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Texas appeals court rules it lacks jurisdiction in attorneys' fee case involving Liberty construction companies

By Karen Kidd | Jun 21, 2018

HOUSTON – The case of an insurance company and a former Delaware insurance official against two Liberty construction companies and their owners is on its way back to Chambers County after a Texas appeals court ruled it had no jurisdiction to hear an appeal in the case.

Houston must face pension system lawsuit following state Supreme Court ruling

By Karen Kidd | Jun 20, 2018

The City of Houston will have to face up to litigation in its ongoing dispute with the Houston Municipal Employees Pension System following a Texas Supreme Court decision earlier this month that found the city has no immunity in the case.

District court erred in ruling Amerril Energy and U.S. KingKing are alter egos, appeals court says

By Karen Kidd | Jun 12, 2018

HOUSTON – A dispute between a Houston-based oil well operator and four of its servicers is on its way back to a Harris County court after a three-judge Texas appeals panel found the trial court had not proven alter ego status between the well's operators.

Appeals court reverses Harris County district court decision denying dismissal of TCPA case

By Karen Kidd | Jun 12, 2018

HOUSTON – A Harris County district court was too quick to deny a motion to dismiss a Flower Mound-based staff leasing and human resources countersuit in Texas Citizens' Participation Act (TCPA) litigation with a former employee, a Texas appeals court recently ruled.

From Legal Newsline

Pepperidge Farm asks that Texas distributor's case be dismissed in favor of arbitration

By Karen Kidd | May 29, 2018

SAN ANTONIO (Legal Newsline) – Pepperidge Farm has asked a federal court to dismiss a potentially $1 million case filed by a Bexar County, Texas distributor and to force him to arbitrate outside of court after the company decided in February to buy back the distributor's "club rights."

Wireless phone companies must pay local access charges, federal judge rules

By Karen Kidd | May 23, 2018

DALLAS – Wireless call carriers like Verizon and Sprint must pay local access charges even when its users are placing local calls, a federal judge based in Dallas said in a recent order.

Appeals court reverses $8 million jury award against DuPont, saying cancer victim shall 'take nothing'

By Karen Kidd | May 23, 2018

DALLAS – A Texas man who received a multimillion dollar jury award in 2015 after his leukemia was found to have been caused by years of exposure to benzene in the paints and paint thinners he used on the job will receive nothing, a state appeals court ruled earlier this month.

Federal judge mulling Carpatsky dismiss motion filed well after $145.7 million arbitration award

By Karen Kidd | Apr 16, 2018

HOUSTON – A federal judge in Houston is considering a Texas oil company's motion to dismiss a Ukrainian oil company's nine-year-old lawsuit over a failed energy development deal following an arbitrator's $145.7 million award.

State appeals court sides with Masonic grand lodge in property dispute with lodge members

By Karen Kidd | Apr 12, 2018

HOUSTON – A Texas appeals court recently affirmed a Freemason Grand Lodge's ownership of property and assets of a constituent lodge in Houston, despite assertions to the contrary by members of that lodge.

Judge reduces $15.7 million damages award in Rembrandt-Samsung patent dispute

By Karen Kidd | Apr 9, 2018

MARSHALL – Rembrandt Wireless Technologies can expect a few millions dollars less than a federal jury in Texas awarded a little more than three years ago in the company's patent lawsuit against Samsung Electronics following a judge's recent decision.

Texas has no jurisdiction in case between Texas, Georgia and Louisiana companies, appeals court rules

By Karen Kidd | Mar 29, 2018

BEAUMONT – Texas courts have no business reviewing an action brought by Georgia-based Majors Management and six Louisiana convenience stores, referred to as Store LLCs in the opinion, against a Texas distributer, a Texas appeals court ruled last month.

Appeals court affirms summary judgment in Harris County fraud and breach of settlement case

By Karen Kidd | Mar 29, 2018

HOUSTON – A Harris County trial court's summary judgment in the fraudulent inducement and breach of a settlement agreement case of a Richmond physician and his wife against a former would-be employee has been affirmed by a state appeals court.

Texas appeals court affirms $2.7 million jury award to couple whose son was injured at birth

By Karen Kidd | Mar 16, 2018

HOUSTON – A Texas appeals court recently affirmed a $2.7 million jury award in Harris County, mostly for the future medical expenses of a child injured during his birth in 2011, according to a recent ruling.

Texas appeals court restores $1 million arbitration award to The Belfiore's developers

By Karen Kidd | Mar 15, 2018

HOUSTON – A Texas appeals court has returned a nearly $1 million award of an arbitration panel to developers of The Belfiore in Houston despite a would-be resident's claim that they're not entitled to it, according to a recent opinion handed down by the court.

Orange County district court has no jurisdiction to hear soured oil-well agreement case, appeals justices rule

By Karen Kidd | Feb 19, 2018

BEAUMONT – An Orange County district court does not have jurisdiction over parties in a soured oil-well agreement between plaintiffs and a group of defendants in a 2016 lawsuit, a state appeals court ruled earlier this month.

Appellate court returns veteran's case against collection agency to Montgomery County court

By Karen Kidd | Feb 19, 2018

BEAUMONT– The case of a military veteran who sued a collection agency over negative dings to his credit for a 2010 cellphone contract he alleges was canceled when he was deployed is on its way back to a Montgomery County court following a state appeals court ruling earlier this month.

Appeals court rules in favor of Statoil in retaliation case

By Karen Kidd | Feb 7, 2018

HOUSTON – A former employee of a Houston-based energy company has again failed to convince a court that his former employer retaliated against him for reporting harassment following the messy end of a mostly on-premises extramarital affair.

Appeals court rules in favor of pipeline company in Brazoria County condemnation case

By Karen Kidd | Jan 22, 2018

HOUSTON – A Texas appeals court ruled against a man in a Brazoria County condemnation case for lacking standing because - as he freely admits - he lacks an interest in property seized by a pipeline company.

Judge denies dismissal of complaint against Don Herring LTD over marketing mailing

By Karen Kidd | Jan 16, 2018

DALLAS – A class action lawsuit against a Dallas-area auto dealership group accused of ignoring the federal Driver's Privacy Protection Act by trawling through state motor vehicle records to find potential customers is moving ahead following a judge's ruling earlier this month.

Hurricane Harvey class actions moving ahead after judge denies DOJ delay request

By Karen Kidd | Jan 8, 2018

HOUSTON – A pair of class action lawsuits against the federal government over Hurricane Harvey flood damage and a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' decision to release water from the Addicks and Barker reservoirs are moving forward following a federal judge's decision earlier in December.

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