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Oncor Electric Delivery Co. v. Public Utility Commission of Texas (Opinion)  
Date: January 6, 2017
Docket Number: 15-0005

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2002, the Public Utilities Regulatory Act (PURA) implemented a competitive retail market for electricity in the Electric Reliability Council of Texas. Each incumbent, vertically integrated electric utility within the...

Denbury Green Pipeline-Texas, LLC v. Texas Rice Land Partners, Ltd. (Opinion)  
Date: January 6, 2017
Docket Number: 15-0225

Justia Opinion Summary: Denbury Green Pipeline-Texas, LLC was formed to build and operate a carbon dioxide pipeline known as “the Green Line” as a common carrier in Texas. Denbury Green filed a permit application with the Texas Railroad Commis...

Byrdson Services, LLC v. South East Texas Regional Planning Commission (Opinion)  
Date: December 23, 2016
Docket Number: 15-0158

Justia Opinion Summary: This case involved a contract dispute between a local governmental entity that oversaw federal funded rebuilding projects in areas of Texas that were struck by Hurricane Ike and a construction contractor. After a dispute...

4Front Engineered Solutions, Inc. v. Rosales (Opinion)  
Date: December 23, 2016
Docket Number: 15-0298

Justia Opinion Summary: A subcontractor sued a premises owner for personal injuries the subcontractor suffered while working with a contractor on the owner’s premises. A jury found that the owner, contractor, and subcontractor all negligently c...

Laverie v. Wetherbe (Opinion)  
Date: December 9, 2016
Docket Number: 15-0217

Justia Opinion Summary: James Wetherbe, a Texas Tech professor and associate dean, filed a defamation action against Debra Laverie, a colleague, after Wetherbe was passed over for promotion. Laverie filed a motion for summary judgment, arguing...

In re Guardianship of Ryan Keith Tonner (Opinion)  
Date: December 2, 2016
Docket Number: 14-0940

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2003, the county court appointed Beatriz Burton guardian of the person and estate of Ryan Keith Tonner, who was incapacitated due to an intellectual disability. Burton died in 2007. In 2012, guardianship was transferr...

In re Red Dot Building System, Inc. (Opinion)  
Date: December 2, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1007

Justia Opinion Summary: Rigney Construction & Development, LLC contracted with Red Dot Building System, Inc. for a portion of a school construction project. A dispute arose as to the scope of the work Red Dot was to perform under the contract....

Ransom v. Eaton (Opinion)  
Date: December 2, 2016
Docket Number: 16-0079

Justia Opinion Summary: Jeanne Ransom sued dentist Jeanine Eaton, alleging that Eaton extracted two teeth in addition to the nine agreed on in a treatment plan. Ransom served Eaton with the required pre-suit notice and included an export report...

North Shore Energy, L.L.C. v. Harkins (Opinion)  
Date: October 28, 2016
Docket Number: 14-0552

Justia Opinion Summary: At issue in this case was the interpretation a land description in an option contract between Landowners and an oil and gas company (Company). Landowners argued that the description excluded a 400-acre tract. Company arg...

In re National Lloyds Insurance Co. (Opinion)  
Date: October 28, 2016
Docket Number: 15-0452

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs, who owned insurance policies with National Lloyds Insurance Company, filed independent lawsuits against National Lloyds, claiming they were underpaid on claims following two hail storms in Hidalgo County. The...

Southwest Royalties, Inc. v. Hegar (Corrected)  
Date: October 21, 2016
Docket Number: 14-0743

Justia Opinion Summary: Southwest Royalties, Inc, an oil and gas exploration company, filed a tax refund claim with the Comptroller asserting that its purchases of casing, tubing, other well equipment, and associated services were exempt from s...

In re Carolyn Frost Keenan (Per Curiam)  
Date: September 30, 2016
Docket Number: 15-0777

Justia Opinion Summary: Homeowners’ association River Oaks Property Owners, Inc. (ROPO) sued homeowner Carolyn Keenan seeking an injunction requiring Keenan to remove improvements that allegedly violated a limit on impervious cover. The limit w...

In re City of Dallas (Per Curiam)  
Date: September 30, 2016
Docket Number: 15-0794

Justia Opinion Summary: The City of Corsicana, Navarro County, and Navarro College (collectively, Navarro) filed a Tex. R. Civ. P. 202 petition in the county court of Navarro County to investigate a potential tortious interference claim against...

In re Norma Heredia (Per Curiam)  
Date: September 30, 2016
Docket Number: 16-0270

Justia Opinion Summary: Norma Heredia filed a personal injury claim against Wal-Mart Stores, Texas. The trial court granted Wal-Mart’s motion for no-evidence summary judgment. Heredia then filed a notice of appeal and an affidavit of indigence...

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