14th District Court affirms decision on breach of contract case over billboard

By Gabriel Neves | Dec 5, 2018

HOUSTON – An oil company that leased a billboard and allegedly did not pay the owners of the sign has lost its appeal of a decision in court.

State Justice Tracy Christopher, on the bench of the Texas 14th Court of Appeals, issued a four-page ruling on Nov. 20 affirming the Harris County Civil Court at Law No. 2 decision in the lawsuit filed by SignAd LTD against Green Energy Oilfield Services LLC.

SignAd sued Green Energy on allegations of grounds of breach of contract, claiming the oil company paid less than agreed for the advertising service on the billboard.

As stated in the ruling, Green Energy "entered into a contract with SignAd LTD under which SignAd would display Green Energy’s advertisements on two electronic billboards for six months and Green Energy would pay SignAd $1,200 per month for each billboard." 

Nevertheless, per the ruling, Green Energy "paid for only two months’ advertisement, and SignAd sued to collect the balance under theories of breach of contract, sworn account and quantum meruit."

After the trial, the lower court awarded damages to SignAd of more than $6,252.00, plus post-judgment interest and attorneys' fees.

Green Energy appealed the civil court decision.

On the appeal, SignAd challenged the lower court’s conclusion that SignAd provided electronic billboard advertising for Green Energy for the term of the contract. The appellant challenged SignAd's claims that Green Energy broke the contract.

In her ruling, Christopher overruled Green Energy's challenge to legal and factual sufficiency of evidence to support SignAd's claims of breach of contract. 

She also stated that "because our disposition of these issues is sufficient to affirm the judgment, it is unnecessary for us to address its arguments that the same evidence is legally and factually insufficient to support judgment on SignAd’s sworn-account claim."

Texas 14th Court of Appeals case number 14-18-00005-CV

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