State of Texas 14th Court of Appeals News

Appeals court reverses take-nothing judgment awarded to physician

By John Suayan | Jun 12, 2019

HOUSTON – The Texas First Court of Appeals issued an opinion June 6 overturning a lower court’s judgment in favor of a family practice physician who was sued for breaching a lease.

Appeals court backs Florida auto dealership

By John Suayan | Jun 12, 2019

HOUSTON – An appeals court has sided with a Florida auto dealership in its appeal of a Harris County trial court’s denial of a special appearance.

Denied: Houston Chronicle, KHOU-TV appeal seeking to vacate ruling on anti-SLAPP motions

By David Yates | Jun 4, 2019

HOUSTON – A Texas appellate court recently denied an appeal brought by Hearst Newspapers (Houston Chronicle) and KHOU-TV, which sought to vacate a ruling on their anti-SLAPP motions.

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.

It’s not raining cats and dogs, it’s raining rats!

By The Record | May 22, 2019

Rats are disgusting animals. If you come upon one unexpectedly, it’s likely to startle or even frighten you. If, on the other hand, you’re walking around a junkyard or a dump, there’s a good chance you’ll come upon a rat at some point or other and you shouldn’t be surprised about it.

No cheddar for trucker who claims rat caused him to panic and fall while brushing teeth

By David Yates | May 14, 2019

HOUSTON – An appellate court has affirmed summary judgment in favor of company that was sued by a trucker who claims a rat caused him to panic and fall while brushing his teeth.

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.

Hotel owner awarded writ of mandamus in sexual assault case

By John Suayan | May 13, 2019

HOUSTON – A state appeals court has granted a writ of mandamus to a hotel owner implicated in a sexual assault lawsuit.

Appeals court reverses decision to dismiss malpractice allegations claims

By John Suayan | May 13, 2019

HOUSTON – The Texas 14th Court of Appeals has overturned a Houston lower court’s dismissal of malpractice claims against a local hospital.

Lender prevails in legal battle concerning undelivered ice machine

By Charmaine Little | May 8, 2019

HOUSTON -- The 14th Court of Appeals on May 2 sided with a lender’s counterclaims and against a borrower’s initial allegations in an ongoing dispute regarding an ice machine.

Appeals court affirms $3 million judgment for bank after promissory note dispute

By Charmaine Little | May 8, 2019

HOUSTON -- The 14th Court of Appeals confirmed April 30 a $3 million judgment in favor of a bank in a guarantor tort claim concerning a promissory note.

Appellate court backs lower tribunal's partial jurisdiction over electricity billing suit

By John Suayan | May 1, 2019

HOUSTON – The Texas Fourteenth District Court of Appeals determined April 23 that a lower court has partial jurisdiction over litigation regarding the cost of electricity.

Former Apache employee wins age discrimination suit

By Erianne Leatherman | Apr 11, 2019

HOUSTON – A jury for Texas' 14th Court of Appeals has upheld a ruling that a former employee of a local oil and gas company was fired in retaliation for filing a discrimination suit, and allowed her to keep an award for emotional pain and suffering and compensation for attorney fees.

Appellate court reverses summary judgment in Gallery Furniture's favor

By Claudia Balthazar | Apr 11, 2019

HOUSTON – The Texas Court of Appeals 14th District has reversed a trial's court decision granting summary judgment to a furniture store in a customer's dispute over an order.

Fort Bend County loses appeal against late sheriff's wife over benefits

By Charmaine Little | Mar 25, 2019

HOUSTON -- The Texas 14th Court of Appeals affirmed March 21 an order of severance in favor of a woman whom Fort Bend County had sued amid a worker’s compensation issue after her husband, a sheriff, died on the job.

Court affirms dismissal of case regarding Texas Southern building

By Gabriel Neves | Mar 18, 2019

HOUSTON -- A Houston university that sued architects, alleging a faulty design of a campus building, has suffered a loss in court.

Appeals court rules against worker injured in oil drilling machine accident

By Gabriel Neves | Mar 18, 2019

HOUSTON -- An oil worker who was employed on an oil rig and who sued the drilling company for injuries he had during the perforation of the well, has suffered a loss in court.

Court of appeals reverses, remands car towing case

By Gabriel Neves | Mar 15, 2019

HOUSTON -- A Harris County man who had his car towed and who lost an appeal at a hearing for the reasons of towing and fees, has obtained a victory in court.

Court: Former property owner not owed relief in fraud case against homeowners' association

By Charmaine Little | Mar 15, 2019

HOUSTON -- The Texas 14th Court of Appeals ruled against a homeowner March 7 in his allegations of unfair debt collection practices against his homeowners’ association and related entities.

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