Court of Appeals for the 1st District of Texas News

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.

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.

ConocoPhillips wins contract dispute over drilling project

By Amanda Thomas | Jun 4, 2018

HOUSTON – ConocoPhillips Co. has won a contract dispute over a drilling project after a state appeals court found that a drop in oil prices isn’t a natural or man-made disaster.

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.

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.

Justices grant dismissal of suit against XTO Energy over flash fire at North Dakota well pad

By Kyla Asbury | May 21, 2018

HOUSTON – A Texas appeals court ruled that a lawsuit over injuries sustained in a well fire does not belong in the state because the majority of witnesses are from North Dakota and surrounding states.

Appeals court reverses invasion of privacy ruling in Travis Law Firm case

By Charmaine Little | May 14, 2018

HOUSTON – A more than $24,000 judgment in favor of a law firm in an invasion of privacy case was reversed by the Court of Appeals for the 1st District of Texas in a May 10 opinion.

First District upholds dismissal of discrimination suit against University of Texas Medical Branch

By Justin Stoltzfus | May 14, 2018

HOUSTON – An opinion issued May 3 in the Texas 1st District Court of Appeals affirms a trial court's judgment against a nurse who cited the Texas Commission on Human Rights Act regarding alleged discrimination and retaliation at work.

Court rules that because woman did not move to enforce arbitration, no error in Coit Cleaning case

By Tomas Kassahun | May 7, 2018

HOUSTON – In a ruling made on April 17, the court of Appeals for the 1st District of Texas said the trial court didn’t err when it decided not to compel arbitration between a cleaning service company and a client.

Judgment reversed against Dow Golub Remels & Beverly law firm in attorney's fees case

By Glenn Minnis | May 7, 2018

HOUSTON – The 1st District Court of Appeals has reversed a lower court’s summary judgment in favor of a law firm that filed suit against former clients for unpaid attorney’s fees, remanding the case back to trial for further proceedings.

First District affirms lawyer's client 'presented no evidence' in legal malpractice claim

By Tomas Kassahun | May 4, 2018

HOUSTON – In a ruling made on April 19, the 1st Court of Appeals of Texas said that a client did not have evidence to prevent an attorney from obtaining a summary judgment in a legal malpractice suit.

First District Court affirms dismissal of resident in sexual assault case against Baylor College of Medicine

By Robert Davis | Apr 18, 2018

HOUSTON – The 1st District Court of Appeals affirmed a decision by the 80th District Court of Harris County to dismiss a sexual assault lawsuit against Baylor College of Medicine resident Shafeeq Sheikh, M.D. filed by a former patient, Laura Perilla-Vargas.

1st District Court of Appeals denies motion for sanctions in mailing of CCEMS classified documents case

By Robert Davis | Apr 12, 2018

HOUSTON – The 1st District Court of Appeals affirmed a decision by the 165th District Court in Harris County to dismiss Wayne Dolcefino and Wayne Dolcefino Consulting's motion for sanctions against Cypress Creek EMS (CCEMS) after the trial court granted a summary judgment on conversion in favor of the consulting firm.

Ruling upheld in 'death penalty' sanctions case involving East African Drilling

By Angela Underwood | Apr 11, 2018

HOUSTON – A panel of judges has affirmed a 215th District Court’s decision regarding "death penalty" sanctions rendered against a drilling company.

Denied: Motion to dismiss on Texas Citizens Participation Act in Empire bar fight case

By Angela Underwood | Apr 9, 2018

HOUSTON – A panel of 1st District Court of Appeal judges have kept the bout between two parties alive over a bar fight complaint.

Texas appeals court increases damages awarded in wind turbine dispute by $3.4M, trial court awarded $15.3M

By Sandra Lane | Apr 9, 2018

HOUSTON – Spinning Star Energy, a provider of wind turbine energy, was awarded an increase of approximately $3.4 million in addition to the $15.3 million awarded by a lower court to compensate for the unauthorized sale of some of its property and its diminished value caused by the sale.

Appeals court reverses ruling in dispute over AT&T cell tower lease

By Tomas Kassahun | Mar 20, 2018

HOUSTON – The Court of Appeals for the 1st District of Texas has partially ruled against AIC Management Co. in a dispute over a lease for an AT&T cellular tower in Houston.

First District court upholds ruling that expert witness in health care liability case is qualified

By Tomas Kassahun | Mar 19, 2018

HOUSTON – The Court of Appeals for the 1st District of Texas has upheld a Fort Bend County court's denial of a motion to dismiss a health care liability claim because the appellant argued the appellees' expert was not qualified.

1st District appellate court upholds summary judgment in medical malpractice case

By Angela Underwood | Feb 26, 2018

HOUSTON – A 1st District Court of Appeals panel of judges has affirmed a trial court’s ruling on an alleged medical malpractice-related death.

Houston residents lose appeal challenging operator of a wastewater pumping facility for negligence

By Michael McGrady | Feb 26, 2018

HOUSTON ‒ In a recently issued opinion regarding the verdict of a past jury trial that proved no wrongdoing on the part of a water collection and treatment system operator, a three-judge panel for the Court of Appeals for the 1st District of Texas affirmed the original position Feb. 15.

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