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In re Corral-Lerma (Per Curiam)
Date: November 21, 2014
Docket Number: 12-0485

Justia Opinion Summary: Teresa Corral-Lerma sued Border Demolition and Environmental, Inc. under the Texas Theft Liability Act. Border Demolition counterclaimed for attorney’s fees under the same Act. The trial court granted summary judgment in...

Tex. Comm’n on Envtl. Quality (Per Curiam)
Date: November 21, 2014
Docket Number: 13-0094

Justia Opinion Summary: Rosaena Resendez was fired from her position at the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) after she reported alleged wrongdoing to supervisors within the organization and to the office of a state senator. Rese...

Damuth v. Trinity Valley Cmty. College (Per Curiam)
Date: November 21, 2014
Docket Number: 13-0815

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner had a one-year contract to serve as the head women’s basketball coach and a professor with Trinity Valley Community College (TVCC), a local governmental entity. Five months into the contract, TVCC fired Petiti...

EL PASO MARKETING, L.P. v. WOLF HOLLOW I, L.P. (Per Curiam)
Date: November 21, 2014
Docket Number: 13-0816

El Paso Marketing, L.P. v. Wolf Hollow I, L.P. (Per Curiam)
Date: November 21, 2014
Docket Number: 13-0816

Justia Opinion Summary: El Paso Marketing, L.P. provided gas for a power plant owned by Wolf Hollow I, L.P. The gas was transported to the plant through a pipeline owned by Enterprise Texas Pipeline LLC. El Paso sued Wolf Hollow, and Wolf Hollo...

In re Essex Ins. Co. (Per Curiam)
Date: November 21, 2014
Docket Number: 13-1006

Justia Opinion Summary: “In Texas, the general rule…is that an injured party cannot sue the tortfeasor’s insurer directly until the tortfeasor’s liability has been finally determined by agreement or judgment.” Plaintiff sued San Diego Tortilla...

In re Nat’l Lloyds Ins. Co. (Per Curiam)
Date: October 31, 2014
Docket Number: 13-0761

Justia Opinion Summary: Mary Erving filed suit against National Lloyds Insurance Company, alleging that National Lloyds had underpaid her insurance claims. During discovery, Erving requested production of all claims from the previous six years...

Ford Motor Co. v. Castillo (Per Curiam)
Date: October 3, 2014
Docket Number: 13-0158

Justia Opinion Summary: Ezequiel Castillo and other occupants of his Ford Explorer sued Ford Motor Company for injuries sustained in a roll-over accident, asserting design defects in the Explorer. During the jury’s deliberations, Ford Motor Com...

Pike-Grant v. Grant (Per Curiam)
Date: October 3, 2014
Docket Number: 13-0277

Justia Opinion Summary: Husband filed for divorce from Wife in 2009. The first recital in the divorce decree indicated that the hearing resulting in the judgment occurred in November 2011 and that Wife attended the hearing. Another recital in t...

Hamrick v. Ward (Opinion)
Date: August 29, 2014
Docket Number: 12-0348

Justia Opinion Summary: Respondents claimed that a road that was necessary for access to the party’s landlocked, previously unified parcel was a prior use easement. The trial court granted summary judgment for Respondents, finding they conclusi...

Burbage v. Burbage (Opinion)
Date: August 29, 2014
Docket Number: 12-0563

Justia Opinion Summary: W. Kirk Burbage (Kirk) and the Burbage Funeral Home sued Allan Chadwick Burbage (Chad), Kirk’s brother, for defamation after Chad created a website to air his grievances with Kirk and sent letters to family friends conta...

HIGHLAND HOMES LTD. v. THE STATE OF TEXAS (Dissenting)
Date: August 29, 2014
Docket Number: 12-0604

Highland Homes Ltd. v. State (Opinion)
Date: August 29, 2014
Docket Number: 12-0604

Justia Opinion Summary: Two subcontractors employed by Petitioner, a homebuilder, asserted claims on behalf of a class of subcontractors whose pay Petitioner had docked when the subcontractors did not furnish proof of adequate general liability...

Nath v. Tex. Children’s Hosp. (Opinion)
Date: August 29, 2014
Docket Number: 12-0620

Justia Opinion Summary: This suit was between a physician and other medical providers. Finding that Plaintiff-physician filed baseless pleadings in bad faith and with an improper purpose, the trial court imposed sanctions in excess of one milli...

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