017
Docket Number: 15-0732

Justia Opinion Summary: At issue was whether a private university that operates a state-authorized police department is a “governmental unit” for purposes of Tex. Civ. Prac. & Rem. Code 51.014(a)(8), which provides for an interlocutory appeal f...

Loya v. Loya (Opinion)  
Date: May 12, 2017
Docket Number: 15-0763

Justia Opinion Summary: At issue in this family law dispute was whether a mediated settlement agreement (MSA) entered into the parties after nearly two years of divorce proceedings partitioned a discretionary employee bonus Husband received nin...

Shields Limited Partnership v. Bradeberry (Opinion)  
Date: May 12, 2017
Docket Number: 15-0803

Justia Opinion Summary: Waiver of a nonwaiver provision cannot be anchored in the same conduct the parties specifically agreed would not give rise to a waiver of contract rights. The long-term tenant in this forcible-detainer action frequently...

First Bank v. Brumitt (Opinion)  
Date: May 12, 2017
Docket Number: 15-0844

Justia Opinion Summary: A plaintiff who was not a party to a written contract was not permitted to enforce the agreement as a third-party beneficiary. DTSG, Ltd. filed suit against First Bank. Richard Brumitt intervened as an additional plaint...

Green v. Dallas County Schools (Per Curiam)  
Date: May 12, 2017
Docket Number: 16-0214

Justia Opinion Summary: Paul Green, a former bus monitor for Dallas County Schools (DCS), was terminated because he admitted to “urinating on [himself] and in a water bottle while onboard [a] school bus[.]” Green filed this lawsuit, alleging th...

Harris County Appraisal District v. Texas Workforce Commission (Opinion)  
Date: May 12, 2017
Docket Number: 16-0346

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court held that several members of the Harris County Appraisal Review Board were presently or formerly employed by the Harris County Appraisal District (HCAD) under provisions of the Texas Unemployment Compen...

Ad Villarai, LLC v. Pak (Per Curiam)  
Date: May 12, 2017
Docket Number: 16-0373

Justia Opinion Summary: At issue was whether a newly-elected district court judge or the former judge he or she replaced may file findings of fact following a bench trial over which the former judge presided before his or her term expired. The...

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