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Appellate court rules tenants did not support award for specific performance in property sale dispute

By Elizabeth Alt | Aug 29, 2018

HOUSTON – The First District Court of Appeals reversed a trial court ruling Aug. 23 in favor of a couple who said the owner of a property they contracted to buy breached their contract when he encountered title problems.

Appellate court partially remands discrimination suit against UT Health back to trial court

By Elizabeth Alt | Jul 18, 2018

HOUSTON – A lawsuit alleging a former nurse’s boss at UT Health Science Center-Houston bullied and threatened her based on her gender and race was partially remanded back to trial court by the 1st District Court of Appeals.

Appeals court states appellant did not demonstrate harm in malpractice case against Houston Methodist

By Elizabeth Alt | Jul 16, 2018

HOUSTON – On July 3, Texas’ 1st District Court of Appeals affirmed the trial court order denying a woman’s medical malpractice claims against Houston Methodist Hospital.

Majority of ruling upheld in UTMB dean's discrimination suit

By Elizabeth Alt | Jul 16, 2018

HOUSTON – The 14th Court of Appeals issued a ruling affirming most of a trial court's judgment granting the University of Texas Medical Branch’s plea to the jurisdiction in a suit brought by a tenured professor claiming discrimination and conspiracy.

Appellate court rules Texas Department of Criminal Justice can't claim immunity in inmate's suit

By Elizabeth Alt | Jul 16, 2018

HOUSTON – The Texas 1st District Court of Appeals upheld a trial court's ruling denying the Texas Department of Criminal Justice’s plea for personal jurisdiction in an inmate’s suit alleging negligence and excessive force against a prison guard and the TDCJ.

Texas Supreme Court affirms Laredo's bag-ban is illegal

By Elizabeth Alt | Jul 5, 2018

AUSTIN –The Texas Supreme Court upheld the 4th Court of Appeals decision that a city cannot impose an ordinance banning single-use plastic or paper bags by merchants, a ruling that could end the statewide single-use bag bans.

U.S. Supreme Court decision upholds Texas' district maps

By Elizabeth Alt | Jul 2, 2018

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Supreme Court recently released a court opinion to uphold the majority of Texas’ House and Congressional district maps, ending the years-long debate over whether Texas’ legislatures intentionally drew districts to discriminate against minorities.

Florida Gas Transmission's claims against FCC Environmental VP dismissed

By Elizabeth Alt | Jun 27, 2018

HOUSTON – In an opinion issued June 21, the 1st District Court of Appeals reversed a ruling that dismissed Florida Gas Transmission Co.'s claims against the vice president and general counsel of a pipeline maintenance company.

Reversed: Negligence claim against St. Joseph Medical Center from man who was shot by security

By Elizabeth Alt | Jun 26, 2018

HOUSTON – On June 21, the 1st District Court of Appeals issued a ruling to reverse a man’s negligence claim against St. Joseph Medical Center.

Engineer affidavit in case against ExxonMobil programmer unqualified, court rules

By Elizabeth Alt | Jun 26, 2018

HOUSTON – The 1st District Court of Appeals reversed a district court’s ruling that denied three engineering companies' motion to dismiss a man's negligence claims against them.

Appellate court rules lower court abused discretion in Associates in Medicine trade secrets case

By Elizabeth Alt | Jun 26, 2018

HOUSTON – The 14th Court of Appeals issued a ruling on June 21 conditionally granting a writ of mandamus that two physician groups do not need to follow an “extreme and highly intrusive” trial court order that a forensic expert will search for information relating to allegations of stolen trade secrets.

Appellate court rejects Velvin Oil's request for rehearing in fraud suit

By Elizabeth Alt | May 29, 2018

HOUSTON – The 1st District Court of Appeals issued a ruling on May 8 that denied realtor Velvin Oil Co.’s motion for a rehearing and reissued its previous order from January that found a Harris County trial court only erred in not issuing a ruling on a venue transfer motion before ruling on merits of the case.

Exxon seeks to dismiss suit against Papua New Guinea oil investors

By Elizabeth Alt | May 29, 2018

HOUSTON – Exxon Mobil Corp. and Exxon Mobil Canada LTD have filed a motion in the Houston Division of the Southern District of Texas to voluntarily dismiss a lawsuit they filed against several parties of an oil exploration project in Papua New Guinea after the investors dismissed Exxon from the arbitration against them.

Ninth Court of Appeals voids later ruling in workers' comp case that increased award by nearly $60,000

By Elizabeth Alt | May 23, 2018

BEAUMONT – The Court of Appeals of the 9th District of Texas issued a ruling to vacate a trial court judgment in a man’s work injury case, finding that the trial court no longer had jurisdiction to increase the man’s award.

Trial court to determine whether Vidor church's suit over leaky roof to be dismissed with or without prejudice

By Elizabeth Alt | May 22, 2018

BEAUMONT – An appellate court has reversed an order that denied a motion to dismiss filed by the architects and engineers a Vidor church claims failed to keep a roof from leaking after a three-year multimillion dollar project.

Baylor doctor denied motion to dismiss patient's negligence suit over tumor

By Elizabeth Alt | May 22, 2018

HOUSTON – The Court of Appeals for the 1st District of Texas denied a doctor’s motion to reverse a trial court decision May 15 in a case filed by a man who alleged he was subjected to unnecessary surgery.

Supreme Court rules feds can get involved in Rio Grande Compact suit

By Elizabeth Alt | Apr 9, 2018

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Supreme Court confirmed federal jurisdiction in Texas’ lawsuit against New Mexico on March 5, ordering the case involving water rights to the Rio Grande River to be remanded back to the Special Master.

Paxton challenges ruling over redistricting in U.S. Supreme Court

By Elizabeth Alt | Mar 29, 2018

AUSTIN – Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is challenging a U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas ruling that declared Texas district maps were drawn with the intent to discriminate against minorities.

Supreme Court rules expert opinion sufficient in medical malpractice suit, overturns dismissal

By Elizabeth Alt | Feb 19, 2018

AUSTIN – In an opinion delivered Feb. 2, the Texas Supreme Court overturned the dismissal of a woman’s medical malpractice lawsuit after it was dismissed by a court of appeals on the grounds that her expert report was deficient.

13th Court of Appeals remands arbitration ruling in fraud case against funeral home

By Elizabeth Alt | Feb 12, 2018

CORPUS CHRISTI – The Texas 13th Court of Appeals in Corpus Christi has ordered a lower court to revisit a ruling denying arbitration in a lawsuit filed by a woman who alleges her brother’s body was embalmed without her consent, infested with insects during the viewing at their parlor, and buried without his organs.

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