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Lender prevails in legal battle concerning undelivered ice machine

By Charmaine Little | May 8, 2019

HOUSTON -- The 14th Court of Appeals on May 2 sided with a lender’s counterclaims and against a borrower’s initial allegations in an ongoing dispute regarding an ice machine.

Appeals court affirms $3 million judgment for bank after promissory note dispute

By Charmaine Little | May 8, 2019

HOUSTON -- The 14th Court of Appeals confirmed April 30 a $3 million judgment in favor of a bank in a guarantor tort claim concerning a promissory note.

Church gets mandamus relief after former pastor sues for defamation

By Charmaine Little | May 7, 2019

HOUSTON -- A church accused of defaming one of its former pastors was conditionally granted mandamus relief April 30 in the First District Court of Appeals of Texas.

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Webinar on intellectual property available for entrepreneurs, business owners

By Charmaine Little | Apr 2, 2019

Founders and entrepreneurs of blooming businesses are encouraged to get educated on all things intellectual property in one of Financial Poise’s latest webinars, IP-101: What Every Founder/Entrepreneur Must Know. The on-demand webinar, which is sponsored by EisnerAmper, is slated to give special advice for those who have launched their own startup businesses.

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Working With Experts webinar planned for April 24

By Charmaine Little | Apr 2, 2019

The Working With Experts course will soon be available for Financial Poise Webinars' Newbie Litigator School’s Winter/Spring 2019 session. It will take place Wednesday, April 24 from 1-2 p.m. Central Standard Time.

Appeals court affirms summary judgment for Doubletree Hotel in retaliation suit

By Charmaine Little | Mar 28, 2019

HOUSTON – The Texas Court of Appeals for the First District recently upheld a summary judgment in favor of Doubletree Hotel in a retaliation lawsuit filed by a former maintenance technician.

Houston's motion for summary judgment fails in ambulance driver negligence lawsuit

By Charmaine Little | Mar 27, 2019

HOUSTON -- The city of Houston isn’t entitled to summary judgment in a negligence case, the First Court of Appeals Texas determined March 19.

Court rules against appeal of $5,000 Wells Fargo sanctions

By Charmaine Little | Mar 25, 2019

HOUSTON -- A plaintiff failed to convince the Texas First District Court of Appeals to reverse a $5,000 sanction against her in her foreclosure battle with Wells Fargo on March 19.

Fort Bend County loses appeal against late sheriff's wife over benefits

By Charmaine Little | Mar 25, 2019

HOUSTON -- The Texas 14th Court of Appeals affirmed March 21 an order of severance in favor of a woman whom Fort Bend County had sued amid a worker’s compensation issue after her husband, a sheriff, died on the job.

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.

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