State of Texas 14th Court of Appeals News

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.

Appeals court affirms no-evidence summary judgment in retaliation and intentional injury case

By Robert Davis | Apr 4, 2018

HOUSTON – Texas' 14th District Court of Appeals affirmed a no-evidence summary judgment by the 334th District Court in Harris County in favor of Pentair Valves & Controls US LP and Kelly Services Inc., citing the appellee, Anthony Simon, failed to provide enough evidence to show there is a genuine issue regarding the material facts of the case.

14th Court of Appeals affirms judgment in injury case, claims plaintiff did not exercise due diligence

By Robert Davis | Apr 2, 2018

HOUSTON – Texas' 14th Court of Appeals overruled Christina Molina's appeal of a summary judgment in favor of John Gears, Robert Morin and All-Star Tire Co. in a personal injury case where the parties were involved in a car accident.

Justices uphold dismissal of HEB discrimination suit filed by former employee

By Amanda Thomas | Mar 22, 2018

HOUSTON – A Texas appellate judge has affirmed the dismissal of a discrimination suit against grocery chain H.E. Butt (HEB) Grocery Co.

Court upholds summary judgment award to First Community Insurance in damage claim dispute

By Tomas Kassahun | Mar 19, 2018

HOUSTON – The 14th Court of Appeals has upheld a dismissal of a case against First Community Insurance Co. filed by a homeowner in a dispute with the insurer regarding a claim.

Appellate court rules trial court did not err in case involving Ford Motor

By Justin Stoltzfus | Mar 6, 2018

HOUSTON – A memorandum opinion from the 14th Court of Appeals by Justice John Donovan upholds a trial court's ruling in a case involving Ford Motor Co. and an application for the approval of an asset purchase agreement.

Appeals court upholds summary judgment favoring state in deceptive practices case

By Carrie Salls | Mar 6, 2018

HOUSTON – The 14th Court of Appeals for the State of Texas upheld a summary judgment entered in favor of the state of Texas by the 80th District Court of Harris County in a Deceptive Trade Practices-Consumer Protection Act lawsuit, according to an opinion filed by the appeals court on Feb. 27.

14th Court of Appeals dismisses Diamond Pharmacy wrongful death case

By Charmaine Little | Feb 7, 2018

HOUSTON – A pharmaceutical company has won the latest round of an ongoing battle with wrongful death beneficiaries after the 14th Court of Appeals reversed a judgment from the trial court based on a Jan. 30 opinion.

Owner of property under Muleshoe Lake, and under an oil pipeline, loses trespass case on appeal

By Dee Thompson | Feb 1, 2018

HOUSTON – An appellate court has ruled that Wayne Hoang Nhut Doan, who owns submerged property under Muleshoe Lake, is not entitled to any additional compensation from TransCanada Keystone Pipeline LP, the company that built a pipeline across the lake. Doan claimed the company trespassed.

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.

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