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

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13th Court of Appeals affirms take nothing judgment in favor of TxDOT for premise liability/flooding death case

  Geoffrey Lucker v. Texas Department of Transportation 13-16-00380-CV( Tex.App—Corpus Christi, August 3, 2017) This is a premise liability case where the 13th Court of Appeals affirmed the granting of jury verdict in favor of TxDOT TxDOT received information water … Continue reading

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14th Court of Appeals holds administering drug is the “use” of tangible personal property for immunity purposes

University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center v. Lance McKenzie, Individually and as Representative of the Estate of Courtney McKenzie-Thue (Deceased), Deborah Diver, Individually and As Next Friend of Jensen O’Hara, a Minor 14-16-00681-CV (Tex.App—Houston [14th District] August 3, 2017) … Continue reading

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Officer and Police Chief entitled to dismissal under sec. 101.106(f) of Texas Tort Claims Act after alleged assault during arrest

John M. Donohue v. City of Boerne Chief of Police James Koehler, Officer Pablo Morales, and Martha L. Donohue, 04-16-00190-CV ( Tex.App—San Antonio, March 8,2017) This is a Texas Tort Claims Act case where the San Antonio Court of Appeals … Continue reading

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State immune from suit for mineral interest relating back to Spanish land grant

Galan Family Trust v. State of Texas, et al, 03-15-00816-CV (Tex.App— Austin, February 24, 2017) This is an inverse-condemnation/trespass-to-try-title case where the Austin Court of Appeals affirmed the dismissal of the Plaintiff’s claims. The Galan Family Trust (“Trust” or “Plaintiff”) … Continue reading

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Texas Supreme Court changes the standards for terminating police officers under Chapter 614

Colorado County, et al., v Marc Staff, NO. 15-0912 (Tex., February 3, 2017). This is a Chapter 614 law enforcement termination case where the Texas Supreme Court changed some of the standards for investigating, disciplining, and terminating police officers.  The … Continue reading

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Citizen thrown out of city council meeting allowed to go forward with some, but not all claims against presiding council member and police officer

Heaney v. Roberts, No. 15-31088 (5th Cir. January 23, 2017) This is a First Amendment retaliation/discrimination case where the Plaintiff, Heaney, was ejected from a city council meeting allegedly due to his statements at the meeting. On September 18, 2013, … Continue reading

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Austin Court of Appeals grants TABC plea to the jurisdiction in PIA lawsuit by requestor

McLane Company, Inc. v. Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission, et al., No.03-16-00415-CV (Tex. App. – Austin, February 1, 2017). This is a Texas Public Information Act (“PIA”) request lawsuit where the Austin Court of Appeals affirmed the granting of several pleas … Continue reading

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Chief Justice of 13th Court of Appeals not entitled to qualified immunity in First Amendment retaliation in employment suit by staffing attorney

Anderson v. State of Texas, No.15-40836 (5th Cir. January 10, 2017) This is a First Amendment in employment case where the U.S. 5th Circuit denied a judge’s claim for qualified immunity while acting in his administrative capacity. This is a … Continue reading