Supreme Court of Texas Decisions 2012

El Paso Field Servs., L.P. v. MasTec N.A., Inc.  
Date: December 21, 2012
Docket Number: 10-0648

Justia Opinion Summary: A pipeline owner (Owner) purchased sixty-eight mile-long pipeline constructed in the 1940s and made plans to remove the old pipeline and construct a new one that would carry butane. Owner awarded Contractor the contract...

City of Houston v. Estate of Jones  
Date: December 21, 2012
Docket Number: 10-0755

Justia Opinion Summary: Respondent sued the City of Houston. After an attempted settlement, Respondent asserted that the City breached the settlement agreement. The City filed a plea to the jurisdiction, which the trial court denied. The court...

IN RE CARRIE DEAN
Date: December 21, 2012
Docket Number: 11-0891
In re Dean  
Date: December 21, 2012
Docket Number: 11-0891

Justia Opinion Summary: After Mother became pregnant with Father's child, Mother moved from Texas to New Mexico, where she lived with Child since his birth. Father filed for divorce and subsequently filed a petition requesting shared custody an...

Natural Gas Pipeline of Am. v. Justiss  
Date: December 14, 2012
Docket Number: 10-0451

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioners, several homeowners, filed an action against a gas company, alleging that noise and odor emanating from the company's compressor station caused a permanent nuisance. The company responded by asserting that be...

DeLeon v. Royal Indem. Co.  
Date: November 16, 2012
Docket Number: 10-0319

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner suffered an injury while in the course and scope of his employment. The employer's workers' compensation insurance carrier paid medical benefits but contested the extent of Petitioner's entitlement to impairm...

Tex. Dep't of Transp. v. Perches  
Date: November 16, 2012
Docket Number: 11-0437

Justia Opinion Summary: This special defect case involved a concrete guardrail. Jose Perches was killed while navigating an underpass. Perches's parents sued the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT). The trial court denied TxDOT's immunit...

State v. NICO-WF1, LLC  
Date: November 2, 2012
Docket Number: 11-0312

Justia Opinion Summary: This appeal questioned the validity of certain conditions a grantor placed on a dedicated public-street easement. The easement in question provided for a 100-foot-wide public right of way, but the instrument dedicating t...

Tex. Mut. Ins. Co. v. Morris  
Date: October 26, 2012
Docket Number: 09-0495

Justia Opinion Summary: Respondent injured his back while working, and his employer's workers' compensation insurer, Texas Mutual Insurance Company (TMIC), accepted the injury as compensable. Three years later when it was discovered that Respon...

W. Hardin County Consol. Indep. Sch. Dist. v. Poole  
Date: October 26, 2012
Docket Number: 11-0362

Justia Opinion Summary: A school district (District) obtained an in rem delinquent property tax judgment against an oil and gas lease that Respondent owned and operated. Respondent did not appeal, and the District foreclosed its judgment lien o...

Milestone Operating, Inc. v. ExxonMobil Corp.  
Date: October 26, 2012
Docket Number: 11-0647

Justia Opinion Summary: This appeal arose from a suit by ExxonMobil Corporation against DSTJ, LLP and Milestone Operating, Inc. (collectively Milestone). After Milestone failed to answer, ExxonMobil obtained a default judgment. Milestone appeal...

Morris v. Houston Indep. Sch. Dist.  
Date: October 26, 2012
Docket Number: 11-0650

Justia Opinion Summary: At issue in this case was whether taxpayers who were sued for nonpayment of property taxes lost their entitlement to contest liability based on non-ownership when the taxing authorities non-suited after the taxpayers pai...

Tex. Dep't of Criminal Justice v. Campos  
Date: October 26, 2012
Docket Number: 11-0728

Justia Opinion Summary: The Texas Department of Criminal Justice Community Justice Assistance Division (TDCJ) brought this interlocutory appeal from the denial of its plea to the jurisdiction as to claims for damages related to actions of two c...

Rancho La Valencia, Inc. v. Aquaplex, Inc.  
Date: October 26, 2012
Docket Number: 12-0038

Justia Opinion Summary: This case was before the Supreme Court a second time and concerned a business dispute between Rancho La Valencia, Inc. and Aquaplex, Inc. In the earlier appeal, the Court held that the evidence of fraudulent intent by Ra...

In re State Farm Lloyds Hurricane Litig.  
Date: October 22, 2012
Docket Number: 12-0156

Justia Opinion Summary: At issue in this case was whether a non-hurricane windstorm case could be joined as a tag-along to a previously created pre-trial Hurricane Ike multidistrict litigation (MDL) court. A single pretrial judge remanded this...

IN RE NESTLE USA, INC.
Date: October 19, 2012
Docket Number: 12-0518
In re Nestle USA, Inc.  
Date: October 19, 2012
Docket Number: 12-0518

Justia Opinion Summary: Since first imposing a franchise tax in 1893, the Legislature restructured it several times, drawing various distinctions among taxpayers with adjustments, deductions, and exemptions that became elaborate. Petitioner in...

In re E.N.C.  
Date: October 12, 2012
Docket Number: 11-0713

Justia Opinion Summary: A court cannot terminate a person's rights unless the State proves by clear and convincing evidence that the parent engaged in certain proscribed conduct, as specified in the Family Code, and that termination is in the b...

Shook v. Gray  
Date: October 5, 2012
Docket Number: 11-0155

Justia Opinion Summary: G.W., David Gray and Lucy Wood's nine-year-old daughter, had lived with her maternal grandmother, Ann Shook, for her entire life. The trial court appointed Shook as G.W.'s sole managing conservator and named Gray and Woo...

CITY OF AUSTIN v. HARRY M. WHITTINGTON, ET AL.
Date: August 31, 2012
Docket Number: 10-0316
City of Austin v. Whittington  
Date: August 31, 2012
Docket Number: 10-0316

Justia Opinion Summary: This was an appeal from the City of Austin's condemnation of property to build a parking garage for a nearby convention center and a facility to chill water to cool nearby buildings. A jury found the City's determination...

PRAIRIE VIEW A&M UNIVERSITY v. DILJIT K. CHATHA
Date: August 31, 2012
Docket Number: 10-0353
Prairie View A&M Univ. v. Chatha  
Date: August 31, 2012
Docket Number: 10-0353

Justia Opinion Summary: Respondent, a professor at Prairie View A&M University, filed a complaint with the EEOC and the Texas Workforce Commission civil rights division (TWC), alleging race and nationality-based pay discrimination, about two ye...

Hearts Bluff Game Ranch, Inc. v. State  
Date: August 31, 2012
Docket Number: 10-0491

Justia Opinion Summary: As tasked by the Legislature, the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) identified potential reservoir sites. Hearts Bluff Game Ranch, Inc. purchased some of the wetlands on one of the sites identified by the TWDB as a po...

In re United Scaffolding, Inc.  
Date: August 31, 2012
Docket Number: 10-0526

Justia Opinion Summary: In Plaintiff's negligence against United Scaffolding, a jury assigned fifty-one percent responsibility for Plaintiff's injuries to United. The trial court subsequently granted Plaintiff's motion for a new trial in the in...

IN RE UNITED SCAFFOLDING, INC.
Date: August 31, 2012
Docket Number: 10-0526
Rusk State Hosp. v. Black  
Date: August 31, 2012
Docket Number: 10-0548

Justia Opinion Summary: In this health care liability claim, the trial court denied Rusk State Hospital's challenge to the plaintiffs' expert reports. The hospital filed an interlocutory appeal from that ruling. On appeal, the hospital, for the...

In re Commitment of Bohannan  
Date: August 31, 2012
Docket Number: 10-0605

Justia Opinion Summary: Michael Wayne Bohannan pleaded guilty to two counts of aggravated rape with a deadly weapon. Upon being released on mandatory supervision, Bohannan was thrice returned to prison for sexual crimes. After receiving a psych...

U-Haul Int'l, Inc. v. Waldrip  
Date: August 31, 2012
Docket Number: 10-0781

Justia Opinion Summary: After being seriously injured in an accident by a U-Haul truck, Plaintiff sued several U-Haul corporate entities and an independent dealer on theories of negligence and gross negligence, alleging that the accident was th...

Reeder v. Wood County Energy, LLC  
Date: August 31, 2012
Docket Number: 10-0887

Justia Opinion Summary: This case involved the duties and standard of care of an oil and gas operator under an exculpatory clause in a joint operating agreement (JOA). Based on language in the exculpatory clause in the JOA, the trial court inst...

Loaisiga v. Cerda  
Date: August 31, 2012
Docket Number: 10-0928

Justia Opinion Summary: Two female patients sued a medical doctor, the professional association bearing his name, and a clinic, alleging the doctor assaulted the patients by groping their breasts while examining them for sinus and flu symptoms....

ENBRIDGE PIPELINES (EAST TEXAS) L.P. v. AVINGER TIMBER, LLC
Date: August 31, 2012
Docket Number: 10-0950
Enbridge Pipelines L.P. v. Avinger Timber, LLC  
Date: August 31, 2012
Docket Number: 10-0950

Justia Opinion Summary: This case involved a dispute over the fair market value of acreage on which a gas processing facility was located. At issue was whether the trial court abused its discretion by admitting an expert's testimony that allege...

PNS Stores, Inc. v. Rivera  
Date: August 31, 2012
Docket Number: 10-1028

Justia Opinion Summary: In this appeal from a summary judgment dismissal of a direct and collateral attack, Petitioner contended that the underlying judgment was void and subject to collateral attack at any time. In this regard, Petitioner argu...

Buck v. Palmer  
Date: August 31, 2012
Docket Number: 11-0057

Justia Opinion Summary: At issue in this case was whether mere statements of intent to discontinue a joint venture cause automatic dissolution of the venture as a matter of law. Plaintiff sued Defendant for breach of an oral agreement, alleging...

Evans v. Unit 82 Joint Venture  
Date: August 31, 2012
Docket Number: 11-0217

Justia Opinion Summary: A corporation (Infodisc) and one of its subsidiaries (M-TX) defaulted on a loan from a bank. A California court placed the borrowers in receivership to liquidate their assets securing the loan, and an ancillary receivers...

IN THE INTEREST OF E.R., J.B., E.G., AND C.L., CHILDREN
Date: August 31, 2012
Docket Number: 11-0282
Manbeck v. Austin Indep. Sch. Dist.  
Date: August 31, 2012
Docket Number: 11-0429

Justia Opinion Summary: An employee (Employee) of the Austin Independent School District (AISD), a self-insured governmental entity, was injured on the job. AISD acknowledged that Employee had been injured but disputed whether the compensable i...

Lexington Ins. Co. v. Daybreak Express, Inc.  
Date: August 31, 2012
Docket Number: 11-0597

Justia Opinion Summary: At issue in this case was whether, for purposes of Tex. Civ. Prac. & Rem. Code Ann. 16.068, an action for cargo damage against a common carrier, brought under the Carmack Amendment to the Interstate Commerce Act, relates...

Tex. Comm'n on Human Rights v. Morrison  
Date: August 31, 2012
Docket Number: 11-0644

Justia Opinion Summary: In this employer retaliation case, a broad-form jury question allowed the jury to find liability based on a legal theory that was jurisdictionally barred and thus could not support liability. The trial court entered a ju...

City of Beaumont v. Como  
Date: August 31, 2012
Docket Number: 11-0888

Justia Opinion Summary: The City notified a building owner that her property was in disrepair and that, unless she repaired it, the City might demolish it. After the owner failed to remedy the problem, the City declared the property a public nu...

In re Uresti  
Date: August 31, 2012
Docket Number: 12-0305

Justia Opinion Summary: In this primary election case, Choco Meza, chair of the county democratic party, determined that petitions filed with Monica Caballero's application for a place on the county democratic party primary election ballot as a...

Bison Bldg. Materials, Ltd. v. Aldridge  
Date: August 17, 2012
Docket Number: 06-1084

Justia Opinion Summary: The issue in this case was whether an appellate court has jurisdiction over an appeal from a trial court order confirming an arbitration award in part and vacating the award in part based on the existence of unresolved q...

City of Denton v. Paper  
Date: August 17, 2012
Docket Number: 11-0596

Justia Opinion Summary: The Texas Tort Claims Act imposes a lesser duty of care on the government when a premises liability claim does not involve a special defect. Plaintiff sued City, claiming that its negligence in creating and failing to re...

In re E.R. (Majority)  
Date: July 6, 2012
Docket Number: 11-0282

Justia Opinion Summary: Several months after removing Mother's four children from her home and becoming their temporary managing conservator, the Department of Family Protective Services petitioned the trial court to terminate Mother's parental...

York v. State (Majority)  
Date: June 29, 2012
Docket Number: 09-0905

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner claimed a trailer was his, but, upon evidence the trailer was stolen, the justice court awarded the trailer to the State. Later, Petitioner filed for bankruptcy and scheduled the trailer as an asset of his est...

FORD MOTOR COMPANY v. PATRICIA CHACON, ET AL. (Other)
Date: June 29, 2012
Docket Number: 10-0506
Am. Zurich Ins. Co. v. Samudio (Majority)  
Date: June 29, 2012
Docket Number: 10-0554

Justia Opinion Summary: Employee suffered an injury during the course of his employment that was compensable under the Texas Workers' Compensation Act. Petitioner insurance company provided workers' compensation coverage to Employee's employer....

Tex. W. Oaks Hosp., LP v. Williams (Majority)  
Date: June 29, 2012
Docket Number: 10-0603

Justia Opinion Summary: At issue in this interlocutory appeal was whether the claims of an employee against his employer, both of whom were health care providers, alleging injuries arising out of inadequate training, supervision, risk-mitigatio...

Sutherland v. Spencer (Majority)  
Date: June 29, 2012
Docket Number: 10-0750

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff brought a Deceptive Trade Practices Act suit against Company and its co-operators for violating the terms of a contract. Through a process server, Plaintiff served all three Defendants with citations, but one c...

Mission Consol. Indep. Sch. Dist. v. Garcia (Majority)  
Date: June 29, 2012
Docket Number: 10-0802

Justia Opinion Summary: After Employer fired her, Plaintiff filed suit, alleging that she was discriminated against based on her race, national origin, age, and gender. Employer filed a plea to the jurisdiction, arguing that Plaintiff's pleadin...

In re XL Specialty Ins. Co. (Majority)  
Date: June 29, 2012
Docket Number: 10-0960

Justia Opinion Summary: An injured employee (Employee) sought workers' compensation benefits for a work-related injury. A claims adjuster with Employer's workers' compensation insurer's (Insurer) third party administrator denied the claim. The...

City of North Richland Hills v. Friend (Majority)  
Date: June 29, 2012
Docket Number: 11-0367

Justia Opinion Summary: Sarah Friend collapsed at a city-owned water park in North Richland Hills. City employees responded with oxygen masks and other airway equipment but did not retrieve an Automatic External Defibrillator device (AED) from...

Evanston Ins. Co. v. Legacy of Life, Inc. (Majority)  
Date: June 29, 2012
Docket Number: 11-0519

Justia Opinion Summary: This suit was filed by a daughter against an organ donation charity when she discovered that the charity - contrary to an earlier representation to her - would allegedly profit from harvesting her deceased mother's tissu...

TEXAS MUTUAL INSURANCE COMPANY v. TIMOTHY J. RUTTIGER (Concurring)
Date: June 22, 2012
Docket Number: 08-0751
TEXAS MUTUAL INSURANCE COMPANY v. TIMOTHY J. RUTTIGER (Dissenting)
Date: June 22, 2012
Docket Number: 08-0751
TEXAS MUTUAL INSURANCE COMPANY v. TIMOTHY J. RUTTIGER (Majority)
Date: June 22, 2012
Docket Number: 08-0751
FREEDOM COMMUNICATIONS, INC., D/B/A THE BROWNSVILLE HERALD AND VALLEY MORNING STAR v. JUAN ANTONIO CORONADO, ET AL. (Other)
Date: June 22, 2012
Docket Number: 09-0745
WEEKS MARINE, INC. v. MAXIMINO GARZA (Dissenting)
Date: June 22, 2012
Docket Number: 10-0435
WEEKS MARINE, INC. v. MAXIMINO GARZA (Majority)
Date: June 22, 2012
Docket Number: 10-0435
EL APPLE I, LTD. v. MYRIAM OLIVAS (Concurring)
Date: June 22, 2012
Docket Number: 10-0490
EL APPLE I, LTD. v. MYRIAM OLIVAS (Majority)
Date: June 22, 2012
Docket Number: 10-0490
PARADIGM OIL, INC., PACIFIC OPERATORS, INC., PACIFIC OPERATORS OF TEXAS, INC. AND FINLEY OIL WELL SERVICE, INC. v. RETAMCO OPERATING, INC. (Majority)
Date: June 22, 2012
Docket Number: 10-0997
ONCOR ELECTRIC DELIVERY COMPANY LLC v. DALLAS AREA RAPID TRANSIT AND FORT WORTH TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY (Majority)
Date: June 22, 2012
Docket Number: 11-0079
El Paso Marketing L.P., et al. v. Wolf Hollow I, L.P. (Majority)  
Date: June 15, 2012
Docket Number: 11-0059

Justia Opinion Summary: This case arose when the owner of a gas-fired electric power generating plant sued the owner of the pipeline that supplied fuel to the plant for negligence in allowing interruptions in service and in delivering gas below...

TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY v. LUKE THOMAS KASPAR (Other)
Date: June 8, 2012
Docket Number: 10-0983
TX Dept. of Ins., et al. v. American National Ins. Co., et al. (Majority)  
Date: May 18, 2012
Docket Number: 10-0374

Justia Opinion Summary: The parties to the appeal disagreed about whether an employer who self funded a health-benefit plan for its employees was an "insurer" under the Texas Insurance Code, and therefore should be treated as a reinsurer when p...

In the matter of M.P.A. (Majority)  
Date: May 18, 2012
Docket Number: 10-0859

Justia Opinion Summary: A jury found petitioner committed sexual assault of a child based on the testimony of two witnesses who have recanted, and sentenced petitioner to 22 years' confinement after hearing false testimony by a State's expert....

In re Allen (Majority)  
Date: May 18, 2012
Docket Number: 10-0886

Justia Opinion Summary: Relator sought compensation from the state following the Texas Court of Appeals' grant of habeas relief. Under the Tim Cole Act, Tex. Civ. Prac. & Rem. Code 103.001(a), a wrongfully imprisoned person could seek compensat...

HONORABLE HOPE ANDRADE v. DON VENABLE (Other)
Date: May 18, 2012
Docket Number: 11-0008
Venkateswarlu Thota, M.D., et al. v. Young (Majority)  
Date: May 11, 2012
Docket Number: 09-0079

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff brought this suit against defendant alleging negligence in the treatment of Ronnie Young. At issue was whether the presumed harm analysis applied to a broad-form submission in a single-theory-of-liability case...

IN RE REBECCA RAMIREZ PALOMO v. (Cond/grantP/C)
Date: April 27, 2012
Docket Number: 12-0208
BISON BUILDING MATERIALS, LTD. v. LLOYD K. ALDRIDGE (Dissenting)
Date: April 20, 2012
Docket Number: 06-1084
Bison Building Materials, Ltd., v. Aldridge (Majority)  
Date: April 20, 2012
Docket Number: 06-1084

Justia Opinion Summary: This case arose from respondent's injury on the job and the arbitration agreement he signed as a condition of his employment. At issue was whether an appellate court had jurisdiction over an appeal from a trial court ord...

Safeshred, Inc. v. Martinez, III (Majority)  
Date: April 20, 2012
Docket Number: 10-0426

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff brought a wrongful termination claim against his employer under Sabine Pilot Service, Inc. v. Hauck, seeking lost wages, mental anguish damages, and exemplary damages. This case required the court to clarify th...

COMMISSION FOR LAWYER DISCIPLINE v. HEATHER SCHAEFER (Other)
Date: April 20, 2012
Docket Number: 10-0609
Ashford Partners, Ltd. v. ECO Resources, Inc. (Majority)  
Date: April 20, 2012
Docket Number: 10-0615

Justia Opinion Summary: This was an appeal from a judgment awarding tenant damages for a landlord's breach of a construction-related duty under a build-to-suit lease agreement. The tenant sued asserting that the landlord's failure to adhere to...

Dr. Erwin Cruz v. Andrews Restoration, Inc., et al. (Majority)  
Date: April 20, 2012
Docket Number: 10-0995

Justia Opinion Summary: This appeal stemmed from litigation between a homeowner, its insurer, and the company hired to restore the home after a series of storms caused damage to the home. A jury found in the restoration company's favor and the...

MARIA ESTER SALINAS v. NORBERTO SALINAS (Other)
Date: April 20, 2012
Docket Number: 11-0131
Severance v. Patterson, et al. (Majority)  
Date: March 30, 2012
Docket Number: 09-0387

Justia Opinion Summary: Pursuant to article V, section 3-c of the Texas Constitution and Texas Rule of Appellate Procedure 58.1, the court accepted the petition from the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit to answer three certi...

Texas Dept. of Public Safety v. Caruana (Majority)  
Date: March 30, 2012
Docket Number: 10-0321

Justia Opinion Summary: This case arose when respondent was arrested by a state trooper for driving while intoxicated. At issue was whether a peace officer's arrest report must be excluded from evidence if not sworn as required by law. Because...

Ford Motor Co. v. Garcia (Majority)  
Date: March 30, 2012
Docket Number: 10-0953

Justia Opinion Summary: This case involved a dispute over fees awarded to an ad litem appointed in connection with the proposed division of a personal injury settlement between an incapacitated plaintiff and his guardian. The court-appointed at...

Arvizu, et al. v. The Estate of George Puckett (Other)  
Date: March 30, 2012
Docket Number: 11-0023

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff and her son were injured when her car was struck by a pickup truck driven by Edward Cantu. MCAA employed Cantu and Puckett owned the truck. Cantu's negligence was stipulated. The jury found that, although MCAA...

IN RE REBECCA RAMIREZ PALOMO v. (Other)
Date: March 28, 2012
Docket Number: 12-0208
FDIC v. Lenk (Majority)  
Date: March 9, 2012
Docket Number: 08-0908

Justia Opinion Summary: In this suit for an alleged breach of a deposit agreement, the court reviewed the court of appeals' judgment in favor of an estate administrator, as well as the estate administrator's cross-petition concerning attorney's...

IN RE FRANK KENT MOTOR COMPANY D/B/A FRANK KENT CADILLAC v. (Majority)
Date: March 9, 2012
Docket Number: 10-0687
Milner v. Milner (Majority)  
Date: March 9, 2012
Docket Number: 10-0776

Justia Opinion Summary: This case involved a mediated settlement agreement (MSA) from a divorce. At issue was whether the court of appeals erred in setting aside the underlying MSA, which the trial court purported to follow in its divorce decre...

JACK EDWARD MILNER v. VICKI ANN MILNER (Dissenting)
Date: March 9, 2012
Docket Number: 10-0776
Traxler v. Entergy Gulf State, Inc. (Majority)  
Date: March 9, 2012
Docket Number: 10-0970

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner suffered injuries when he was struck by a power line belonging to Entergy. Petitioner filed a negligence per se claim against Entergy based on petitioner's claim that the power line was less than 22 feet above...

TEXAS RICE LAND PARTNERS, LTD. AND MIKE LATTA v. DENBURY GREEN PIPELINE-TEXAS, LLC (Majority)
Date: March 2, 2012
Docket Number: 09-0901
THE EDWARDS AQUIFER AUTHORITY AND THE STATE OF TEXAS v. BURRELL DAY AND JOEL MCDANIEL (Majority)
Date: February 24, 2012
Docket Number: 08-0964
MABON LIMITED v. AFRI-CARIB ENTERPRISES, INC. (Other)
Date: February 17, 2012
Docket Number: 09-0715
In re Nestle USA, Inc., Switchplace, LLC, and NSBMA, LP, Relators (Majority)  
Date: February 10, 2012
Docket Number: 11-0855

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioners and its affiliates, manufacturers and distributors of food and beverages in the United States, sought a declaration that the Texas franchise tax was unconstitutional, Tex. Tax Code 171.0001-.501, an injunctio...

CITY OF DALLAS v. HEATHER STEWART (Dissenting)
Date: January 27, 2012
Docket Number: 09-0257
City of Dallas v. Stewart (Majority)  
Date: January 27, 2012
Docket Number: 09-0257

Justia Opinion Summary: Respondent appealed the URSB's determination that her property was an urban nuisance and that the property should be demolished. The trial court affirmed the USRB's finding that respondent's home was an urban nuisance an...

Patel v. City of Everman (Majority)  
Date: January 27, 2012
Docket Number: 09-0506

Justia Opinion Summary: A property owner appealed an administrative determination that his property was a nuisance and he also asserted a takings claim. The property owner then nonsuited the case. He later filed this suit, again alleging that t...

Port Elevator-Brownsville, L.L.C. v. Casados, et al. (Majority)  
Date: January 27, 2012
Docket Number: 10-0523

Justia Opinion Summary: Rafael Casados suffered a fatal, work-related injury while working for two employers that both had workers' compensation coverage. Casados' parents sued one of the employers. At issue was whether workers' compensation wa...

IN RE CARL BASS, PATRICIA GRUTZMACHER AND THOMAS BAUER v. (Other)
Date: January 27, 2012
Docket Number: 11-0245
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