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BNSF Railway Co. v. Phillips (Per Curiam)
Date: April 15, 2016
Docket Number: 14-0530

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff began working for BNSF Railway Company’s predecessor-in-interest in 1974 and, approximately five years later, began to ride on locomotives as a breakman. While riding on the locomotives, Plaintiff alleged that...

Greer v. Abraham (Opinion)
Date: April 15, 2016
Docket Number: 14-0669

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff, a public official, sued Defendants, a politically oriented blog and its executive director, for libel. The trial court dismissed the action under the Texas Citizens Participation Act, concluding that Plaintiff...

Sullivan v. Abraham (Opinion)
Date: April 15, 2016
Docket Number: 14-0987

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff sued Defendant for defamation. The trial court dismissed the suit under the Texas Citizens Participation Act, which provides for the award of attorney’s fees and expenses, as well as sanctions “sufficient to de...

Hallmark Marketing Co., LLC v. Hegar (Opinion)
Date: April 15, 2016
Docket Number: 14-1075

Justia Opinion Summary: The Texas Tax Code provides that “only the net gain” from the sale of investments should be included in a key component of the statutory franchise-tax formula. In implementing Texas’ statutory franchise-tax liability sch...

Wheelabrator Air Pollution Control, Inc. v. City of San Antonio (Opinion)
Date: April 15, 2016
Docket Number: 15-0029

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff entered into an agreement with Defendant, a municipality, to install pollution control equipment at a power plant. Plaintiff fully performed the agreement, but Defendant withheld the retainage from Plaintiff. C...

IN RE STATE OF TEXAS (Concurring)
Date: April 15, 2016
Docket Number: 15-0139

IN RE STATE OF TEXAS (Concurring)
Date: April 15, 2016
Docket Number: 15-0139

Caffe Ribs, Inc. v. State (Opinion)
Date: April 1, 2016
Docket Number: 14-0193

Justia Opinion Summary: Caffe Ribs, Inc. (Caffe) purchased condemned property that was contaminated. After the property was placed into the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality’s (TCEQ) Voluntary Cleanup Program, two of the property’s prev...

Campbell v. Wilder (Opinion)
Date: April 1, 2016
Docket Number: 14-0379

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioners were six individuals who sued for divorce in Tarrant County between 2008 and 2012. Petitioners filed uncontested affidavits of indigence in lieu of paying costs pursuant to Tex. R. Civ. P. 145, but Petitioner...

Houston Belt & Terminal Ry. Co. v. City of Houston (Opinion)
Date: April 1, 2016
Docket Number: 14-0459

Justia Opinion Summary: Shortly after the City of Houston enacted a drainage-free ordinance, Houston Belt & Terminal Railway, BNSF Railway, and Union Pacific Railway (collectively, the Railroads) received notices of proposed charges for their p...

Wasson Interests, Ltd. v. City of Jacksonville (Opinion)
Date: April 1, 2016
Docket Number: 14-0645

Justia Opinion Summary: In the 1990s, the Wassons assumed an existing ninety-nine-year lease of property owned by the City of Jacksonville that specified that the property was to be used for residential purposes only. In 2009, the Wassons conve...

Hegar v. Texas Small Tobacco Coalition (Opinion)
Date: April 1, 2016
Docket Number: 14-0747

Justia Opinion Summary: During nationwide tobacco litigation in the 1990s, the State individually settled its lawsuit against several of the largest tobacco companies over smoking-related Medicaid costs. In return for the manufacturers’ commitm...

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