Supreme Court of Texas Decisions 2013

ROSSCER CRAIG TUCKER, II v. LIZABETH THOMAS (Concurring)
Date: December 13, 2013
Docket Number: 12-0183
Tucker v. Thomas (Opinion)  
Date: December 13, 2013
Docket Number: 12-0183

Justia Opinion Summary: Mother and Father divorced pursuant to a decree that named Mother as the parent with the exclusive right to designate the parties' children's primary residence and ordered Father to pay child support. Three years later,...

Ysleta Indep. Sch. Dist. v. Franco (Per Curiam)  
Date: December 13, 2013
Docket Number: 13-0072

Justia Opinion Summary: Respondent, a principal at a school in the Yesleta Independent School District (ISD), reported various "asbestos hazards" in the school to certain school officials. Eventually, the ISD indefinitely suspended Respondent....

Coinmach Corp. v. Aspenwood Apartment Corp. (Opinion)  
Date: November 22, 2013
Docket Number: 11-0213

Justia Opinion Summary: A commercial tenant remained in possession of premises for six years after it lost its lease when the property was sold through foreclosure. The tenant ultimately conceded that the foreclosure terminated the lease and th...

Dallas Metrocare Servs. v. Juarez (Per Curiam)  
Date: November 22, 2013
Docket Number: 12-0685

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was a public nonprofit organization that provided mental health care to county residents. Plaintiff was a patient who sued Defendant after being struck by a falling whiteboard. Defendant pled immunity under the...

City of Houston v. Rhule (Per Curiam)  
Date: November 22, 2013
Docket Number: 12-0721

Justia Opinion Summary: Respondent, a firefighter for the Houston Fire Department, suffered an on-the-job injury in 1988. The City of Houston and Respondent entered into a settlement agreement under which Respondent would receive lifetime medic...

In re Blevins (Per Curiam)  
Date: November 1, 2013
Docket Number: 12-0636

Justia Opinion Summary: After the Department of Family and Protective Services placed two children with Foster Parents, Mother relinquished her parental rights and Father was arrested and deported to Mexico. The trial judge entered an order in...

City of Laredo v. Montano (Per Curiam)  
Date: October 25, 2013
Docket Number: 12-0274

Justia Opinion Summary: The city of Laredo filed suit to condemn Respondents' property. A jury found that the City had no authorized public use for the property and awarded Respondents attorney's fees and expenses under Tex. Prop. Code 21.019(c...

IN RE STEPHANIE LEE (Concurring)
Date: September 27, 2013
Docket Number: 11-0732
IN RE STEPHANIE LEE (Dissenting)
Date: September 27, 2013
Docket Number: 11-0732
In re Lee (Opinion)  
Date: September 27, 2013
Docket Number: 11-0732

Justia Opinion Summary: Stephanie Lee and Benjamin Redus were the parents and joint managing conservators of their minor daughter. A 2007 order adjudicating parentage gave Stephanie the exclusive right to designate the child's primary residence...

Tex. Comm'n on Envtl. Quality v. Bosque River Coalition (Opinion)  
Date: September 20, 2013
Docket Number: 11-0737

Justia Opinion Summary: This proceeding arose from an application to amend an existing water-quality permit filed by the owner and operator of a dairy farm located in the North Bosque River watershed. The City of Waco and Bosque River Coalition...

In re Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. (Opinion)  
Date: August 30, 2013
Docket Number: 10-0933

Justia Opinion Summary: Decedent's family (the Kings) sued Toyota and the local Toyota dealership after Decedent lost control of his Toyota, which rolled over several times. The Kings asserted that the Toyota's allegedly defective seat belt sys...

Moncrief Oil Int'l Inc. v. OAO Gazprom (Opinion)  
Date: August 30, 2013
Docket Number: 11-0195

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff, a Texas company, sued nonresident Defendants in Texas. Plaintiff asserted claims for (1) trade-secret misappropriation regarding a proposed Texas venture during two meetings Defendants attended in Texas, and (...

Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth v. Episcopal Church (Opinion)  
Date: August 30, 2013
Docket Number: 11-0265

Justia Opinion Summary: The Fort Worth Diocese was formed in 1982 and was admitted into union with The Episcopal Church (TEC). The Fort Worth Corporation was formed the next year. After a doctrinal controversy arose within the TEC, the Forth Wo...

Masterson v. Diocese of Northwest Texas (Opinion)  
Date: August 30, 2013
Docket Number: 11-0332

Justia Opinion Summary: Title to property of a local church (the Good Shepherd) was held by a Texas non-profit corporation (Corporation). The Corporation was formed as a condition of Good Shepherd's congregation being accepted into union with t...

Elizondo v. Krist (Opinion)  
Date: August 30, 2013
Docket Number: 11-0438

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff was working for a BP Amoco Chemical Company (BP) contractor in 2005 when BP's Texas City refinery exploded, killing fifteen workers and injuring many others. Plaintiff signed a power of attorney retaining Willi...

Dynegy, Inc. v. Yates (Opinion)  
Date: August 30, 2013
Docket Number: 11-0541

Justia Opinion Summary: James Olis, a former officer of Dynegy, Inc., was indicted on multiple counts of securities fraud, wire fraud, and conspiracy. Olis hired attorney Terry Yates to defend him in the federal criminal investigation and a civ...

Dugger v. Arredondo (Opinion)  
Date: August 30, 2013
Docket Number: 11-0549

Justia Opinion Summary: Joel Martinez died after ingesting heroin with Defendant. Plaintiff, individually and as representative of Martinez's estate, sued Defendant under wrongful death and survival statutes, alleging that Defendant was neglige...

City of Lorena v. BMTP Holdings, LP (Opinion)  
Date: August 30, 2013
Docket Number: 11-0554

Justia Opinion Summary: The City of Lorena approved a subdivision plat. The City, however, subsequently enforced a moratorium against the property, citing the municipality's additional sewage system capacity requirements. The landowner sued for...

CITY OF LORENA, TEXAS v. BMTP HOLDINGS, L.P. (Concurring)
Date: August 30, 2013
Docket Number: 11-0554
CITY OF LORENA, TEXAS v. BMTP HOLDINGS, L.P. (Dissenting)
Date: August 30, 2013
Docket Number: 11-0554
Tex. Adjutant General's Office v. Ngakoue (Opinion)  
Date: August 30, 2013
Docket Number: 11-0686

Justia Opinion Summary: Tex. Civ. Prac. & Rem. Code 101.106 bars a suit against a governmental unit after a plaintiff sues the unit's employee regarding the same subject matter. However, if the employee is sued for acts conducted within the gen...

TEXAS ADJUTANT GENERAL'S OFFICE v. MICHELE NGAKOUE (Dissenting)
Date: August 30, 2013
Docket Number: 11-0686
Zanchi v. Lane (Opinion)  
Date: August 30, 2013
Docket Number: 11-0826

Justia Opinion Summary: Reginald Lane, individually and as personal representative of Decedent's estate, filed suit under the Texas Medical Liability Act (TMLA) against anesthesiologist Michael Zanchi, alleging negligence. Zanchi was not served...

Liberty Mut. Ins. Co. v. Adcock (Opinion)  
Date: August 30, 2013
Docket Number: 11-0934

Justia Opinion Summary: Claimant suffered a compensable injury to his right ankle in 1991 and developed reflex sympathetic dystrophy in the injured ankle. In 1997, the appeals panel determined Claimant was entitled to Lifetime Income Benefits (...

LIBERTY MUTUAL INSURANCE COMPANY v. RICKY ADCOCK (Dissenting)
Date: August 30, 2013
Docket Number: 11-0934
Canutillo Indep. Sch. Dist. v. Farran (Per Curiam)  
Date: August 30, 2013
Docket Number: 12-0601

Justia Opinion Summary: Respondent was employed by the Canutillo Independent School District as executive director of facilities and transportation. After reporting alleged financial improprieties to the District authorities, Respondent was fir...

Nathan v. Wittington (Per Curiam)  
Date: August 30, 2013
Docket Number: 12-0628

Justia Opinion Summary: Stephen filed suit against a former business partner, Evan, in Nevada and prevailed on his claims. To collect on the judgment, Stephen filed another suit in Nevada against both Evan and Marc, alleging that Evan had fraud...

LENNAR CORPORATION, LENNAR HOMES OF TEXAS SALES & (Opinion)
Date: August 23, 2013
Docket Number: 11-0394
Lennar Corp. v. Markel Am. Ins. Co. (Opinion)  
Date: August 23, 2013
Docket Number: 11-0394

Justia Opinion Summary: Homes built with an exterior insulation and finish system (EIFS) suffer serious water damage that worsens over time. Homebuilder began a remediation program in which it offered to homeowners to remove exterior EIFS from...

IN RE MICHAEL N. BLAIR (Opinion)
Date: August 23, 2013
Docket Number: 11-0441
IN RE MICHAEL N. BLAIR (Dissenting)
Date: August 23, 2013
Docket Number: 11-0441
In re Blair (Opinion)  
Date: August 23, 2013
Docket Number: 11-0441

Justia Opinion Summary: The Time Cole Act (Act) entitles a person who has been wrongfully imprisoned to compensation from the State. Payments terminate, however, if, after the date the person becomes eligible for compensation, the person is con...

Tex. Comm'n on Envtl. Quality v. City of Waco (Opinion)  
Date: August 23, 2013
Docket Number: 11-0729

Justia Opinion Summary: The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (Commission) granted an amendment to a dairy concentrated animal feeding operation's water-quality permit. A downstream city (City) sought to intervene in the permit process...

DALLAS COUNTY, TEXAS v. ROY LOGAN (Per Curiam)
Date: August 23, 2013
Docket Number: 12-0203
Psychiatric Solutions, Inc. v. Palit (Opinion)  
Date: August 23, 2013
Docket Number: 12-0388

Justia Opinion Summary: Employee was a psychiatric nurse employed by Employer, a health care provider. Employee was injured at work while restraining a psychiatric patient. Employee filed a negligence action against Employer, seeking damages fo...

Brighton v. Koss (Per Curiam)  
Date: August 23, 2013
Docket Number: 12-0501

Justia Opinion Summary: Tara and Gregory were granted a divorce on October 18, 2010 after a jury trial. On December 22, 2010, the trial court signed a second judgment. Tara filed her notice of appeal seventy-five days after the trial court's se...

KEVIN T. MORTON v. HUNG NGUYEN AND CAROL S. NGUYEN (Opinion)
Date: August 23, 2013
Docket Number: 12-0539
Morton v. Nguyen (Opinion)  
Date: August 23, 2013
Docket Number: 12-0539

Justia Opinion Summary: Seller and Buyers entered into a contract for a deed. Buyers made payments to Seller for almost three years. Because Seller did not provide Buyers with all information required by Tex. Prop. Code 5(D), Buyers later told...

McCalla v. Baker's Campground, Inc. (Per Curiam)  
Date: August 23, 2013
Docket Number: 12-0907

Justia Opinion Summary: Respondents were successors-in-interest to 380 acres of land once owned by Baker, now deceased. Petitioners entered into a lease agreement with Baker that contained an option allowing Petitioners to buy the land if Baker...

Neely v. Wilson (Opinion)  
Date: June 28, 2013
Docket Number: 11-0228

Justia Opinion Summary: After an investigation into allegations that Doctor had self-prescribed medications, the Board placed Doctor on probation. A media outlet subsequently aired an investigative broadcast suggesting that Doctor was disciplin...

City of Houston v. Bates (Opinion)  
Date: June 28, 2013
Docket Number: 11-0778

Justia Opinion Summary: Three retired fire fighters (Respondents) previously employed by the Houston Fire Department (HFD) sued the City of Houston to recover allegedly unauthorized deductions from their termination pay upon retirement. Specifi...

Office of Attorney Gen. v. Scholer (Opinion)  
Date: June 28, 2013
Docket Number: 11-0796

Justia Opinion Summary: When Father and Mother divorced, the divorce decree awarded Mother sole physical custody of Child and ordered Father to pay monthly child support. Years later, Mother and Father agreed Father's support obligation would c...

PM Management-Trinity NC, LLC v. Kumets (Per Curiam)  
Date: June 28, 2013
Docket Number: 12-0451

Justia Opinion Summary: The family of a nursing home patient filed this action against the nursing home for, inter alia, medical negligence, negligence per se, breach of contract, and retaliation. Plaintiffs asserted the retaliation claim under...

Nall v. Plunkett (Per Curiam)  
Date: June 28, 2013
Docket Number: 12-0627

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs filed this action against Defendants for negligence based on an undertaking theory and for premises liability after he suffered personal injuries at a party at Defendants' residence. The trial court rendered s...

State v. $1,760 in U.S. Currency (Per Curiam)  
Date: June 28, 2013
Docket Number: 12-0718

Justia Opinion Summary: The State seized thirty-seven gaming machines called "eight-liners" after the sheriff's department executed a warrant to search a game room owned by Sammy Barnes. The warrant was obtained after an investigation, which yi...

Fin. Comm'n of Tex. v. Norwood (Opinion)  
Date: June 21, 2013
Docket Number: 10-0121

Justia Opinion Summary: A 2003 amendment to the Texas Constitution allowed the Legislature to delegate to a state agency the power to interpret certain provisions of the Constitution governing home equity lending. The state agency quickly issue...

Merriman v. XTO Energy, Inc. (Opinion)  
Date: June 21, 2013
Docket Number: 11-0494

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff owed the surface estate of a forty-acre tract. Defendant, the lessee of the tract's severed mineral estate, constructed a well site on Plaintiff's tract without Plaintiff's approval. Plaintiff filed suit seekin...

Phillips Petroleum Co. v. Yarbrough (Opinion)  
Date: June 21, 2013
Docket Number: 12-0198

Justia Opinion Summary: This suit was filed as a putative class action on behalf of Texas royalty owners alleging that Phillips Petroleum Company underpaid oil and gas royalties. The trial court certified three subclasses of royalty owners. The...

CHCA Woman's Hosp., LP v. Lidji (Opinion)  
Date: June 21, 2013
Docket Number: 12-0357

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs, as next friends of their daughter (Daughter) sued Hospital for injuries sustained by Daughter following her premature birth. One hundred and sixteen days after filing their original petition, Plaintiffs nonsu...

Univ. of Houston v. Barth (Per Curiam)  
Date: June 14, 2013
Docket Number: 12-0358

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff, a professor at the University of Houston, sued the University under the Texas Whistleblower Act. Plaintiff alleged that the University retaliated against him for reporting that his supervisor violated state ci...

In re Interest of E.C.R. (Opinion)  
Date: June 14, 2013
Docket Number: 12-0744

Justia Opinion Summary: Mother was seen punching and dragging her four-year-old daughter (Daughter) by her ponytail down the street. Mother's eight-month-old son (Son) was not present during the incident. The police arrested Mother, who later p...

Combs v. Health Care Servs. Corp. (Opinion)  
Date: June 7, 2013
Docket Number: 11-0283

Justia Opinion Summary: A government contractor (HCSC) contracted with the federal government to administer two health insurance programs. HCSC incurred expenses while performing the contracts that were reimbursed by the government. After the C...

City of Bellaire v. Johnson (Per Curiam)  
Date: June 7, 2013
Docket Number: 11-0933

Justia Opinion Summary: A staffing services company (Company) furnished workers for the City, including Respondent. During the course of his employment, Employee lost an arm working on a garbage truck driven by an employee of the City. Responde...

Phillips v. Bramlett (Opinion)  
Date: June 7, 2013
Docket Number: 12-0257

Justia Opinion Summary: Respondents filed this health care liability action against Petitioner. The trial court awarded Respondents $9 million in actual damages and $3 million in punitive damages. The court of appeals reversed the punitive dama...

In re L.D.C. (Opinion)  
Date: May 24, 2013
Docket Number: 12-0032

Justia Opinion Summary: Juvenile was charged with attempted capital murder, aggravated assault on a public servant, and deadly conduct. The jury adjudicated Juvenile of aggravated assault and deadly conduct, assessing determinate sentences for...

Tedder v. Gardner Aldrich, LLP (Opinion)  
Date: May 17, 2013
Docket Number: 11-0767

Justia Opinion Summary: Husband sued Wife for divorce and custody of their children. Wife hired Law Firm to represent her in the proceedings. After the jury verdict, Law Firm sued both Wife and Husband for its fees. After a hearing, Husband and...

Hancock v. Variyam (Opinion)  
Date: May 17, 2013
Docket Number: 11-0772

Justia Opinion Summary: In a letter sent to colleagues and others, Defendant, a physician, accused a fellow physician, Plaintiff, of lacking veracity and speaking in half truths. The trial court granted a directed verdict that the letter was de...

El Paso County Hosp. Dist. v. Tex. Health & Human Servs. (Opinion)  
Date: May 17, 2013
Docket Number: 11-0830

Justia Opinion Summary: In an earlier suit, fourteen Texas hospitals filed a declaratory relief action against the Texas Health and Human Services Commission and its Executive Commissioner (collectively HHSC), challenging a cutoff date used by...

In re Nalle Plastics Family Ltd. P'ship (Opinion)  
Date: May 17, 2013
Docket Number: 11-0903

Justia Opinion Summary: Law Firm sued Client for breach of contract, alleging that Client failed to pay its legal fees. A jury found that Client breached the agreement and awarded Law Firm damages, $150,000 as reasonable attorney's fees, and pr...

Rachal v. Reitz (Opinion)  
Date: May 3, 2013
Docket Number: 11-0708

Justia Opinion Summary: The beneficiary of an inter vivos trust sued the trustee for misappropriation of trust assets and failing to provide an accounting to the trust's beneficiaries. The trustee moved to compel arbitration, relying an arbitra...

Christus Health Gulf Coast v. Aetna, Inc. (Opinion)  
Date: April 19, 2013
Docket Number: 11-0483

Justia Opinion Summary: Several hospitals (Hospitals) sued Aetna, Inc. and Aetna Health, Inc. (collectively Aetna) for allegedly violating the Prompt Pay Statute. Aetna provided a Medicare plan (Plan) through an HMO called NYLCare. It delegated...

Granado v. Meza (Per Curiam)  
Date: April 19, 2013
Docket Number: 11-0976

Justia Opinion Summary: Two years after their child was born, Mother obtained a default judgment establishing Father's paternity and ordering child support to be paid until the child reached the age of eighteen. Father made child-support paymen...

City of Round Rock v. Rodriguez (Opinion)  
Date: April 5, 2013
Docket Number: 10-0666

Justia Opinion Summary: Firefighter Jamie Rodriguez was called into a meeting with Fire Chief Larry Hodge for an interview of Rodriguez regarding a personnel complaint Hodge had filed against him. Rodriguez requested to have a representative fr...

Dep't of Transp. v. A.P.I. Pipe & Supply, LLC (Opinion)  
Date: April 5, 2013
Docket Number: 10-1020

Justia Opinion Summary: This case involved an inverse-condemnation dispute over ten acres. At issue was who had title to the parcel: the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), the City of Edinburg (City), or API Pipe Supply and Paisano Ser...

TracFone Wireless, Inc. v. Comm'n on State Emergency Commc'ns (Opinion)  
Date: April 5, 2013
Docket Number: 11-0473

Justia Opinion Summary: The Texas legislature enacted two distinct "e911 fee" statutes to help fund the State's 911 emergency networks. The first statute, enacted in 1997, imposed on wireless subscribers a monthly emergency service fee, collect...

TTHR Ltd P'ship v. Moreno (Opinion)  
Date: April 5, 2013
Docket Number: 11-0630

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff sued the hospital (Hospital) where she gave birth to a newborn and the two doctors who assisted in delivery, alleging that Hospital was liable for injuries to the newborn because of its own direct negligence as...

Strickland v. Medlen (Opinion)  
Date: April 5, 2013
Docket Number: 12-0047

Justia Opinion Summary: The Medlens' dog Avery escaped the family's backyard and was picked up by animal control. Before the Medlens could retrieve Avery, shelter worker Carla Strickland mistakenly placed Avery on the euthanasia list, and Avery...

WENDELL REEDER v. WOOD COUNTY ENERGY, LLC (Per Curiam)
Date: March 29, 2013
Docket Number: 10-0887
Gonzales v. Sw. Olshan Found. Repair Co., LLC (Opinion)  
Date: March 29, 2013
Docket Number: 11-0311

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff hired Defendant to repair foundation problems on her home. The foundation repair contract specified that Defendant would perform the foundation repair in a good and workmanlike manner and adjust the foundation...

El Dorado Land Co., LP v. City of McKinney (Opinion)  
Date: March 29, 2013
Docket Number: 11-0834

Justia Opinion Summary: El Dorado Land Company sold property to the City of McKinney for use as a park. El Dorado's special warranty deed provided that the conveyance was subject to the restriction that the community only be used for that purpo...

In re J.M. (Per Curiam)  
Date: March 15, 2013
Docket Number: 12-0836

Justia Opinion Summary: After a trial, the trial court ordered the termination of Mother's parental rights to her two children. Before the trial court signed the termination order, Mother's trial counsel filed a "motion for a new trial or, in t...

Kopplow Dev., Inc. v. City of San Antonio (Opinion)  
Date: March 8, 2013
Docket Number: 11-0104

Justia Opinion Summary: Landowner purchased property for the purpose of developing the land, obtained permits, and filled a portion of the property to the 100-year flood level. The municipality subsequently constructed a facility partly on the...

In re Office of Attorney Gen. (Opinion)  
Date: March 8, 2013
Docket Number: 11-0255

Justia Opinion Summary: Father was ordered to pay child support each month to Mother. Father failed to make payments for several months, resulting in an arrearage of thousands of dollars. The Tarrant County Domestic Relations Office filed a mot...

Combs v. Roark Amusement & Vending, LP (Opinion)  
Date: March 8, 2013
Docket Number: 11-0261

Justia Opinion Summary: Roark Amusement & Vending owned and leased coin-operated amusement crane machines found in supermarkets, restaurants, and shopping malls. Roark sought a refund of the sales taxes it paid on the plush toys it purchased to...

Univ. of Tex. Sw. Med. Ctr. at Dallas v. Gentilello (Opinion)  
Date: February 22, 2013
Docket Number: 10-0582

Justia Opinion Summary: At issue in this case was whether an employee's report to a supervisor about an employer's or co-worker's "violation of law" is a report to an "appropriate law enforcement authority" under the Texas Whistleblower Act whe...

Tex. A&M Univ.-Kingsville v. Moreno (Per Curiam)  
Date: February 22, 2013
Docket Number: 11-0469

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff sued University, her employer, for a violation of the Texas Whistleblower Act, claiming that her supervisor fired her for reporting to University that the supervisor's daughter had received in-state tuition in...

Riemer v. State (Opinion)  
Date: February 22, 2013
Docket Number: 11-0548

Justia Opinion Summary: A small group of landowners sought to certify a class composed of all owners of any real property interests in a twelve-mile stretch of land located adjacent to the Canadian River to litigate alleged takings claims again...

S. Crushed Concrete, LLC v. City of Houston (Opinion)  
Date: February 15, 2013
Docket Number: 11-0270

Justia Opinion Summary: Southern Crushed Concrete (SCC) filed a municipal permit application with the City of Houston to move a concrete-crushing facility to a new location. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (Commission) had previou...

Certified EMS, Inc. v. Potts (Opinion)  
Date: February 15, 2013
Docket Number: 11-0517

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff alleged that while she was a patient at a hospital, a hospital nurse, who was temporarily placed with the hospital by a staffing service, assaulted her. Plaintiff sued under the Texas Medical Liability Act, ass...

Rodriguez-Escobar v. Goss (Per Curiam)  
Date: February 1, 2013
Docket Number: 10-0511

Justia Opinion Summary: Doctor examined Patient to determine whether she met the criteria for involuntary hospitalization for psychiatric care. Doctor decided she did not and released her. Three days later Patient committed suicide. Patient's s...

Lexington Ins. Co. v. Daybreak Express, Inc. (Per Curiam)  
Date: January 25, 2013
Docket Number: 11-0597

Justia Opinion Summary: Shipper engaged Common Carrier to transport computer equipment belonging to Company. Company claimed the shipment was damaged on arrival, and Common Carrier refused to pay the amount that Company claimed Common Carrier h...

States v. Ninety Thousand Two Hundred Thirty-Five Dollars (Opinion)  
Date: January 25, 2013
Docket Number: 11-0642

Justia Opinion Summary: The State brought an action for forfeiture of a vehicle and $90,235 found in it following a traffic stop, alleging that the property was contraband. The driver of the vehicle (Driver) answered the suit, asserting that he...

Ford Motor Co. v. Stewart, Cox, & Hatcher, PC (Per Curiam)  
Date: January 25, 2013
Docket Number: 11-0818

Justia Opinion Summary: This appeal stemmed from a personal injury settlement between Plaintiff, a minor, and Ford Motor Company. Acting on his own initiative, the pretrial judge appointed an attorney (Attorney) to represent Plaintiff's interes...

CTL/Thompson Tex., LLC v. Starwood Homeowner's Ass'n (Per Curiam)  
Date: January 25, 2013
Docket Number: 11-0920

Justia Opinion Summary: Respondent sued Petitioner for providing deficient geotechnical engineering services. Respondent attached to its petition an affidavit it believed complied with Tex Civ. Prac. & Rem. Code 150.002, which required that Res...

Richmont Holdings, Inc v. Superior Recharge Sys., LLC (Per Curiam)  
Date: January 25, 2013
Docket Number: 12-0142

Justia Opinion Summary: Richmont Holdings purchased the assets of Superior Recharge Systems. The terms of the sales were set out in a purchase agreement that included a provision for binding arbitration of any dispute relating to the agreement....

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