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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.

Insurers ask court not to toss suit against Shrader & Associates over asbestos suit fees

By Karen Kidd | Aug 27, 2018

GALVESTON – Three private health insurance companies have asked a federal judge to deny a Houston-based law firm's motion to dismiss the companies' lawsuit over allegations the firm didn't pay its share in asbestos litigation settlement funds.

Three-justice panel reverses dismissal of negligence case against Houston fitness club

By Karen Kidd | Aug 22, 2018

HOUSTON – A Texas appeals court has revived the negligence lawsuit of a woman against a Houston fitness club after a Harris County district court dismissed the case.

Judge dismisses Dallas tax attorney's $5 million discrimination suit against Georgetown University over job fair ban

By Karen Kidd | Aug 22, 2018

DALLAS – A federal judge earlier this month dismissed the case of a Dallas-based international tax attorney who sued a Washington, D.C. university, his alma mater, he claimed discriminated against him when it banned his firm from attending a job fair following "mischaracterized information" on his resume.

Federal Circuit affirms Texas judge's ruling that database patents failed Alice/Mayo test

By Karen Kidd | Aug 22, 2018

WASHINGTON – Three indexing software patents allegedly infringed by a Wisconsin-based party supply company are invalid because they only contain abstract ideas, a federal appeals court ruled in an East Texas case earlier this month.

Appeals court sends homeowners association's lawsuit over flood damage back to Harris County

By Karen Kidd | Jun 27, 2018

HOUSTON – A homeowners association's lawsuit to recover the cost of flood damage to a reserve tract in a Harris County community is on its way back to a local district court after a Texas appeals court ruled, in part, that the lower court had been wrong to find for defendants in the case.

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.

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