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Appeals court: Physical contact required to trigger uninsured coverage in vehicle crash

By Karen Kidd | May 29, 2019

HOUSTON (SE Texas Record) — A man injured in in a 2016 vehicular accident in Waller County after an unidentified vehicle that did not contact his own car but caused him to collide with another automobile is not entitled to uninsured motorist benefits, a state appeals court recently ruled.

Texas appeal court rules Equistar, ClydeUnion both 'take nothing' in pumps dispute

By Karen Kidd | May 29, 2019

HOUSTON (SE Texas Record) — Neither a suburban Houston fuels producer nor a United Kingdom-based engineering firm should get anything in a faulty pump dispute in which a Harris County court had awarded the latter company more than $150,000, a state appeals court has ruled.

State appeals court returns longtime StarTex dispute over unpaid bill to Harris County

By Karen Kidd | May 28, 2019

HOUSTON (SE Texas Record) — A Texas commercial and residential power utility's lawsuit against a customer is on its way back to a Harris County court, following a state appeals court decision earlier this month.

AmeriGas may assert TWCA 'exclusive-remedy defense' in case of workers injured in 2012 Conroe fire, appeals court rules

By Karen Kidd | May 22, 2019

BEAUMONT (SE Texas Record) — The owner of a propane facility will be allowed to assert the exclusive-remedy defense under Texas' workers' compensation laws, a state appeals court recently ruled.

Texas appeals court affirms summary judgment in Houston attorney's Super Bowl ticket dispute

By Karen Kidd | May 13, 2019

HOUSTON (SE Texas Record) — A Texas appeals court has affirmed a lower court's judgment in favor of a Houston criminal attorney in a Super Bowl ticket dispute, saying the appellants failed to prove "no-evidence ground" in the case.

Court rules probation officer failed to link denied promotion to EEOC allegations

By Karen Kidd | Apr 25, 2019

HOUSTON (SE Texas Record) — Discrimination allegations filed before a longtime Harris County probation officer was denied a promotion does not, on its own, prove the promotion denial was linked to the claims, a state appeals court said in a ruling issued April 18.

Court: Houston company within rights to end 'in perpetuity' agreement with software company

By Karen Kidd | Apr 25, 2019

HOUSTON (SE Texas Record) — A Texas company that ended its agreement to use another company's software "in perpetuity" had every right to do so, a state appeals court said in a recent ruling.

State appeals court dismisses overflow claims against Athens, water authority

By Karen Kidd | Feb 27, 2019

TYLER – A state appeals court has dismissed the lawsuit filed against the city of Athens and its water authority by three area residents who claim their homes and properties were damaged by water treatment overflows in 2015 and 2016.

Appeals court revives injured temp worker's lawsuit against Waste Management of Texas

By Karen Kidd | Feb 27, 2019

AUSTIN – A state appeals court recently revived an injured garbage truck temporary employee's lawsuit, saying questions remain about whether the worker was a Houston-based garbage service's employee under the state's workers' compensation rules.

Jeffrey Simon gratified by 'opportunity to help people who deserve help and really need it'

By Karen Kidd | Jan 28, 2019

DALLAS – A Dallas-based attorney who has been a trial lawyer about 25 years had no difficulty during a recent interview naming his proudest achievement as an attorney.

Appeals court judge allows expert report in family's wrongful death suit against Schumacher Management Services

By Karen Kidd | Jan 22, 2019

CORPUS CHRISTI – An amended expert report submitted in a wrongful death lawsuit by the family of a woman who died in a Corpus Christi hospital in 2014 will be allowed to remain in the case, according to a state appeals court judge's ruling earlier this month.

11th Court Appeals court affirms dismissal of lawsuit it 'experienced some difficulty' in understanding

By Karen Kidd | Jan 22, 2019

EASTLAND – A state appeals court recently upheld dismissal of a California native's vague lawsuit in a Taylor County court against an assembly service company.

Appeals court upholds Hays County court's judgment of possession in favor of Federal Home Loan Mortgage

By Karen Kidd | Jan 22, 2019

EDINBURG – A Buda couple has suffered yet another setback in their legal fight to hang onto their home, which was foreclosed upon by a federal mortgage corporation in 2016.

Appeals court directs orders be vacated in controlling interests calculation case involving Flowserve

By Karen Kidd | Jan 21, 2019

HOUSTON – A Harris County court has been ordered to vacate two orders concerning a due-diligence report in a controlling interests calculation case following a recent state appeals court's ruling.

Appeals court rules no additional attorney's fees in Montgomery County property dispute

By Karen Kidd | Jan 21, 2019

BEAUMONT – A woman who wanted additional attorney fees following her successful claim on a deed to a Montgomery County property won't be getting any more than the trial court awarded her, according to a recent appeals court's decision.

Arbitration award in hail damage repair dispute stands, 1st District Court of Appeals rules

By Karen Kidd | Jan 21, 2019

HOUSTON – A state appeals court recently affirmed a Harris County court's confirmation of an arbitrator's award in a dispute over repair of hail damage.

Appeals court revives, remands former Spring ISD teacher's lawsuit over drug dealing on campus allegations

By Karen Kidd | Jan 8, 2019

AUSTIN – The dismissed case of a former Spring Independent School District teacher who claims he was suspended after he reported alleged drug dealing on campus is revived and headed back to a Harris County court.

Exception allowing Tyler to provide sewer services unconstitutional, Texas appeals court rules

By Karen Kidd | Jan 2, 2019

HOUSTON – The city of Tyler will not be able to provide sewer services within its own limits based on an exception to the state's water code passed by the state legislature because that exception is unconstitutional, according to a recent Texas appeals court ruling.

Appeals court affirms ruling in ladder injury case against KLI over process service

By Karen Kidd | Oct 30, 2018

HOUSTON – A state appeals court has rejected a man's appeal in his failed personal-injury case, saying he was not diligent enough in his attempts to serve process on one of two companies he alleged were liable in his claims.

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