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Appeals court rules report that connected hospital to newborn's death is sufficient

By Charmaine Little | Mar 15, 2019

BEAUMONT -- An appeals court ruled March 7 that an expert report did meet requirements in a health care liability case against Kingwood Medical Center, as it affirmed a lower court’s denial of the center's motion to dismiss.

Court: Former property owner not owed relief in fraud case against homeowners' association

By Charmaine Little | Mar 15, 2019

HOUSTON -- The Texas 14th Court of Appeals ruled against a homeowner March 7 in his allegations of unfair debt collection practices against his homeowners’ association and related entities.

Appeals court affirms decision regarding revocation of concealed handgun license following DWI guilty plea

By Charmaine Little | Mar 15, 2019

A man whose concealed handgun license was revoked by the Texas Department of Public Safety after he pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated recently lost his appeal when the 14th Court of Appeals affirmed a lower court’s ruling.

Teacher accused of soliciting 13-year-old online gets arrest record expunged

By Charmaine Little | Mar 14, 2019

HOUSTON -- A former Texas teacher who fought for the expunction of his arrest for soliciting a minor online won his case in a lower court and in the Texas First District Court of Appeals on Feb. 28.

Falcon Hunter's lawsuit over penalties from late tax payment dismissed

By Charmaine Little | Feb 14, 2019

HOUSTON – Thanks to a lack of subject matter jurisdiction, the 14th Court of Appeals has reversed a decision that denied a plea to the jurisdiction filed by taxing units in a company’s case against them to recover penalties and interest paid on delinquent property taxes.

14th Court of Appeals reverses TDCA, conspiracy rulings in foreclosure case

By Charmaine Little | Feb 14, 2019

HOUSTON – The 14th Court of Appeals has granted a mixed ruling in an appeal over a no-evidence summary judgment in case over the foreclosure of a property.

14th Court of Appeals rules trial court erred in recovery amount reduction in partnership dispute

By Charmaine Little | Feb 12, 2019

HOUSTON – An appellate court has modified a ruling in a partnership dispute, ruling that the trial court abused its discretion when it reduced a recovery amount.

Appeals court rules Wells Fargo had right to accelerate credit card balance to nearly $25,000

By Charmaine Little | Feb 12, 2019

HOUSTON – An appellate court has found Wells Fargo properly proved a man owes nearly $25,000 in credit card debt.

Justices find Orange County Building Materials did not owe duty to warn man who tripped on boards

By Charmaine Little | Feb 8, 2019

BEAUMONT – On Feb. 7, summary judgment for Orange County Building Materials Inc. was affirmed in an appeals court despite Arthur Simpson Jr.’s argument that he presented enough evidence to prove OCBM had a responsibility to issue a warning about any possible risks before he tripped and fell.

9th District Court of Appeals rules Bliss Builders, man fail to prove arbitrator was partial to plaintiffs

By Charmaine Little | Feb 8, 2019

BEAUMONT – The Court of Appeals in the 9th District of Texas at Beaumont reversed an order that vacated an arbitration award in a fraud case, stating that an alleged friendship between the plaintiff's lawyer and the arbitrator is irrelevant.

14th Court of Appeals rules court erred in appointing receiver in suit over failed sale of assisted living facility

By Charmaine Little | Feb 1, 2019

HOUSTON – Ruling there is no evidence of fraudulent transfer, the 14th Court of Appeals determined a lower court erred when it appointed a receiver in a case concerning the purchase of an assisted living facility.

Fort Worth appellate court upholds summary judgment in health care liability case over eye surgery

By Charmaine Little | Jan 30, 2019

FORT WORTH – Thanks to a plaintiff’s own concession concerning a discovery rule, the Court of Appeals for the 2nd Appellate District of Texas at Fort Worth upheld a ruling from a lower court that granted the appellees' motion for summary judgment on Jan. 17.

Court reverses judgment that awarded NEC Networks $6,000 in damages in contract dispute case

By Charmaine Little | Jan 30, 2019

SAN ANTONIO – A San Antonio appellate court has reversed some judgment awards in a contract dispute case.

4th District Court of Appeals: Trial court did not err, abuse discretion in breach of contract case

By Charmaine Little | Jan 30, 2019

SAN ANTONIO – An appellate court has upheld a lower court's decision in a breach of contract case, ruling that the appellant did not timely plead his affirmative defense of limitations.

9th District rules woman not entitled to attorneys' fees in property dispute

By Charmaine Little | Jan 28, 2019

BEAUMONT – A state appellate court ruled that a lower court was correct in denying a woman's claim for attorneys' fees in a suit against her stepfather over the ownership of a property.

Texas man wins $1.13 million after suffering mental, physical injuries in workplace accident

By Charmaine Little | Jan 16, 2019

A Texas man was awarded more than $1 million after his nearly three-year legal battle with an insurance defense law firm, according to court documents.

Justices green-light man for handgun license despite misdemeanor history

By Charmaine Little | Dec 10, 2018

HOUSTON – A Texas man convicted of misdemeanor assault by contact is still entitled to a license to carry a handgun, the Court of Appeals for the 1st District of Texas determined Nov. 27.

Justices hand attorney another win in malpractice case

By Charmaine Little | Dec 5, 2018

HOUSTON – On Nov. 27, the Court of Appeals for the 1st District of Texas affirmed a summary judgment in favor of a lawyer who was sued by her former client over allegations of fraud, negligence, breach of contract and more.

14th Court of Appeals affirms judgment in favor of appellees in case over Kemah B&B

By Charmaine Little | Nov 21, 2018

HOUSTON – An appellate court has upheld a lower court's ruling in a suit over possession of a Kemah bed and breakfast.

Appellate court reverses dismissal of liability claims against Kindred Hospitals Limited Partnership

By Charmaine Little | Nov 21, 2018

FORT WORTH – The Court of Appeals for the 2nd District of Texas at Fort Worth ruled a lower court erred when it sustained an objection for an expert report in a health care liability case concerning man’s death.

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