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Supreme Court of Texas Update: Ingleside v. Corpus Christi

August 3, 2015 // 0 Comments

Ingleside v. Corpus Christi No. 14-0548 Case Summary written by Allison Grayson, Online Edition Editor. PER CURIUM. Corpus Christ enacted Ordinance 6636 in 1962, establishing “the ‘shoreline’ of Nueces Bay and Corpus Christ Bay as the boundary between Ingleside and Corpus Christi.” After the ordinance’s enactment, “Ingleside retain[ed] jurisdiction of the fast land located adjacent to the ‘shoreline’ while corpus Christi maintain[ed] jurisdiction over the land extending from the [...]

Court of Criminal Appeals Update: Campos v. Texas

July 31, 2015 // 0 Comments

Campos v. Texas Nos. PD-0054-15, PD-0055-15, PD-0056-15 Case Summary written by Allison Grayson, Online Edition Editor. PER CURIUM. After convicting the appellant of three counts of aggravated sexual assault, a jury “sentenced him to sixty-eight years imprisonment on each count.” During the trial, the court allowed the state of Texas to impeach the appellant, “over objection, with a conviction that was more than ten years old.” Applying “the common law tacking doctrine to the remote [...]

Court of Criminal Appeals Update: Paredes v. Texas

July 30, 2015 // 0 Comments

Paredes v. Texas No. PD-1043-14 Case Summary written by Sarah Ellison, Articles Editor. JUSTICE NEWELL delivered the opinion of the unanimous Court. The appellant, a member of a Houston-area gang, killed two men in the commission of a robbery. He then gave the t-shirt he wore during the commission of the crime to a fellow gang member and requested that she wash it. Instead of washing it, the gang member turned the t-shirt over to police and the t-shirt was sent to a private forensic laboratory, [...]

Supreme Court of Texas Update: Harris Cnty. Flood Control Dist. v. Kerr

July 27, 2015 // 0 Comments

Harris Cnty. Flood Control Dist. v. Kerr No. 13-0303 Case Summary written by Allison Grayson, Online Edition Editor. JUSTICE DEVINE delivered the opinion of the Court, in which CHIEF JUSTICE HECHT, JUSTICE GREEN, JUSTICE GUZMAN, and JUSTICE BOYD joined. More than 400 residents and homeowners in Harris County experienced flooding during “Tropical Storm Francis in 1998, Tropical Storm Allison in 2001, and an unnamed storm in 2002.” In response to the flooding, the homeowners blamed “Harris [...]

Supreme Court of Texas Update: Molina v. Alvarado

July 26, 2015 // 0 Comments

Molina v. Alvarado No. 14-0536 Case Summary written by Allison Grayson, Online Edition Editor. PER CURIUM. Elias Alvarado filed a lawsuit against the City of McCamey for negligence and negligence per se after an accident with Jesus Molina. Alvarado claimed that Molina “was driving a city vehicle under the influence of alcohol when he struck Alvarado’s vehicle.” In suing the City, Alvarado argued that Molina was working within the scope of his employment with the City when the accident [...]

Supreme Court of Texas Update: Andrews Cnty. v. Sierra Club

July 25, 2015 // 0 Comments

Andrews Cnty. v. Sierra Club No. 14-0214 Case Summary written by Allison Grayson, Online Edition Editor. PER CURIUM. In this case, the court of appeals concluded that the Texas Citizens Participation Act’s “clear and specific evidence” requirement “indicated an elevated evidentiary standard that did not permit the use of circumstantial evidence or reasonable inferences to support the plaintiff’s prima facie case.” Further, the court of appeals concluded that Andrews County failed to [...]

Supreme Court of Texas Update: Gonzalez v. Ramirez

July 24, 2015 // 0 Comments

Gonzalez v. Ramirez No. 14-0107 Case Summary written by Ross Smith, Articles Editor. Per Curiam. Cuahutemoc Gonzalez owned Gonzalez Farms. He contracted multiple companies, including 3R/Garcia Trucking, which was owned by Robert Garcia, to transport silage from Chester Farms to the Littlefield Feed Yard. Garcia hired Raymond Ramirez to drive a tandem truck, and on his first trip to the feed yard one of his tires blew out. Ramirez lost control of the truck and it traveled into oncoming traffic, [...]

Supreme Court of Texas Update: In re Longview Energy Company

July 23, 2015 // 0 Comments

In re Longview Energy Company No. 14-0175 Case Summary written by Ross Smith, Articles Editor. CHIEF JUSTICE HECHT delivered the opinion of the Court. Longview Energy Company is an exploration and production company that was pursuing prospects in the Texas Eagle Ford Shale. Huff Energy Fund owned 39% of Longview’s stock in 2009. Huff Energy also controlled two seats on Longview’s board of directors, which were occupied by William R Huff and Rick D’Angelo. Despite their relationship, Huff [...]

Supreme Court of Texas Update: Life Partners, Inc. v. Arnold

July 22, 2015 // 0 Comments

Life Partners, Inc. v. Arnold No. 14-0122 Case Summary written by Ross Smith, Articles Editor. JUSTICE BOYD delivered the opinion of the Court This case was two consolidated cases, one class action lawsuit wherein Michael and Janet Arnold along with others brought claims against Life Partners, Inc. for violating the Texas Securities Act “by selling unregistered securities and materially misrepresenting to purchasers that they were not, in fact securities” and one from the State of Texas [...]

Supreme Court of Texas Update: In re Mem’l Hermann Hosp. Sys.

July 21, 2015 // 0 Comments

In re Mem’l Hermann Hosp. Sys. No. 14-0171 Case Summary written by Allison Grayson, Online Edition Editor. JUSTICE WILLETT delivered the opinion of the Court. Doctor Miguel Gomez filed suit against “Memorial Hermann Hospital System, Memorial Hermann Physician Network, Michael P. Macris, M.D., Michael P. Macris, M.D., P.A., and Keith Alexander” (the defendants) for “business disparagement, defamation, tortious interference with prospective business relations, and improper restraint of [...]
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