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U.S. 5th Circuit remands excessive force case holding fact question exists as to whether suspect who died during arrest was resisting or not

Darden v. City of Fort Worth, 16-11244, — F3d. –, 2018 WL 525640 (5th Circ. January 24, 2018) This is a §1983/excessive force/ wrongful death case where the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a trial court order granting … Continue reading

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Under PIA, school could reasonably anticipate litigation even though it was given only a “conditional” threat of suit

Appellant, B. W. B.// Cross-Appellant, Eanes Independent School District v. Appellee, Eanes Independent School District// Cross-Appellee, B. W. B.  03-16-00710-CV (Tex. App — Austin, January 10, 2018) This is a Public Information Act (“PIA”) and mandamus action where the Austin … Continue reading

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Trial Court could not properly issue TRO to enjoin city from considering annexation ordinance

In Re City of Pearland, 14-17-00921-CV (Tex. App. – Houston [14th Dist.], January 9, 2018) The 14th Court of Appeals in Houston granted the City’s petition for mandamus compelling a trial court to lift its temporary restraining order issued in … Continue reading

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Waco Court of Appeals holds property owner was precluded from bringing further claims for disannexation

Karen Hall v. City of Bryan, 10-16-00044-CV (Tex. App. –- Waco, January 3, 2018) This is a disannexation lawsuit where the Waco Court of Appeals affirmed the trial court’s summary judgment motion dismissing the Plaintiff’s claims for disannexation. This is … Continue reading

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Tyler Court of Appeals holds even though it was established more than 100 years ago and no street has been built, mere non-use of a dedicated road easement does not amount to abandonment.

The Jesus Christ Open Altar Church, et al. v. City of Hawkins, 12-17-00090-CV (Tex. App. – Tyler, December 21, 2017). This is a property dispute case in which the 12th Court of Appeals affirmed the trial court’s declaratory judgment regarding … Continue reading

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Dallas Court of Appeals disagrees with El Paso Court of Appeals and holds civil service commission dismissal of grievance is still subject to appeal to district court

Rodney D. Bailey v. Dallas County, et al.,  05-16-00789-CV (Tex. App. – Dallas, December 21, 2017) This is a county civil service case where the Dallas Court of Appeals affirmed-in-part and reversed-in-part the County Defendants’ plea to the jurisdiction filed … Continue reading

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El Paso Court of Appeals holds non-appearance jurors failed to show waiver of immunity in contempt/fee challenge case but should be allowed to amend.

Joshua Luttrell, et al v. El Paso County, et al., 08-16-00090-CV (Tex. App. – El Paso, December 20, 2017). There is no way to categorize this case in a single sentence. In the thirty-nine page opinion, the El Paso Court … Continue reading

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DFW may have waived immunity regarding contract for credit-card fee analysis due to presence of “good faith” revision clause

Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport Board v. Vizant Technologies, LLC Formerly known as P.E. Systems, LLC (Tex. App— Dallas, December 15, 2017) This is a contractual immunity case where the Dallas Court of Appeals affirmed-in-part and denied-in-part the Airport Board’s plea … Continue reading

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City and Officer who witnessed car accident immune from claims they “failed to protect and warn” of the impending collision

  Christopher Leron Clegg v. City of Fort Worth  02-17-00040-CV (Tex.App – Fort Worth, December 14, 2017) This is a Texas Tort Claims Act (“TTCA”) vehicle accident case where the Fort Worth Court of Appeals affirmed the granting of the … Continue reading