State of Texas 14th Court of Appeals News

Appellate court reverses ruling in Alief ISD discrimination case

By Gabriel Neves | Aug 14, 2018

HOUSTON – Alief Independent School District (AISD) obtained a favorable decision on an appeal against a former employee in an employment discrimination suit.

Houston Pilots Association keeps immunity on appeal

By Gabriel Neves | Aug 14, 2018

HOUSTON – The Houston Pilots Association was declared immune of liability in an appeal of a ruling regarding an accident that involved two vessels piloted by two of its members.

Mega Builder loses appeal in office building payment dispute

By Gabriel Neves | Aug 7, 2018

HOUSTON – A California building company has lost its appeal of a ruling regarding a payment dispute in a construction of an office building.

Court tosses New Zealand man's slip-and-fall case, citing lack of jurisdiction

By Daniel Beauregard | Aug 7, 2018

HOUSTON – A Texas appeals court has dismissed a slip-and-fall case involving a New Zealand citizen and an oil and gas drilling company, citing the plaintiff doesn’t have proper jurisdiction to bring such a complaint.

Appellate court affirms dismissal of woman's malpractice claims against law firm Walker Bright

By Sandra Lane | Aug 6, 2018

HOUSTON – The 14th Court of Appeals affirmed the 53rd District Court’s judgment in dismissing a legal malpractice suit filed by a widow who had retained a law firm to represent her.

14th Court of Appeals reverses ruling in legal malpractice case involving Houston attorney

By John Breslin | Aug 2, 2018

HOUSTON – A trial court erred when it granted summary judgment in favor of an attorney who was sued for fraud and legal malpractice, the 14th Court of Appeals has found.

No-evidence summary judgment to Kia, Autoliv in auto accident case affirmed

By Charmaine Little | Jul 24, 2018

HOUSTON – On July 12, the 14th Court of Appeals upheld a no-evidence summary judgment in a products liability case a consumer filed against Kia and airbag company Autoliv.

Village of Tiki Island unsuccessful in its trek for plea of jurisdiction in land-use lawsuit

By Charmaine Little | Jul 24, 2018

HOUSTON – The village of Tiki Island and related parties lost its appeal in ongoing land-use case as the 14th Court of Appeals denied their plea of jurisdiction July 10.

Majority of ruling upheld in UTMB dean's discrimination suit

By Elizabeth Alt | Jul 16, 2018

HOUSTON – The 14th Court of Appeals issued a ruling affirming most of a trial court's judgment granting the University of Texas Medical Branch’s plea to the jurisdiction in a suit brought by a tenured professor claiming discrimination and conspiracy.

14th Court of Appeals reverses take-nothing judgment in injured W&T Offshore employee's case

By Charmaine Little | Jul 12, 2018

HOUSTON – A trial court’s take-nothing ruling for a man injured on the job was reversed in the 14th Court of Appeals on June 26 as the court ruled on borrowed employee status and loss of future wages reward.

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.

Appellate court rules lower court abused discretion in Associates in Medicine trade secrets case

By Elizabeth Alt | Jun 26, 2018

HOUSTON – The 14th Court of Appeals issued a ruling on June 21 conditionally granting a writ of mandamus that two physician groups do not need to follow an “extreme and highly intrusive” trial court order that a forensic expert will search for information relating to allegations of stolen trade secrets.

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.

Damage amount lowered by appellate court in Valero oil refinery explosion case

By John Revak | May 21, 2018

HOUSTON – The 14th District Court of Appeals recently affirmed a remittitur judgment in a case involving an explosion at an oil refinery.

Appellate court reverses dismissal of chemical burn suit against Diamond Offshore

By Carrie Bradon | May 21, 2018

HOUSTON – The 14th Court of Appeals has reversed and remanded a decision in a seaman's injury case over a clause in his employment contract.

14th District affirms summary judgment in insurance case over broken car window

By John Revak | May 17, 2018

HOUSTON – An appellate court has denied a woman's motion for a new trial in a dispute with an insurer over a broken window on a new car.

14th Court of Appeals upholds denial of doctor's motion to dismiss wrongful death case

By Glenn Minnis | May 7, 2018

HOUSTON – The 14th Court of Appeals has affirmed a lower court’s ruling denying a doctor’s motion to dismiss in a case where he is accused of medical malpractice leading to the death of a patient.

Court rules in favor of suspended Houston firefighter, voids suspension

By Tomas Kassahun | May 7, 2018

HOUSTON – In a ruling made on April 17, the 14th Court of Appeals ruled in favor of a firefighter who brought a lawsuit after being suspended from the fire department.

14th Court of Appeals reverses in part, remands in part decision over real estate deal

By Robert Davis | May 2, 2018

HOUSTON – The 14th Circuit Court of Appeals reversed in part, remanded in part and affirmed in part a judgment by the 190th District Court in Harris County after concluding the trial court should not have submitted any question inquiring into the enforceability of the oral condition between Ali Mokaram and Osama Abdullatif over a commercial real estate deal.

Justices affirm in part, suggests remittitur in part in Valero fire case - plaintiffs were awarded $8.4M in damages

By Robert Davis | Apr 4, 2018

HOUSTON – The 14th District Court of Appeals affirmed in part and suggested a remittitur in part in an appeal filed by Critical Path Resources Inc. disputing damages awarded to nine Valero employees.

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