San Antonio Court of Appeals holds river authority can be compelled to attend contract arbitration

San Antonio River Authority v. Austin Bridge & Road, L.P. and Hayward Baker Inc. 04-16-00535-CV ( Tex.App— San Antonio, August 9, 2017) This is an interesting case where the issue of sovereign immunity impacts whether an entity is a “party’ … Continue reading


City held to be acting both in a proprietary capacity and a governmental capacity involving lease for mineral interests says Dallas Court of Appeals

The City of Dallas v. Trinity East Energy, LLC, 05-16-00349-CV(Tex.App— Dallas, February 7, 2017) This is an interlocutory appeal from the granting-in-part and denial-in-part of a plea to the jurisdiction involving an inverse condemnation claim for mineral interests. The Dallas … Continue reading


Texas Supreme Court holds contractor who rebuilt homes destroyed in hurricane for property owners was also providing “services” to Planning Commission, so Chapter 271 waiver of immunity applies.

BYRDSON SERVICES, LLC, D/B/A EXCELLO CONSTRUCTION, LLC v. SOUTH EAST TEXAS REGIONAL PLANNING COMMISSION, No. 15-0158 (Tex. December 23, 2016) After South East Texas Regional Planning Commission (“Planning Commission” or “Commission”) received federal hurricane relief funding it contracted with Byrdson … Continue reading


City waived immunity in breach of contract case for solid waste disposal services

City of Rio Grande City, Texas, and Joel Villarreal, Herman R. Garza III, Arcadio J. Salinas III, Rey Ramirez, and Dave Jones in their Official Capacities v. BFI Waste Services of Texas, LP d/b/a Allied Waste Services of Rio Grande … Continue reading


County’s immunity waived for both delay and disruption damages in breach of contract suit says 5th Court of Appeals

County of Galveston, Texas v. Triple B Services, LLP 01-15-00565-CV (Tex. App.- Houston[1st Dist.], May 26th 2016) This is a contractual immunity case involving a road construction project where the First District Court of Appeals affirmed-in-part and reversed-in-part the denial … Continue reading