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King Street Patriots v. Texas Democratic Party (Opinion)  
Date: June 30, 2017
Docket Number: 15-0320

Justia Opinion Summary: The Texas Democratic Party sued King Street Patriots (Defendant) alleging noncompliance with Election Code provisions imposing restraints and obligations on “political committees” and corporations. Defendant, in turn, ar...

Pidgeon v. Turner (Opinion)  
Date: June 30, 2017
Docket Number: 15-0688

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2013, the Mayor of Houston directed that same-sex spouses of employees who have been legally married in another jurisdiction be afforded the same benefits as spouses of a heterosexual marriage. Plaintiffs, Houston tax...

United Scaffolding, Inc. v. Levine (Opinion)  
Date: June 30, 2017
Docket Number: 15-0921

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff filed suit against Defendant, the company that constructed a scaffold from which Defendant fell, claiming that Defendant improperly constructed the scaffold and failed to remedy or warn of the dangerous conditi...

Hersh v. Tatum (Opinion)  
Date: June 30, 2017
Docket Number: 16-0096

Justia Opinion Summary: A defendant may obtain dismissal of a suit under the Texas Citizens Participation Act alleging “a communication made in connection with a matter of public concern” even if the defendant denies making such communication....

Noble Energy, Inc. v. Conocophillips Co. (Opinion)  
Date: June 23, 2017
Docket Number: 15-0502

Justia Opinion Summary: ConocoPhillips Co. and Alma Energy Corp. exchanged oil and gas interests under an exchange agreement in which each indemnified the other for any environmental claims related to the properties received. Alma later filed f...

Pagayon v. Exxon Mobil Corp. (Opinion)  
Date: June 23, 2017
Docket Number: 15-0642

Justia Opinion Summary: The employer under the circumstances of this case had no duty to control its employees. J.R.and Carlos worked as cashiers at a convenience store owned by Exxon Mobile Corporation. One evening, Carlos picked a fistfight...

Samson Exploration, LLC v. T.S. Reed Properties, Inc. (Opinion)  
Date: June 23, 2017
Docket Number: 15-0886

Justia Opinion Summary: In this dispute involving mineral interests pooled for natural gas production, lessors and other stakeholders alleged that the lessee underpaid royalties owed to them under their mineral leases and pooling agreements. Th...

Wenske v. Ealy (Opinion)  
Date: June 23, 2017
Docket Number: 16-0353

Justia Opinion Summary: In construing an unambiguous deed, the parties’ intent is paramount, and that intent is determined by conducting a careful and detailed examination of a deed in its entirety rather than applying some default rule that ap...

Great American Insurance Co. v. Hamel (Opinion)  
Date: June 16, 2017
Docket Number: 14-1007

Justia Opinion Summary: Homeowners sued Builder for failing to construct their home in a good and workmanlike manner. Builder’s commercial general liability insurer (Insurer) refused to defend Builder in the suit. Judgment was granted in favor...

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