Significant Victories

Burford v. Howmet Aerospace, Inc., No. 14-22-00417-CV, — S.W.3d —, 2024 WL 790285 (Tex. App.—Houston [14th Dist.] Feb. 27, 2024, no pet. h.)

Burford v. Howmet Aerospace, Inc., No. 14-22-00417-CV, — S.W.3d —, 2024 WL 790285 (Tex. App.—Houston [14th Dist.] Feb. 27, 2024, no pet. h.) Convinced court of appeals to reverse summary judgment on causation in an asbestos case, finding that plaintiff raised a fact issue on direct causation where there were no other “plausible sources” of […]

Burford v. Howmet Aerospace, Inc., No. 14-22-00417-CV, — S.W.3d —, 2024 WL 790285 (Tex. App.—Houston [14th Dist.] Feb. 27, 2024, no pet. h.) Read More »

Ramsay v. Ferguson, No. 07-23-00392-CV, 2024 WL 769537 (Tex. App.—Amarillo Feb. 23, 2024, no pet. h.) (mem. op.)

Ramsay v. Ferguson, No. 07-23-00392-CV, 2024 WL 769537 (Tex. App.—Amarillo Feb. 23, 2024, no pet. h.) (mem. op.) Affirming the denial of nursing home administrators’ qualifications-based challenge to Chapter 74 preliminary expert reports and holding that licensed nursing administrators were qualified to offer opinions on standard of care and breach while a forensic pathologist was

Ramsay v. Ferguson, No. 07-23-00392-CV, 2024 WL 769537 (Tex. App.—Amarillo Feb. 23, 2024, no pet. h.) (mem. op.) Read More »

State Farm Mut. Auto. Ins. Co. v. Valdez, No. 04-22-00113-CV, — S.W.3d —, 2024 WL 349295 (Tex. App.—San Antonio Jan. 31, 2024, no pet. h.).

State Farm Mut. Auto. Ins. Co. v. Valdez, No. 04-22-00113-CV, — S.W.3d —, 2024 WL 349295 (Tex. App.—San Antonio Jan. 31, 2024, no pet. h.). Successfully affirmed a judgment following a jury trial in favor of an insured against his UIM carrier for his UIM benefits and attorney’s fees.  The Court of Appeals rejected State

State Farm Mut. Auto. Ins. Co. v. Valdez, No. 04-22-00113-CV, — S.W.3d —, 2024 WL 349295 (Tex. App.—San Antonio Jan. 31, 2024, no pet. h.). Read More »

In re Polaris Indus., Inc., No. 04-23-01093-CV, 2024 WL 251984 (Tex. App.—San Antonio Jan. 24, 2024, orig. proceeding) (mem. op.)

In re Polaris Indus., Inc., No. 04-23-01093-CV, 2024 WL 251984 (Tex. App.—San Antonio Jan. 24, 2024, orig. proceeding) (mem. op.) Successfully defended orders quashing deposition notice of minor child and second deposition notices of other family members in case involving death of child caused by rollover of Polaris UTV. Thad D. Spalding, Partner

In re Polaris Indus., Inc., No. 04-23-01093-CV, 2024 WL 251984 (Tex. App.—San Antonio Jan. 24, 2024, orig. proceeding) (mem. op.) Read More »

Lopez, et al. v. University of the Southwest, No. 2:23-cv-00327-DHU-JHR, 2024 WL 68531 (D.N.M. Jan. 5, 2024)

Lopez, et al. v. University of the Southwest, No. 2:23-cv-00327-DHU-JHR, 2024 WL 68531 (D.N.M. Jan. 5, 2024) Successfully moved to remand on behalf of the family of a student killed in a bus crash returning from a college golf tournament. The district court held that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations do not create a

Lopez, et al. v. University of the Southwest, No. 2:23-cv-00327-DHU-JHR, 2024 WL 68531 (D.N.M. Jan. 5, 2024) Read More »

Eldorado Homeowners’ Assoc., Inc. v. Clough, No. 05-22-00198-CV, 2024 WL 20170 (Tex. App.—Dallas Jan. 2, 2024, no pet. h.) (mem. op.)

Eldorado Homeowners’ Assoc., Inc. v. Clough, No. 05-22-00198-CV, 2024 WL 20170 (Tex. App.—Dallas Jan. 2, 2024, no pet. h.) (mem. op.) Successfully defended summary judgment, including attorney’s fees, in favor of homeowners related to dispute over retaining wall and declarations making it clear that Association—and not homeowners—is obligated to maintain it. Rick Thompson, Partner and

Eldorado Homeowners’ Assoc., Inc. v. Clough, No. 05-22-00198-CV, 2024 WL 20170 (Tex. App.—Dallas Jan. 2, 2024, no pet. h.) (mem. op.) Read More »

Le v. United States of America, No. 4:22-cv-00147-O, 2023 WL 4708003 (N.D. Tex. Dec. 15, 2023)

Le v. United States of America, No. 4:22-cv-00147-O, 2023 WL 4708003 (N.D. Tex. Dec. 15, 2023) Successfully rebuffed the Government’s motion for a new trial, brought under the Maximum Recovery Rule, seeking to reduce over $26 million in damages, including over $18 million in noneconomic damages, in a catastrophic injury case brought under the Federal

Le v. United States of America, No. 4:22-cv-00147-O, 2023 WL 4708003 (N.D. Tex. Dec. 15, 2023) Read More »

In re Harvey, No. 02-23-00401-CV, 2023 WL 8643022 (Tex. App.—Fort Worth Dec. 14, 2023, orig. proceeding) (mem. op.)

In re Harvey, No. 02-23-00401-CV, 2023 WL 8643022 (Tex. App.—Fort Worth Dec. 14, 2023, orig. proceeding) (mem. op.) Successfully obtained mandamus relief after trial court denied motion to defer payment of sanction award, ordering trial court to enter a new order either (1) providing that sanction is payable only at or following entry of a

In re Harvey, No. 02-23-00401-CV, 2023 WL 8643022 (Tex. App.—Fort Worth Dec. 14, 2023, orig. proceeding) (mem. op.) Read More »

Roe v. Tajon, No. 02-23-00179-CV, 2023 WL 8643020 (Tex. App.—Fort Worth Dec. 14, 2023, no pet. h.) (mem. op)

Roe v. Tajon, No. 02-23-00179-CV, 2023 WL 8643020 (Tex. App.—Fort Worth Dec. 14, 2023, no pet. h.) (mem. op) Reversing dismissal of medical negligence claims against doctor and hospital based on their objections to Chapter 74 expert reports and holding that any disagreement with the experts’ opinions was “not for the trial court to resolve

Roe v. Tajon, No. 02-23-00179-CV, 2023 WL 8643020 (Tex. App.—Fort Worth Dec. 14, 2023, no pet. h.) (mem. op) Read More »

In re UV Logistics, LLC, No. 01-23-00044-CV, 2023 WL 8192532 (Tex. App.—Houston [1st Dist.] Nov. 28, 2023, orig. proceeding)

In re UV Logistics, LLC, No. 01-23-00044-CV, 2023 WL 8192532 (Tex. App.—Houston [1st Dist.] Nov. 28, 2023, orig. proceeding) Successfully defended trial court’s decision to order that independent neuropsychological exam of the plaintiffs be audio and video recorded.  The court of appeals found no abuse of discretion where there was evidence of special circumstances—cognitive deficits

In re UV Logistics, LLC, No. 01-23-00044-CV, 2023 WL 8192532 (Tex. App.—Houston [1st Dist.] Nov. 28, 2023, orig. proceeding) Read More »

Bugle Shipping Co. Ltd. v. Sheikh, No. 14-22-00470-CV, 2023 WL 7034213 (Tex. App.—Houston [14th Dist.] Oct. 26, 2023, no pet. h.)

Bugle Shipping Co. Ltd. v. Sheikh, No. 14-22-00470-CV, 2023 WL 7034213 (Tex. App.—Houston [14th Dist.] Oct. 26, 2023, no pet. h.) Successfully upheld trial court ruling which denied a defendant’s special appearance in a Jones Act case. Shelby J. White, Of Counsel

Bugle Shipping Co. Ltd. v. Sheikh, No. 14-22-00470-CV, 2023 WL 7034213 (Tex. App.—Houston [14th Dist.] Oct. 26, 2023, no pet. h.) Read More »

Valdiviez v. Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations, LLC, No. A-1-CA-36671, 2023 WL 5427953 (N.M. Ct. App. Aug. 23, 2023)

Valdiviez v. Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations, LLC, No. A-1-CA-36671, 2023 WL 5427953 (N.M. Ct. App. Aug. 23, 2023) Successfully convinced the New Mexico Court of Appeals to reverse the trial court’s dismissal for lack of personal jurisdiction in a wrongful death product liability case, holding that, under Ford Motor Co. v. Mont. Eighth Jud. Dist.

Valdiviez v. Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations, LLC, No. A-1-CA-36671, 2023 WL 5427953 (N.M. Ct. App. Aug. 23, 2023) Read More »

Law Offices of Domingo A. Garcia, P.C. v. Trosman, No. 07-22-00306-CV, 2023 WL 4753775 (Tex. App.—Amarillo July 25, 2023, no pet.)

Law Offices of Domingo A. Garcia, P.C. v. Trosman, No. 07-22-00306-CV, 2023 WL 4753775 (Tex. App.—Amarillo July 25, 2023, no pet.) Successfully reversed judgment in a contract action based on trial court’s denial of a motion to transfer venue. Shelby J. White, Of Counsel

Law Offices of Domingo A. Garcia, P.C. v. Trosman, No. 07-22-00306-CV, 2023 WL 4753775 (Tex. App.—Amarillo July 25, 2023, no pet.) Read More »

Nazarian v. Remarkable Healthcare of Carrollton, LP, No. 02-22-00324-CV, 2023 WL 3370721 (Tex. App.—Fort Worth May 11, 2023, no pet. h.) (mem. op.)

Nazarian v. Remarkable Healthcare of Carrollton, LP, No. 02-22-00324-CV, 2023 WL 3370721 (Tex. App.—Fort Worth May 11, 2023, no pet. h.) (mem. op.) Reversing Chapter 74 dismissal based on challenge to preliminary expert report in nursing home negligence case, finding that the expert’s “evidence-based inferences” did not constitute improper speculation. Dana Levy, Partner

Nazarian v. Remarkable Healthcare of Carrollton, LP, No. 02-22-00324-CV, 2023 WL 3370721 (Tex. App.—Fort Worth May 11, 2023, no pet. h.) (mem. op.) Read More »

Royalty Asset Holdings II, LP v. Bayswater Fund III-A LLC, No. 08-22-00108-CV, 2023 WL 2533169 (Tex. App.—El Paso Mar. 15, 2023, no pet. h.) (mem. op.)

Royalty Asset Holdings II, LP v. Bayswater Fund III-A LLC, No. 08-22-00108-CV, 2023 WL 2533169 (Tex. App.—El Paso Mar. 15, 2023, no pet. h.) (mem. op.) Successfully reversed a trial court’s order granting summary judgment in case involving royalties owed under oil and gas lease.  Discussing the legacy of the 1/8th royalty in Texas law

Royalty Asset Holdings II, LP v. Bayswater Fund III-A LLC, No. 08-22-00108-CV, 2023 WL 2533169 (Tex. App.—El Paso Mar. 15, 2023, no pet. h.) (mem. op.) Read More »

Olivares v. Chevron Phillips Chem. Co. LP, No. 05-22-00057-CV, 2023 WL 2494533 (Tex. App.—Dallas Mar. 14, 2023, no pet. h.) (mem. op.)

Olivares v. Chevron Phillips Chem. Co. LP, No. 05-22-00057-CV, 2023 WL 2494533 (Tex. App.—Dallas Mar. 14, 2023, no pet. h.) (mem. op.) Successfully reversed trial court’s order granting a plea to the jurisdiction in suit to recover personal injury damages against Chevron, holding that Chevron was not entitled to the worker’s compensation exclusive remedy defense

Olivares v. Chevron Phillips Chem. Co. LP, No. 05-22-00057-CV, 2023 WL 2494533 (Tex. App.—Dallas Mar. 14, 2023, no pet. h.) (mem. op.) Read More »

Livingston Land, LLC v. Brooker, No. A-1-CA-38948, 2023 WL 2017517 (N.M. App. Feb. 15, 2023)

Livingston Land, LLC v. Brooker, No. A-1-CA-38948, 2023 WL 2017517 (N.M. App. Feb. 15, 2023) Successfully convinced New Mexico Court of Appeals to affirm judgment rejecting contract and fraud claims against state licensed medical cannabis growers for failure to prove damages. Caren I. Friedman, Partner, Justin R. Kaufman, Partner, and Rosalind Bienvenu, Partner

Livingston Land, LLC v. Brooker, No. A-1-CA-38948, 2023 WL 2017517 (N.M. App. Feb. 15, 2023) Read More »

One World Bank v. Miller, No. 05-21-00705-CV, 2023 WL 333712 (Tex. App.—Dallas Jan. 20, 2023, no pet. h.) (mem. op.)

One World Bank v. Miller, No. 05-21-00705-CV, 2023 WL 333712 (Tex. App.—Dallas Jan. 20, 2023, no pet. h.) (mem. op.) Successfully defended grant of traditional and no evidence summary judgment in favor of buyer and award of attorney’s fees to buyer in the bank’s suit to sequester a vehicle dealership sold to a buyer in

One World Bank v. Miller, No. 05-21-00705-CV, 2023 WL 333712 (Tex. App.—Dallas Jan. 20, 2023, no pet. h.) (mem. op.) Read More »

Walker v. Carlsbad Med. Ctr., LLC, No. A-1-CA-40662, 2023 WL 209184 (N.M. Ct. App. Jan. 17, 2023)

Walker v. Carlsbad Med. Ctr., LLC, No. A-1-CA-40662, 2023 WL 209184 (N.M. Ct. App. Jan. 17, 2023) Successfully convinced the New Mexico Court of Appeals to reverse summary judgment in a medical malpractice case in which the defendant hospital administered incorrect blood pressure medications to the wrong patient, causing a life-threatening drop in blood pressure.

Walker v. Carlsbad Med. Ctr., LLC, No. A-1-CA-40662, 2023 WL 209184 (N.M. Ct. App. Jan. 17, 2023) Read More »

Aquifer Science v. Verhines, et al., 2023-NMCA-020, 527 P.3d 667 (2022)

Aquifer Science v. Verhines, et al., 2023-NMCA-020, 527 P.3d 667 (2022) Successfully defended decision to deny developer’s water application that would have impaired existing wells and would have been contrary to conservation of water in New Mexico, along with cost award, including post-judgment interest, to prevailing public interest group that opposed water application. Caren I.

Aquifer Science v. Verhines, et al., 2023-NMCA-020, 527 P.3d 667 (2022) Read More »

In re Guerra, No. 13-22-00305-CV, 2022 WL 4126021 (Tex. App.—Corpus Christi Sept. 9, 2022, orig. proceeding) (mem. op.)

In re Guerra, No. 13-22-00305-CV, 2022 WL 4126021 (Tex. App.—Corpus Christi Sept. 9, 2022, orig. proceeding) (mem. op.) Successfully defeated mandamus petition seeking to modify trial court’s order allowing defendant to conduct Rule 204 physical examination of the plaintiff, but requiring that it be performed by telemedicine. Rick Thompson, Partner

In re Guerra, No. 13-22-00305-CV, 2022 WL 4126021 (Tex. App.—Corpus Christi Sept. 9, 2022, orig. proceeding) (mem. op.) Read More »

Collado v. Fiesta Park Healthcare, LLC, 525 P.3d 378 (N.M. Ct. App. 022)

Collado v. Fiesta Park Healthcare, LLC, 525 P.3d 378 (N.M. Ct. App. 022) Assisted with briefing and strategy in defeating nursing home’s effort to overturn $11M verdict and, on cross-appeal, reinstating a jury finding that the various defendant-entities operated as a joint venture, making them all responsible for the nursing home’s conduct. Caren I. Friedman,

Collado v. Fiesta Park Healthcare, LLC, 525 P.3d 378 (N.M. Ct. App. 022) Read More »

Envision Radiology Tex. LP v. Trader, No. 05-20-00529-CV, 2022 WL 2826896 (Tex. App.—Dallas July 20, 2022, no pet.) (mem. op.)

Envision Radiology Tex. LP v. Trader, No. 05-20-00529-CV, 2022 WL 2826896 (Tex. App.—Dallas July 20, 2022, no pet.) (mem. op.) Successfully convinced court of appeals to dismiss medical provider’s interlocutory appeal for lack of subject matter jurisdiction where trial court granted the statutorily-provided 30-day extension to cure alleged deficiencies in the plaintiff’s Ch. 74 expert

Envision Radiology Tex. LP v. Trader, No. 05-20-00529-CV, 2022 WL 2826896 (Tex. App.—Dallas July 20, 2022, no pet.) (mem. op.) Read More »

Cobb v. Hansen, No. 05-19-01327-CV, 2022 WL 3499999 (Tex. App.—Dallas Aug. 18, 2022, no pet.) (mem. op.)

Cobb v. Hansen, No. 05-19-01327-CV, 2022 WL 3499999 (Tex. App.—Dallas Aug. 18, 2022, no pet.) (mem. op.) Successfully reversed a take-nothing judgment and remanded for a new trial in case against defendant-homeowners whose pizza oven exploded and burned Joseph Cobb.   The court of appeals determined that the trial court committed reversible error when it failed

Cobb v. Hansen, No. 05-19-01327-CV, 2022 WL 3499999 (Tex. App.—Dallas Aug. 18, 2022, no pet.) (mem. op.) Read More »

Mata v. Cade, No. CV 2:21-217 JCH/GJF, 2022 WL 1452898 (D. N.M. May 9, 2022)

Mata v. Cade, No. CV 2:21-217 JCH/GJF, 2022 WL 1452898 (D. N.M. May 9, 2022) Successfully moved for reconsideration of denial of motion to remand on behalf of a client who was seriously injured by a commercial motor vehicle in Lea County, New Mexico. On reconsideration, the district court agreed that federal diversity jurisdiction requires

Mata v. Cade, No. CV 2:21-217 JCH/GJF, 2022 WL 1452898 (D. N.M. May 9, 2022) Read More »

Bluebird Med. Enterprises, LLC v. Willis, 651 S.W.3d 486 (Tex. App.—Houston [14th Dist.] 2022, no pet.)

Bluebird Med. Enterprises, LLC v. Willis, 651 S.W.3d 486 (Tex. App.—Houston [14th Dist.] 2022, no pet.) Assuming, without deciding, that a motor vehicle collision involving an ambulance presented a health care liability claim, the court of appeals found that the plaintiffs’ preliminary expert reports satisfied the health care liability act when a paramedic outlined how

Bluebird Med. Enterprises, LLC v. Willis, 651 S.W.3d 486 (Tex. App.—Houston [14th Dist.] 2022, no pet.) Read More »

Tanner v. Tex. State Univ., 644 S.W.3d 747 (Tex. App.—Austin 2022, no pet. h.)

Tanner v. Tex. State Univ., 644 S.W.3d 747 (Tex. App.—Austin 2022, no pet. h.) Successfully reversed plea to the jurisdiction that dismissed plaintiff’s case, holding that diligence in service of process is not a jurisdictional “statutory prerequisite to a suit” under the Texas Tort Claims Act. Tammy Holt, Of Counsel

Tanner v. Tex. State Univ., 644 S.W.3d 747 (Tex. App.—Austin 2022, no pet. h.) Read More »

$1,265,000 FELA jury verdict in Johnson County against BNSF Railroad

$1,265,000 FELA jury verdict in Johnson County against BNSF Railroad Congratulations to Cynthia Huerta, David Glenn, Reed Morgan, Jake Glenn, and Kirk Pittard for their $1,265,000 jury verdict in Johnson County late on November 23, 2021.  They represented a plaintiff who had worked for BNSF railroad for 37 years until he injured his knee and

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Gateway Diagnostic Imaging, LLC v. Ratnasabapathy, No. 05-20-00817-CV, 2021 WL 3855634 (Tex. App.—Dallas Aug. 30, 2021, no pet.) (mem. op.)

Gateway Diagnostic Imaging, LLC v. Ratnasabapathy, No. 05-20-00817-CV, 2021 WL 3855634 (Tex. App.—Dallas Aug. 30, 2021, no pet.) (mem. op.) Affirming denial of Chapter 74 motion to dismiss and holding that trial court properly considered amended expert reports that plaintiff filed within 120 days of defendant’s answer. Dana Levy, Partner

Gateway Diagnostic Imaging, LLC v. Ratnasabapathy, No. 05-20-00817-CV, 2021 WL 3855634 (Tex. App.—Dallas Aug. 30, 2021, no pet.) (mem. op.) Read More »

Cirrus Design Corp. v. Berra, 633 S.W.3d 640 (Tex. App.—San Antonio 2021, no pet.)

Cirrus Design Corp. v. Berra, 633 S.W.3d 640 (Tex. App.—San Antonio 2021, no pet.) Affirming trial court’s order denying special appearance by an aircraft manufacturer in a wrongful death products liability case. The plaintiff’s husband was killed when his aircraft crashed in Bexar County. The Minnesota-based aircraft manufacturer challenged the court’s exercise of specific personal

Cirrus Design Corp. v. Berra, 633 S.W.3d 640 (Tex. App.—San Antonio 2021, no pet.) Read More »

In re C.A., No. 02-21-00018-CV, 2021 WL 2753533 (Tex. App.—Fort Worth July 1, 2021, orig. proceeding) (mem. op.)

In re C.A., No. 02-21-00018-CV, 2021 WL 2753533 (Tex. App.—Fort Worth July 1, 2021, orig. proceeding) (mem. op.) Successfully prevented the deposition of a severely impaired plaintiff before an examination to determine competency. An issue of first impression, the Fort Worth Court of Appeals found that Texas Rules of Evidence 104 and 601 apply to

In re C.A., No. 02-21-00018-CV, 2021 WL 2753533 (Tex. App.—Fort Worth July 1, 2021, orig. proceeding) (mem. op.) Read More »

Alford-Shaw v. Nicholson, No. 02-20-00387-CV, 2021 WL 2753508 (Tex. App.—Fort Worth July 1, 2021, pet. denied) (mem. op.)

Alford-Shaw v. Nicholson, No. 02-20-00387-CV, 2021 WL 2753508 (Tex. App.—Fort Worth July 1, 2021, pet. denied) (mem. op.) In wrongful death case arising out of an airplane crash, Independent Executrix of pilot’s estate objected to the Texas court’s exercise of jurisdiction over her because, she argued, she was not a citizen of Texas and the

Alford-Shaw v. Nicholson, No. 02-20-00387-CV, 2021 WL 2753508 (Tex. App.—Fort Worth July 1, 2021, pet. denied) (mem. op.) Read More »

In re Elara Signature Homes, Inc., No. 09-21-00068-CV, 2021 WL 1418235 (Tex. App.—Beaumont Apr. 15, 2021, orig. proceeding) (mem. op.)

In re Elara Signature Homes, Inc., No. 09-21-00068-CV, 2021 WL 1418235 (Tex. App.—Beaumont Apr. 15, 2021, orig. proceeding) (mem. op.) Successfully defeated petition for writ of mandamus filed by Defendants who did not want to answer discovery related to financial transactions among themselves in the face of allegations of fraudulent transfers. Dana Levy, Partner

In re Elara Signature Homes, Inc., No. 09-21-00068-CV, 2021 WL 1418235 (Tex. App.—Beaumont Apr. 15, 2021, orig. proceeding) (mem. op.) Read More »

Painter v. Amerimex Drilling I, Ltd., 632 S.W.3d 156 (Tex. App.—El Paso 2021, no pet.)

Painter v. Amerimex Drilling I, Ltd., 632 S.W.3d 156 (Tex. App.—El Paso 2021, no pet.) Successfully convinced court of appeals that summary judgment based on the Workers’ Compensation Act’s exclusive remedy provision was not proper where fact issues existed as to whether killed and injured passengers’ travel from drilling site to bunkhouse originated in or

Painter v. Amerimex Drilling I, Ltd., 632 S.W.3d 156 (Tex. App.—El Paso 2021, no pet.) Read More »

Martinez v. Boone, 624 S.W.3d 241 (Tex. App.—El Paso 2021, pet. filed)

Martinez v. Boone, 624 S.W.3d 241 (Tex. App.—El Paso 2021, pet. filed) Successfully convinced court of appeals to reverse summary judgment in favor of oil well services company as to its vicarious liability for collision caused by a worker returning to remote well site after purchasing necessary supplies.  The court of appeals found fact issues

Martinez v. Boone, 624 S.W.3d 241 (Tex. App.—El Paso 2021, pet. filed) Read More »

Schmidt v. Int’l Playthings LLC, 536 F.Supp.3d 856 (D. N.M. 2021)

Schmidt v. Int’l Playthings LLC, 536 F.Supp.3d 856 (D. N.M. 2021) In products liability case arising out of the choking death of a two-year-old child who died from choking on a Calico Critters toy, successfully defeated partial summary judgment filed by toy manufacturer, Epoch Everlasting Play, LLC and instead finding Epoch negligent per se because

Schmidt v. Int’l Playthings LLC, 536 F.Supp.3d 856 (D. N.M. 2021) Read More »

In re Jerry Gonzalez, Jr., No. 13-21-00025-CV, 2021 WL 689280 (Tex. App.—Corpus Christi Feb. 23, 2021, orig. proceeding) (mem. op.)

In re Jerry Gonzalez, Jr., No. 13-21-00025-CV, 2021 WL 689280 (Tex. App.—Corpus Christi Feb. 23, 2021, orig. proceeding) (mem. op.) Successfully defended trial court’s order granting motion to quash discovery sought, pursuant to In re North Cypress, “of the fees charged and accepted from other patients for the same medical services that were provided or

In re Jerry Gonzalez, Jr., No. 13-21-00025-CV, 2021 WL 689280 (Tex. App.—Corpus Christi Feb. 23, 2021, orig. proceeding) (mem. op.) Read More »

Healy v. Mowat-Cudd, No. 04-20-00479-CV, 2021 WL 603369 (Tex. App.—San Antonio Feb. 17, 2021, no pet.) (mem. op.)

Healy v. Mowat-Cudd, No. 04-20-00479-CV, 2021 WL 603369 (Tex. App.—San Antonio Feb. 17, 2021, no pet.) (mem. op.) Successful defense of Chapter 74 medical expert report by radiologist who testified regarding physician’s failure to diagnose Plaintiff’s breast cancer. Dana Levy, Partner

Healy v. Mowat-Cudd, No. 04-20-00479-CV, 2021 WL 603369 (Tex. App.—San Antonio Feb. 17, 2021, no pet.) (mem. op.) Read More »

Moreschini v. Grover, No. A-1-CA-38403, 2021 WL 398720 (N.M. Ct. App. Feb. 4, 2021)

Moreschini v. Grover, No. A-1-CA-38403, 2021 WL 398720 (N.M. Ct. App. Feb. 4, 2021) In a domestic relations appeal arising under the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act, the New Mexico Court of Appeals unanimously affirmed the judgment, including an attorney fee award. Caren I. Friedman, Partner

Moreschini v. Grover, No. A-1-CA-38403, 2021 WL 398720 (N.M. Ct. App. Feb. 4, 2021) Read More »

Murphy v. Arcos, 615 S.W.3d 676 (Tex. App.—Dallas 2020, pet. denied)

Murphy v. Arcos, 615 S.W.3d 676 (Tex. App.—Dallas 2020, pet. denied) On motion for rehearing en banc, successfully convinced panel to reverse itself and award Plaintiffs the total damages ($1,070,050) awarded by jury, rather than a drastically reduced amount ($200,000) based on the amount originally pled.  The court of appeals rejected its original position that

Murphy v. Arcos, 615 S.W.3d 676 (Tex. App.—Dallas 2020, pet. denied) Read More »

Enter. Crude GP LLC v. Sealy Partners, LLC, 614 S.W.3d 283 (Tex. App.—Houston [14th Dist.] 2020, no pet.)

Enter. Crude GP LLC v. Sealy Partners, LLC, 614 S.W.3d 283 (Tex. App.—Houston [14th Dist.] 2020, no pet.) The underlying case is an oil and gas dispute. another anti-slapp appeal. The Court of Appeals concluded that the trial court erred in denying Enterprise’s TCPA motion to dismiss as to several causes of action. Lara Hollingsworth,

Enter. Crude GP LLC v. Sealy Partners, LLC, 614 S.W.3d 283 (Tex. App.—Houston [14th Dist.] 2020, no pet.) Read More »

In re State Farm Mut. Auto. Ins. Co., 614 S.W.3d 316 (Tex. App.- Fort Worth 2020, orig. proceeding)

In re State Farm Mut. Auto. Ins. Co., 614 S.W.3d 316 (Tex. App.- Fort Worth 2020, orig. proceeding) Denial of State Farm’s mandamus petition seeking to avoid discovery in the uninsured/underinsured motorist context.  In doing so, the court of appeals discusses at length the distinction between a breach of contract claim against the UM/UIM insurer

In re State Farm Mut. Auto. Ins. Co., 614 S.W.3d 316 (Tex. App.- Fort Worth 2020, orig. proceeding) Read More »

Forsythe v. Ford Motor Co., S-1-SC-37761 & -37762, 2020 WL 6611059 (N.M. Nov. 12, 2020)

Forsythe v. Ford Motor Co., S-1-SC-37761 & -37762, 2020 WL 6611059 (N.M. Nov. 12, 2020) Successfully convinced the New Mexico Supreme Court to reinstate Plaintiffs’ appeal that was wrongly dismissed as untimely by the New Mexico Court of Appeals.  The Supreme Court held that the Court of Appeals improperly gave “greater weight to procedural formalities

Forsythe v. Ford Motor Co., S-1-SC-37761 & -37762, 2020 WL 6611059 (N.M. Nov. 12, 2020) Read More »

Vigil v. Ludwig-Vigil, No. A-1-CA-37912, 2020 WL 6155390 (N.M. App. Oct. 20, 2020)

Vigil v. Ludwig-Vigil, No. A-1-CA-37912, 2020 WL 6155390 (N.M. App. Oct. 20, 2020) In this domestic relations appeal, the Court of Appeals unanimously affirmed the district court’s method of calculating the community’s interest in Husband’s retirement benefits and valuing Wife’s share.  The Court of Appeals also affirmed the district court’s refusal to allow Wife’s late-disclosed

Vigil v. Ludwig-Vigil, No. A-1-CA-37912, 2020 WL 6155390 (N.M. App. Oct. 20, 2020) Read More »

Decker v. Columbia Med. Ctr. of Plano, No. 05-19-01508-CV, 2020 WL 6073880 (Tex. App.—Dallas Oct. 15, 2020, pet. denied) (mem. op.).

Decker v. Columbia Med. Ctr. of Plano, No. 05-19-01508-CV, 2020 WL 6073880 (Tex. App.—Dallas Oct. 15, 2020, pet. denied) (mem. op.). Successfully reversed a Chapter 74 dismissal, holding that a cardiologist with hospital administration experience was qualified to opine as to a hospital’s policies and procedures for providing cardiac care. Dana Levy, Partner

Decker v. Columbia Med. Ctr. of Plano, No. 05-19-01508-CV, 2020 WL 6073880 (Tex. App.—Dallas Oct. 15, 2020, pet. denied) (mem. op.). Read More »

Gonzales Nursing Operations, LLC v. Smith, No. 04-20-00102-CV, 2020 WL 5646482 (Tex. App.—San Antonio Sept. 23, 2020, pet. denied) (mem. op).

Gonzales Nursing Operations, LLC v. Smith, No. 04-20-00102-CV, 2020 WL 5646482 (Tex. App.—San Antonio Sept. 23, 2020, pet. denied) (mem. op). Successfully dismissed interlocutory appeal for lack of jurisdiction by independent contractor who contracted with a government entity to manage a nursing home. Claiming derivative sovereign immunity, the contractor sought to appeal the trial court’s

Gonzales Nursing Operations, LLC v. Smith, No. 04-20-00102-CV, 2020 WL 5646482 (Tex. App.—San Antonio Sept. 23, 2020, pet. denied) (mem. op). Read More »

$12.5 million settlement in an 18-wheeler-motorcycle collision case in Rockwall County

$12.5 million settlement in an 18-wheeler-motorcycle collision case in Rockwall County After a two-week trial, DP&S partner, Kirk Pittard, along with a trial team that included Steve Laird, Seth McCloskey, Tim Brandenburg, and Pete Kestner, secured a $12.5 million settlement in an 18-wheeler-motorcycle collision case in Rockwall County.  The collision occurred when the plaintiff, who

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Shiloh Treatment Center, Inc. v. Ward, 608 S.W.3d 337 (Tex. App.—Houston [1st Dist.] 2020, pet. denied)

Shiloh Treatment Center, Inc. v. Ward, 608 S.W.3d 337 (Tex. App.—Houston [1st Dist.] 2020, pet. denied) Affirming denial of second Chapter 74 motion to dismiss filed by operators of facilities for young people with mental disabilities filed after unsuccessful appeal of the first Chapter 74 motion to dismiss, finding the law of the case doctrine

Shiloh Treatment Center, Inc. v. Ward, 608 S.W.3d 337 (Tex. App.—Houston [1st Dist.] 2020, pet. denied) Read More »

Lopez/Romero v. Ford Motor Co., D-101-cv-2019-03306 (N.M. Dist. Ct. June 26, 2020)

Lopez/Romero v. Ford Motor Co., D-101-cv-2019-03306 (N.M. Dist. Ct. June 26, 2020) Working with trial counsel The Tracy Firm and Williams Injury Law on behalf of a minor client who was seriously injured in a rollover, DP&S defeated Defendant Ford Motor Company’s motion to dismiss on personal jurisdiction grounds. As it had in past cases,

Lopez/Romero v. Ford Motor Co., D-101-cv-2019-03306 (N.M. Dist. Ct. June 26, 2020) Read More »

$40.5M verdict in wrongful death/trucking case in Santa Fe County

$40.5M verdict in wrongful death/trucking case in Santa Fe County DP&S’s Justin Kaufman and Rosalind Bienvenu worked with the trial team from Sico Hoelscher Harris LLP (Craig Sico, David Harris, and Louie Cook) in a two-week trial in Santa Fe, New Mexico that resulted in a significant plaintiff’s verdict.  The case was brought on behalf

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Hurd v. Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp., No. 20-CV-262 JAP/GBW (D. N.M. June 12, 2020)

Hurd v. Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp., No. 20-CV-262 JAP/GBW (D. N.M. June 12, 2020) Successfully defeated motion to dismiss filed by Defendant Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp. in a case alleging that Novartis hid serious side effects of its blood cancer drug Tasigna, finding that the plaintiff was not required to preemptively refute Novartis’ affirmative defenses by alleging

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Texas Children’s Hosp. v. Knight, 604 S.W.3d 162 (Tex. App.—Houston [14th Dist.] 2020, pet. filed)

Texas Children’s Hosp. v. Knight, 604 S.W.3d 162 (Tex. App.—Houston [14th Dist.] 2020, pet. filed) Affirming denial of Chapter 74 motions to dismiss filed by various health care providers, finding that challenged experts were qualified and that their reports satisfied Chapter 74’s gatekeeping functions in all respects. Dana Levy, Partner

Texas Children’s Hosp. v. Knight, 604 S.W.3d 162 (Tex. App.—Houston [14th Dist.] 2020, pet. filed) Read More »

Pennington v. Fields, No. 05-19-00149-CV, 2020 WL 2611251 (Tex. App.—Dallas May 22, 2020, pet. denied) (mem. op.)

Pennington v. Fields, No. 05-19-00149-CV, 2020 WL 2611251 (Tex. App.—Dallas May 22, 2020, pet. denied) (mem. op.) Successfully reversed summary judgment in majority shareholders’ favor and rendered summary judgment in favor of minority owner in a closely -held corporation, holding that Retiring Shareholder provision of Cross Purchase Agreement required remaining shareholders to purchase retiring shareholder’s

Pennington v. Fields, No. 05-19-00149-CV, 2020 WL 2611251 (Tex. App.—Dallas May 22, 2020, pet. denied) (mem. op.) Read More »

Osburn v. Baker, No. 04-19-00568-CV, 2020 WL 2441426 (Tex. App.—San Antonio May 13, 2020, no pet.)

Osburn v. Baker, No. 04-19-00568-CV, 2020 WL 2441426 (Tex. App.—San Antonio May 13, 2020, no pet.) Successfully reversed no evidence and traditional summary judgment in a dog bite case, convincing court of appeals that Plaintiff’s claims of strict liability, negligent handling, and gross negligence were supported by deposition testimony that dog was “leery” around strangers,

Osburn v. Baker, No. 04-19-00568-CV, 2020 WL 2441426 (Tex. App.—San Antonio May 13, 2020, no pet.) Read More »

Poledore v. Daniel, No. 05-18-01278-CV, 2020 WL 1685333 (Tex. App.—Dallas April 7, 2020, no pet. h.) (mem. op.)

Poledore v. Daniel, No. 05-18-01278-CV, 2020 WL 1685333 (Tex. App.—Dallas April 7, 2020, no pet. h.) (mem. op.) Successfully defeated appeal by client’s incarcerated ex-husband who complained about the notice given him of a bench trial on his partition suit, and who complained about a motion for continuance of that trial so that the ex-husband

Poledore v. Daniel, No. 05-18-01278-CV, 2020 WL 1685333 (Tex. App.—Dallas April 7, 2020, no pet. h.) (mem. op.) Read More »

Fair Oaks Housing Partners, LP v. Hernandez, 616 S.W.3d 602 (Tex. App.—Houston [14th Dist.] 2020, no pet.)

Fair Oaks Housing Partners, LP v. Hernandez, 616 S.W.3d 602 (Tex. App.—Houston [14th Dist.] 2020, no pet.) Successfully dismissed an appeal from a 2014 default judgment for lack of jurisdiction, rejecting the defendants’ argument that the default judgment was interlocutory because an unserved defendant was never nonsuited.  The court concluded that the default judgment was

Fair Oaks Housing Partners, LP v. Hernandez, 616 S.W.3d 602 (Tex. App.—Houston [14th Dist.] 2020, no pet.) Read More »

In re Eagleridge Operating, LLC, No. 05-19-01171-CV, 2020 WL 408409 (Tex. App.—Dallas Jan. 24, 2020, orig. proceeding) (mem. op.)

In re Eagleridge Operating, LLC, No. 05-19-01171-CV, 2020 WL 408409 (Tex. App.—Dallas Jan. 24, 2020, orig. proceeding) (mem. op.) Denying mandamus relief, finding that trial court did not abuse its discretion in striking responsible third party designation by owner of gas facility of former minority-interest owner and contract-operator.  The court of appeals held that the

In re Eagleridge Operating, LLC, No. 05-19-01171-CV, 2020 WL 408409 (Tex. App.—Dallas Jan. 24, 2020, orig. proceeding) (mem. op.) Read More »

Aquifer Science, LLC v. Verhines, et al., D-202-cv-2014-07209 (N.M. Dist. Ct. Jan. 27, 2020)

Aquifer Science, LLC v. Verhines, et al., D-202-cv-2014-07209 (N.M. Dist. Ct. Jan. 27, 2020) Working with trial counsel Paul Hultin and the New Mexico Environmental Law Center, who had previously secured an important ground water victory after a 2-week bench trial on behalf of the San Pedro Creek Homeowners’’ Association and other homeowners, DP&S prevailed

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Kemp v. Brenham, No. 05-18-01377-CV, 2020 WL 205313 (Tex. App.—Dallas Jan. 14, 2020, pet. denied) (mem. op.)

Kemp v. Brenham, No. 05-18-01377-CV, 2020 WL 205313 (Tex. App.—Dallas Jan. 14, 2020, pet. denied) (mem. op.) Reversed and rendered take nothing judgment on claims of constructive eviction, finding that landlord-tenant relationship no longer existed at the time the former tenant was locked out of the property, and no evidence that the tenant abandoned the

Kemp v. Brenham, No. 05-18-01377-CV, 2020 WL 205313 (Tex. App.—Dallas Jan. 14, 2020, pet. denied) (mem. op.) Read More »

Lane v. Manfre, No. 05-18-01305-CV, 2020 WL 104625 (Tex. App.—Dallas Jan. 9, 2020, pet. denied) (mem. op.)

Lane v. Manfre, No. 05-18-01305-CV, 2020 WL 104625 (Tex. App.—Dallas Jan. 9, 2020, pet. denied) (mem. op.) Affirmed summary judgment in favor of ex-husband on ex-wife’s assault claims based on prior settlement agreement that includes those same claims as part of parties’ divorce. Thad D. Spalding, Partner

Lane v. Manfre, No. 05-18-01305-CV, 2020 WL 104625 (Tex. App.—Dallas Jan. 9, 2020, pet. denied) (mem. op.) Read More »

Brazos Contractors Dev., Inc. v. Jefferson, 596 S.W.3d 291 (Tex. App.—Houston [14th Dist.] 2019, no pet. h.)

Brazos Contractors Dev., Inc. v. Jefferson, 596 S.W.3d 291 (Tex. App.—Houston [14th Dist.] 2019, no pet. h.) Successfully affirmed $2.15m verdict, with court of appeals upholding jury finding of negligence based on general contractor’s retention of contractual control over subcontractor, even where jury found that general contractor did not retain actual control.  Court of appeals

Brazos Contractors Dev., Inc. v. Jefferson, 596 S.W.3d 291 (Tex. App.—Houston [14th Dist.] 2019, no pet. h.) Read More »

Morris v. Ponce, 584 S.W.3d 922 (Tex. App.—Houston [14th Dist.] 2019, pet. filed)

Morris v. Ponce, 584 S.W.3d 922 (Tex. App.—Houston [14th Dist.] 2019, pet. filed) In matter of first impression, affirming denial of Chapter 74 motions to dismiss filed by newly-added nurses, holding that for purposes of section 74.351(a), an action does not commence as to each defendant until it is first named as a defendant. Dana

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Jennifer Caudillo, et. al., v. Clariant Corporation, et. al. (N.M. Dist. Ct. Nov. 27, 2019)

Jennifer Caudillo, et. al., v. Clariant Corporation, et. al. (N.M. Dist. Ct. Nov. 27, 2019) DP&S worked with trial counsel Sico Hoelscher Harris LLP on legal research, briefing, and strategy on various pre-trial motions including motions to exclude plaintiffs’ experts, a motion for spoliation sanctions against defendants, and a motion to exclude a defense expert. 

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Joseph/Acton v. Mitsubishi Motors Corp. et al., D-101-cv-2019-01124 (N.M. Dist. Ct. Nov. 14, 2019)

Joseph/Acton v. Mitsubishi Motors Corp. et al., D-101-cv-2019-01124 (N.M. Dist. Ct. Nov. 14, 2019) On behalf of The Tracy Firm, DP&S successfully defeated Defendant Mitsubishi Motors Corp.’s Motion to Dismiss for Lack of Personal Jurisdiction.  The Defendant had argued that New Mexico’s courts could not exercise specific jurisdiction over Mitsubishi due to its limited contacts

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Green/Smith v. Ford Motor Co., D-101-cv-2019-01083 (N.M. Dist. Ct. Nov. 12, 2019)

Green/Smith v. Ford Motor Co., D-101-cv-2019-01083 (N.M. Dist. Ct. Nov. 12, 2019) On behalf of trial counsel The Tracy Firm and Keller & Keller, successfully defeated Defendant Ford Motor Company’s personal jurisdiction challenge in this wrongful death/products liability case.  Ford argued that it should not be subject to the jurisdiction of New Mexico’s courts under

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Hulsey v. Attalla, No. 01-18-00189-CV, 2019 WL 3484082 (Tex. App.—Houston [1st Dist.] Aug. 1, 2019, no pet. h.) (mem. op.)

Hulsey v. Attalla, No. 01-18-00189-CV, 2019 WL 3484082 (Tex. App.—Houston [1st Dist.] Aug. 1, 2019, no pet. h.) (mem. op.) Affirming judgment following a jury trial concerning personal injuries suffered in an automobile collision.  In addition to rejecting the defendant’s many challenges to the jury’s causation and damage findings, the court of appeals also rejected

Hulsey v. Attalla, No. 01-18-00189-CV, 2019 WL 3484082 (Tex. App.—Houston [1st Dist.] Aug. 1, 2019, no pet. h.) (mem. op.) Read More »

Brieno v. Paccar, Inc., No. 17-cv-867 SCY/KBM, 2018 WL 3675234 (D.N.M. Aug. 2, 2019)

Brieno v. Paccar, Inc., No. 17-cv-867 SCY/KBM, 2018 WL 3675234 (D.N.M. Aug. 2, 2019) Working with trial counsel Guajardo & Marks, helped defeat Defendant Paccar, Inc.’s Motion to Dismiss for Lack of Jurisdiction.  The court approved of Plaintiff’s argument that Defendant Paccar Inc.’s compliance with the New Mexico Business Corporation Act constitutes consent to be

Brieno v. Paccar, Inc., No. 17-cv-867 SCY/KBM, 2018 WL 3675234 (D.N.M. Aug. 2, 2019) Read More »

Maxion v. State, No. 02-18-00176-CR, 2019 WL 3269324 (Tex. App.—Fort Worth July 18, 2019, pet. ref’d) (en banc)

Maxion v. State, No. 02-18-00176-CR, 2019 WL 3269324 (Tex. App.—Fort Worth July 18, 2019, pet. ref’d) (en banc) Obtained reversal on en banc reconsideration holding that issue previously decided on appeal was not properly raised. Shelby J. White, Of Counsel

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Barbara Tech. Corp. v. State Farm Lloyds, 589 S.W.3d 806 (Tex. 2019)

Barbara Tech. Corp. v. State Farm Lloyds, 589 S.W.3d 806 (Tex. 2019) In this hail damage case, the Texas Supreme Court effectively overruled the so-called Brashears rule to preserve a Texas Prompt Pay Act claim following an appraisal award in certain circumstances.  The Court was fractured with 5 justices in the majority, 1 justice concurring

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The Univ. of Tex. M.D. Anderson Cancer Ctr. v. McKenzie, 578 S.W.3d 506 (Tex. 2019)

The Univ. of Tex. M.D. Anderson Cancer Ctr. v. McKenzie, 578 S.W.3d 506 (Tex. 2019) Under the Texas Tort Claims Act, the State’s sovereign immunity is waived if a negligent decision is coupled with use of tangible personal property and the use proximately causes injury.  Because the Act does not require that the tangible personal

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Bay Oaks SNF, LLC v. Lancaster, No. 18-0793 (Tex. June 21, 2019)

Bay Oaks SNF, LLC v. Lancaster, No. 18-0793 (Tex. June 21, 2019) Successfully defeated a healthcare provider’s petition for review to the Texas Supreme Court by providing merits briefing demonstrating that because the expert report satisfied Chapter 74 of the Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code’s requirements regarding standard of care and causation as to

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Galindo v. Garner, No. 05-19-00061-CV, 2019 WL 2098689 (Tex. App.—Dallas May 14, 2019, no pet. h.) (mem. op.).

Galindo v. Garner, No. 05-19-00061-CV, 2019 WL 2098689 (Tex. App.—Dallas May 14, 2019, no pet. h.) (mem. op.). Successfully upheld an order denying a motion to transfer venue in a Texas Dram Shop Act case from Dallas County to Tarrant County on the basis that the plaintiffs had properly pleaded a cause of action against

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Schmidt v. Navistar, Inc., No. 18CV321 KG/KBM, 2019 WL 1024285 (D.N.M. Mar. 4, 2019)

Schmidt v. Navistar, Inc., No. 18CV321 KG/KBM, 2019 WL 1024285 (D.N.M. Mar. 4, 2019) Successfully defeating Rule 12(b)(2) motion to dismiss for lack of personal jurisdiction, re-affirming that a foreign corporation’s registration to do business in the state constitutes consent to New Mexico personal jurisdiction. Justin R. Kaufman, Partner and Rosalind Bienvenu, Partner

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Aquifer Science, LLC v. Verhines, et al., Cause No. D-202-CV-2014-07209 (2nd Jud. D. N.M. Jan. 29, 2019).

Aquifer Science, LLC v. Verhines, et al., Cause No. D-202-CV-2014-07209 (2nd Jud. D. N.M. Jan. 29, 2019). The Second Judicial District Court of New Mexico applied the “conservation” element of the state’s ground water permit statute, NMSA 72-12-3, to uphold the Office of the State Engineer’s denial of a major developer’s (Aquifer Science) application to

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Mitropoulos v. Pineda, No. 01-17-00795-CV, 2018 WL 6205855 (Tex. App.—Houston [1st Dist.] Nov. 29, 2018, no pet. h.) (mem. op.)

Mitropoulos v. Pineda, No. 01-17-00795-CV, 2018 WL 6205855 (Tex. App.—Houston [1st Dist.] Nov. 29, 2018, no pet. h.) (mem. op.) In dispute between commercial property neighbors, successfully convincing the court of appeals to reverse and render a take-nothing judgment on a jury verdict awarding lost rental income for breach of a settlement agreement, finding legally

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Mancilla v. TaxFree Shopping, Ltd., No. 05-18-00136, 2018 WL 6850951 (Tex. App.—Dallas Nov. 16, 2018, no pet.) (mem. op.)

Mancilla v. TaxFree Shopping, Ltd., No. 05-18-00136, 2018 WL 6850951 (Tex. App.—Dallas Nov. 16, 2018, no pet.) (mem. op.) Successfully defending trial court’s denial of an untimely motion to dismiss pursuant to the Texas Citizens’ Participation Act (the anti-SLAPP statute), finding the 60-day deadline to file the motion was not reset by an amended pleading

Mancilla v. TaxFree Shopping, Ltd., No. 05-18-00136, 2018 WL 6850951 (Tex. App.—Dallas Nov. 16, 2018, no pet.) (mem. op.) Read More »

Abshire v. Christus Health Se. Texas, 563 S.W.3d 219 (Tex. 2018) (per curiam)

Abshire v. Christus Health Se. Texas, 563 S.W.3d 219 (Tex. 2018) (per curiam) Successfully reversing court of appeals’ judgment and finding that expert report adequately addressed both causation and the applicable standard of care under Chapter 74 of the Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code and, importantly, confirming that the purpose of a claimant’s expert

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Pettway v. Olvera, No. 14-17-00532-CV, 2018 WL 4016949 (Tex. App.—Houston [14th Dist.] Aug. 23, 2018, no pet. h.) (mem. op.)

Pettway v. Olvera, No. 14-17-00532-CV, 2018 WL 4016949 (Tex. App.—Houston [14th Dist.] Aug. 23, 2018, no pet. h.) (mem. op.) Approving sufficiency of expert’s report under Chapter 74, rejecting attack on “believability” of expert’s preliminary report, and holding that a board-certified orthopedic surgeon is qualified to offer an opinion as to the standard of care

Pettway v. Olvera, No. 14-17-00532-CV, 2018 WL 4016949 (Tex. App.—Houston [14th Dist.] Aug. 23, 2018, no pet. h.) (mem. op.) Read More »

Chicas v. Bayerische Motoren Werke AG et al., D-101-cv-2018-03023 (N.M. Dist. Ct. Dec. 26, 2019)

Chicas v. Bayerische Motoren Werke AG et al., D-101-cv-2018-03023 (N.M. Dist. Ct. Dec. 26, 2019) DP&S assisted trial counsel Hossley & Embry in prevailing on a motion to dismiss filed by Defendant Bayerische Motoren Werke, AG (“BMW AG”).  BMW AG argued that it could not be subject to jurisdiction in New Mexico as a German

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Littell v. Houston Indep. Sch. Dist., 894 F.3d 616 (5th Cir. 2018)

Littell v. Houston Indep. Sch. Dist., 894 F.3d 616 (5th Cir. 2018) Reversing the dismissal of a civil rights case arising out of a sixth-grade assistant principal’s “mass, suspicionless strip search of the underwear of twenty-two preteen girls” in an effort to find a missing $50, finding that the search violated the girls’ constitutional rights

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Shillinglaw v. Baylor Univ., 05-17-00498-CV, 2018 WL 3062451 (Tex. App.—Dallas June 21, 2018, pet. denied)

Shillinglaw v. Baylor Univ., 05-17-00498-CV, 2018 WL 3062451 (Tex. App.—Dallas June 21, 2018, pet. denied) The underlying case was a defamation action filed by a fired Baylor coach against several regents. The appeal involved, you guessed it, the anti-slapp MTD the trial court granted. The Court of Appeals affirmed the district court’s grant of attorneys’

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In the Interest of C.E.C., a minor child, No. 05-17-01482-CV, 2018 WL 3062454 (Tex. App.—Dallas June 21, 2018, no pet.) (mem. op.)

In the Interest of C.E.C., a minor child, No. 05-17-01482-CV, 2018 WL 3062454 (Tex. App.—Dallas June 21, 2018, no pet.) (mem. op.) Successfully upholding judgment, under a clear and convincing evidence standard, terminating parental rights and imposing permanent injunction against a father convicted of child pornography, and placing the child with her grandparents. Thad D.

In the Interest of C.E.C., a minor child, No. 05-17-01482-CV, 2018 WL 3062454 (Tex. App.—Dallas June 21, 2018, no pet.) (mem. op.) Read More »

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