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Supreme Court of Texas Update: Abutahoun v. The Dow Chem. Co.

June 26, 2015 // 0 Comments

Abutahoun v. The Dow Chem. Co. No. 13-0175 Case summary written by Samantha Kelly, Articles Editor. JUSTICE GREEN delivered the unanimous opinion of the Court. Dow Chemical Company contracted with Win-Way Industries to install pipelines in Dow’s facility. Between 1967 and 1968, Robert Henderson, an employee of Win-Way, helped insulate pipes with a material containing asbestos. He was also exposed to asbestos by the actions of Dow employees who were installing, sawing, and removing asbestos [...]

Supreme Court of Texas Update: Shell Oil Co. v. Writt

June 25, 2015 // 0 Comments

Shell Oil Co. v. Writt No. 13-0552 Case Summary written by Allison Grayson, Online Edition Editor. JUSTICE JOHNSON delivered the opinion of the Court. In February 2007, a Shell contractor pled guilty to “paying bribes to Nigerian customs officials through Panalpina, Inc., a freight forwarding and customs clearing company used to import equipment for Shell’s Bonga Project, a deepwater oil and gas project off the coast of Nigeria.” Shortly thereafter, the Department of Justice (DOJ) alerted [...]

Supreme Court of Texas Update: Dacus v. Parker

June 23, 2015 // 0 Comments

Dacus v. Parker No. 13-0047 Case Summary written by Allison Grayson, Online Edition Editor. JUSTICE DEVINE delivered the opinion of the Court. A majority of voters in Houston amended their city charter to create a fund for drainage and streets, requiring Houston to obtain funding for the project. Plans for charging beneficiaries of the drainage system for their use were published in a local newspaper. The ballot did not mention these charges. After the vote, several voters “sought a [...]

Supreme Court of Texas Update: City of Dallas v. TCI West End, Inc.

June 22, 2015 // 0 Comments

City of Dallas v. TCI West End, Inc. No. 13-0795 Case summary written by Samantha Kelly, Articles Editor. Per curiam. TCI West End, Inc. demolished a building in a historic overlay district in Dallas. A city ordinance requires building owners, before demolition, to apply for a determination over whether buildings in a historic overlay district are subject to strict demolition requirements. The City of Dallas sued TCI for civil penalties for violation of this ordinance under § 54.017 of the [...]

Court of Criminal Appeals Update: Ex Parte Thomas Edward Castillo

June 19, 2015 // 0 Comments

Ex Parte Thomas Edward Castillo No. PD-0545-14 Case Summary written by Sarah Ellison, Articles Editor. JUSTICE HERVEY delivered the opinion of the Court. In 2000, the appellant married Carol Sanchez. Following their separation ten years later, the appellant snuck into Sanchez’s bedroom and murdered her new boyfriend, Rogelio “Ray” Nava, and inflicted stab injuries to Sanchez, which she survived. The appellant was charged in two separate indictments for capital murder and aggravated [...]

Supreme Court of Texas Update: Ross v. St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital

June 18, 2015 // 0 Comments

Ross v. St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital No. 13-0439 Case Summary written by Sara Thornton, Managing Editor. JUSTICE JOHNSON delivered the opinion of the Court. JUSTICE LEHRMANN, joined by JUSTICE DEVINE, concurred. JUSTICE BROWN did not participate in the decision. Factual Background: This case involved a premises liability suit brought under the Texas Medical Liability Act (TMLA). Lezlea Ross, who was visiting a patient at the hospital, fell near the entrance of St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital [...]