May 2008 Cases Decided by the First Court of Appeals - Houston, Texas
(Tex. App.- Houston [1st Dist.] 2008)
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May 2008 Decision and Opinion Release Dates:  

May  1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 22, 29, 2008

MAY 2008 CIVIL CASE TABLE

MAY 2008 DECIDED CASES (with links to opinions in civil cases)

May 29, 2008

Civil Causes Decided:

Brown v. Xie (Tex.App.- Houston [1st Dist.] May 29, 2008 )(Alcala) (TTCA, defamation, dismissal of employee)
REVERSE TC JUDGMENT AND RENDER JUDGMENT: Opinion by Justice Alcala
Before Chief Justice Radack, Justices Alcala and Bland
01-05-00137-CV Barbara Brown, Dan Fontaine, Dr. James Abbruzzese and U.T.M.D. Anderson Cancer Center v.
Ke-Ping Xie, M.D., Ph.D.
Appeal from 215th District Court of Harris County
Trial Court
Judge: Hon. Levi J. Benton  

Hartford Fire Ins. Co. v. C. Springs 300, Ltd. (Tex.App.- Houston [1st Dist.] May 29, 2008)(Radack) (construction law,
bonding)
REVERSE TC JUDGMENT AND RENDER JUDGMENT: Opinion by Chief Justice Radack  
Before Chief Justice Radack, Justices Alcala and Bland
01-06-00065-CV Hartford Fire Insurance Company v. C. Springs 300, Ltd.
Appeal from 270th District Court of Harris County
Trial Court
Judge: Hon. Brent Gamble  

Ashdon, Inc. v. Gary Brown and Assoc. (Tex.App.- Houston [1st Dist.] May 29, 2008)(Keyes) (special apperance,
breach of contract, conversion)
AFFIRM TC JUDGMENT: Opinion by Justice Keyes
Before Justices Taft, Keyes and Alcala)
01-06-01186-CV Ashdon, Inc. d/b/a Impression Bridal and Emme Bridal, Inc. v. Gary Brown & Associates, Inc., and
Gary Brown, Individually
Appeal from County Court at Law No 4 of Fort Bend County
Trial Court Judge: Hon. R.H. Bielstein  

DISMISS APPEAL: Per Curiam  (dismissed by appellant)
Before Justices Taft, Jennings and Bland
01-07-00134-CV Avis Rent A Car System, Inc. v. Christopher Simon and Kiondrix Smith
Appeal from Co Civil Ct at Law No 1 of Harris County

TDCJ v. Jackson (Tex.App.- Houston [1st Dist.] May 29, 2008)(Radack)
(
government entities, prisoner suit, defendant prevails with immunity plea on appeal)
REVERSE TC JUDGMENT AND RENDER JUDGMENT: Opinion by Chief Justice Radack  
Before Chief Justice Radack, Justices Jennings and Bland
01-07-00477-CV Texas Department of Criminal Justice v. Donald C. Jackson
Appeal from 412th Judicial District Court of Brazoria County
Trial Court Judge: The Honorable W. Edwin Denman  

Gordon v. Jones (Tex.App.- Houston [1st Dist.] May 29, 2008)(Radack)
(
real estate law, trespass to try title action, TTTT, multiple appeals)
AFFIRM TC JUDGMENT: Opinion by Chief Justice Radack
Before Chief Justice Radack, Justices Jennings and Bland
01-07-00500-CV Ronald X. Gordon v. Mildred Jones
Appeal from 268th District Court of Fort Bend County
Trial Court Judge: Hon. Brady G. Elliott  

Adebo v. Litton Loan Servicing, LP (Tex.App. - Houston [1st Dist.] May 29, 2008)(Radack)
(
real estte law, no wrongful foreclosure)
AFFIRM TC JUDGMENT: Opinion by Chief Justice Radack  
Before Chief Justice Radack, Justices Keyes and Higley)
01-07-00708-CV Adekunle Adebo v. Litton Loan Servicing, L.P.
Appeal from 189th District Court of Harris County
Trial Court
Judge: Hon. William R. Burke, Jr.  

Guillory v. DFPS (Tex.App.- Houston [1st Dist.] May 29, 2008)(per curiam) (reversed pursuant to settlement
agreement, new trial)
REVERSE TC JUDGMENT AND REMAND CASE TO TC FOR FURTHER PROCEEDINGS: Per Curiam  
Before Chief Justice Radack, Justices Keyes and Higley)
01-07-00735-CV Barbara Guillory v. Department of Family and Protective Services
Appeal from 314th District Court of Harris County
Trial Court Judge: Hon. John Phillips  

The City of Pasadena, Texas v. Kuhn (Tex.App.- Houston [1st Dist.] May 29, 2008) (Keyes)
(
TTCA, collision with emergency vehicle, immunity claim) (denial of plea to the jurisdiction reversed)
REVERSE TC JUDGMENT AND RENDER JUDGMENT: Opinion by Justice Keyes  
Before Justices Taft, Keyes and Alcala
01-07-00812-CV The City of Pasadena, Texas v. Roland C. Kuhn
Appeal from 80th District Court of Harris County
Trial Court
Judge: Hon. Lynn Bradshaw-Hull  

DISMISS APPEAL: Per Curiam  (DWOP, nonpayment of fees)
Before Chief Justice Radack, Justices Keyes and Higley)
01-08-00049-CV Steven McBride v. The Grocer's Supply Co., Inc.
Appeal from
55th District Court of Harris County

DISMISS PETITION FOR WRIT OF MANDAMUS: Per Curiam  (dropped by relator)
Before Chief Justice Radack, Justices Keyes and Higley)
01-08-00385-CV In re Rapid Settlements, Ltd.
Appeal from
11th District Court of Harris County

Criminal Causes Decided:

AFFIRM TC JUDGMENT: Opinion by Chief Justice Radack
(Before Chief Justice Radack, Justices Jennings and Bland)
01-06-00400-CR Desmond Joseph McBride v. The State of Texas--Appeal from Co Civil Ct at Law No 1 of Harris
County

AFFIRM TC JUDGMENT: Per Curiam
(Before Chief Justice Radack, Justices Jennings and Bland)
01-06-00788-CR David Alex Thompson v. The State of Texas--Appeal from 339th District Court of Harris County

AFFIRM TC JUDGMENT: Opinion by Justice Higley
(Before Chief Justice Radack, Justices Keyes and Higley)
01-07-00337-CR Derrick Cardell Mcleod v. The State of Texas--Appeal from 232nd District Court of Harris County

AFFIRM TC JUDGMENT: Per Curiam
(Before Chief Justice Radack, Justices Keyes and Higley)
01-07-00629-CR Jaime Torres v. The State of Texas--Appeal from 339th District Court of Harris County

AFFIRM TC JUDGMENT: Per Curiam
(Before Chief Justice Radack, Justices Keyes and Higley)
01-07-00630-CR Jaime Torres v. The State of Texas--Appeal from 339th District Court of Harris County

AFFIRM TC JUDGMENT: Per Curiam
(Before Chief Justice Radack, Justices Keyes and Higley)
01-07-00631-CR Jaime Torres v. The State of Texas--Appeal from 339th District Court of Harris County

AFFIRM TC JUDGMENT: Opinion by Justice Higley  
(Before Chief Justice Radack, Justices Keyes and Higley)
01-07-00666-CR Jose Vasquez v. The State of Texas--Appeal from 182nd District Court of Harris County

DISMISS PETITION FOR WRIT OF HABEAS CORPUS: Per Curiam  
(Before Chief Justice Radack, Justices Keyes and Higley)
01-08-00361-CR Peter Silva v. The State of Texas--Appeal from 262nd District Court of Harris County

DISMISS APPEAL: Per Curiam
(Before Chief Justice Radack, Justices Keyes and Higley)
01-08-00413-CR James Crumbley v. The State of Texas--Appeal from 338th District Court of Harris County

May 22, 2008

Civil Causes Decided:

Astolfo v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. (Tex.App.- Houston [1st Dist.] May 22, 2008)(Taft)
(
premises liability, store, falling objects)
AFFIRM TC JUDGMENT: Opinion by Justice Taft  
Before Justices Taft, Keyes and Alcala)
01-06-00486-CV Patricia Astolfo and Harry Astolfo v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc.
Appeal from 55th District Court of Harris County
Trial Court
Judge: Hon. Jeffrey Brown  
Attorneys: Nuru Lateef Witherspoon, David L. Pacione

Reed v. REO Properties Corp. (Tex.App.- Houston [1st Dist.] May 22, 2008)(Alcala)
(waiver of appeal, inadequate briefing)
AFFIRM TC JUDGMENT: Opinion by Justice Alcala  
Before Justices Nuchia, Alcala and Hanks
01-06-00637-CV Willis C. Reed v. REO Properties Corp.
Appeal from County Civil Court at Law No 4 of Harris County
Trial Court Judge:
Hon. Roberta A. Lloyd  
Representatives of parties: Appellant pro se Appellee: Attorney Rex L. Kesler

Capital Finance & Commerce AG v. First International Oil (Tex.App.- Houston [1st Dist.] May 22, 2008)(Radack)
(foreign defendant,
interlocutory appeal of special appearance)
AFFIRM TC JUDGMENT: Opinion by Chief Justice Radack  
Before Chief Justice Radack, Justices Hanks and Higley
01-06-00822-CV Capital Finance & Commerce AG v. First International Oil Corporation n/k/a First International Oil Co.,
Ltd; FIOC Holder Representative, L.L.C.; Daniel Idzal; Bill D. Holland; Dennis B. Tower; and Sinopec Overseas Oil &
Gas, Ltd.--Appeal from 55th District Court of Harris County
Trial Court Judge: The
Honorable Jeffrey Vince Brown  
Attorneys: Attorney John E. O'Neill, Reagan D. Pratt, Maria Wyckoff Boyce , Rebeca Aizpuru Huddle,  Rosemarie
Donnelly, Sylvia A. Matthews, Joe C. Holzer, Kendall M. Gray Joe C. Holzer

Kindsfather v. Green (Tex.App.- Houston [1st Dist.] May 22, 2008)(Taft)(real estate law, forged deed)
AFFIRM TC JUDGMENT: Opinion by Justice Taft  
Before Justices Taft, Keyes and Alcala
01-06-01111-CV Ray Kindsfather v. Frank Green
Appeal from 113th District Court of Harris County
Trial Court Judge:
Hon. Patricia Hancock
Appellante: Ray Kindsfather, pro se; Appellee's attorney: Erin L. Westendorf, John Hagaman Polk

Melendez v. De Lemos (Tex.App. - Houston [1st Dist.] May 22, 2008)(Radack)
(
construction law, summary judgment, arbitration)
AFFIRM TC JUDGMENT: Opinion by Chief Justice Radack  
Before Chief Justice Radack, Justices Alcala and Bland
01-07-00115-CV Roberto Melendez v. David and Helen De Lemos
Appeal from 189th District Court of Harris County
Trial Court
Judge: Hon. William R. Burke, Jr.  
Attorneys: William M. Walls,  William B. Westcott, David D. Peden  Nancy Hahn Elliott

Ozark Capital Corp. V. Udall (Tex.App.- Houston May 22, 2008)(per curiam)(failure to file brief)
DISMISS APPEAL: Per Curiam
Before Justices Taft, Jennings and Bland
01-07-00135-CV Ozark Capital Corporation v. David L. Udall and Jeanne Udal
Appeal from County Civil Court at Law No 3 of Harris County
Trial Court
Judge: Hon. Lynn Bradshaw-Hull  

Edascio, LLC v. NextiraOne, LLC (Tex.App.- Houston [1st Dist.] May 22, 2008)(Jennings)
(commercial law, breach of contract,
JNOV, parol evidence rule bars introduction of evidence to prove claim)
AFFIRM TC JUDGMENT: Opinion by Justice Jennings
Before Chief Justice Radack, Justices Jennings and Bland
01-07-00362-CV Edascio, L.L.C. v. NextiraOne, L.L.C.
Appeal from 281st District Court of Harris County
Trial Court
Judge: Hon. David J. Bernal
Attorneys: Stephen G. Tipps, James J. Ormiston,  D. Scott Funk, Jennifer Kingaard | Sean Gorman, James E. Doyle

Carlson v. Remington Hotel Corp. (Tex.App.- Houston [1st Dist.] May 22, 2008)(Nuchia)
(
premises liability, res ipsa loquitur)
AFFIRM TC JUDGMENT: Opinion by Justice Nuchia  
Before Justices Nuchia, Hanks and Higley
01-07-00376-CV Lori Carlson and Shannon Carlson v. Remington Hotel Corporation d/b/a Hilton Houston NASA Clear
Lake; New Clear Lake Hotel d/b/a Nassau Bay Hilton; and New Clear Lake Group, GP, LLC
Appeal from 55th District Court of Harris County
Trial Court Judge:
Hon. Jeffrey Brown  
Attorney(s): Clay Dugas , Mike Jacobellis | J. Preston Wrotenbery  Kevin D. Jewell

Halabu v. Petroleum Wholesale, LP (Tex.App.- Houston [1st Dist.] May 22, 2008)(Bland)
(
special appearance, forum selection clause enforced)
AFFIRM TC JUDGMENT: Opinion by Justice Bland
Before Chief Justice Radack, Justices Jennings and Bland
01-07-00614-CV Shamil Halabu v. Petroleum Wholesale, L.P.
Appeal from 151st District Court of Harris County
Trial Court
Judge: Hon. Caroline E. Baker
Attorneys: Sean S. Modjarrad  Roger G. Jain  Patty A. Morris | Stuart W. Lapp  Daniel Prescott McManus

San Jacinto Methodist Hospital v. Carr (Tex.App. - Houston [1st Dist.] May 22, 2008)(Bland)
(
HCLC, med-mal, medical malpractice suit, expert report, motion to dismiss HCLC properly denied)
AFFIRM TC JUDGMENT: Opinion by Justice Bland
Before Chief Justice Radack, Justices Jennings and Bland
01-07-00655-CV San Jacinto Methodist Hospital v. Guy Patrick Carr and Terri Carr
Appeal from 269th District Court of Harris County
Trial Court
Judge: Hon. John Thomas Wooldridge  
Attorneys:  Iain Gordon Simpson, Oscar Luis De La Rosa | Attorney Craig Lewis

Mbonu v. Office of the Attorney General (Tex.App.- Houston [1st Dist.] May 22, 2008)(Radack)
(
family law, paternity, retroactive child and medical support, restricted appeal of UIFSA default judgment fails)
AFFIRM TC JUDGMENT: Opinion by Chief Justice Radack  
Before Chief Justice Radack, Justices Jennings and Bland
01-07-00659-CV Chike Rapulueke Mbonu v. Office of the Attorney General
Appeal from 328th District Court of Fort Bend County
Trial Court Judge: Hon. Ronald R. Pope  
Attorneys: John Oghenewoke Mukoro | AAGs: Martin J. Grimm   Rande K. Herrell,  John B. Worley,  Michael D. Becker

See subsequent Texas Sup. Ct. Opinion :
In Re Jindal Saw Limited, No. 08-0805 (Tex. Feb. 27, 2009)(per curiam)
(mandamus) (arbitration, nonsignatories, wrongful death beneficiaries compelled to arbitrate, workplace death)
In re Jindal Saw Limited (Tex.App.- Houston [1st Dist.] May 22, 2008, pet. granted)(Alcala)
(
workplace safety, occupational injury, worker's comp, nonsubscriber, arbitration, wrongful death, survival action)
GRANT PETITION FOR WRIT OF MANDAMUS: Opinion by Justice Alcala   
Before Justices Taft, Keyes and Alcala
01-07-01068-CV In re Jindal Saw Limited, Jindal Enterprises LLC, and Saw Pipes USA
Appeal from
Probate Court No 1 of Harris County
Trial Court Judge: Hon. Russell Austin  
Attorneys:  Levi G McCathern II,  Jeffrey Christopher Wright |  Attorney  Kurt B. Arnold,  Marvin B. Peterson, Micajah
Daniel Boatright  

Midwest Industrial Supply, Inc. v. David Villejoin (Tex.App.- Houston [1st Dist.] May 22, 2008)(per curiam dismissal)
(nonpayment of required fees) DISMISS APPEAL: Per Curiam  
Before Justices Taft, Jennings and Bland
01-08-00022-CV Midwest Industrial Supply, Inc. v. David Villejoin
Appeal from 239th District Court of Brazoria County
Trial Court Judge: Hon. Patrick Edward Sebesta

ATCO-Valley Plaza, LLC v. The Gates Corp. (Tex.App.- Houston [1st Dist.] May 22, 2008)(per curiam)
dismissal)(failure to pay for clerk's record)
DISMISS APPEAL: Per Curiam  
Before Chief Justice Radack, Justices Keyes and Higley
01-08-00073-CV ATCO-Valley Plaza, L.L.C. v. The Gates Corporation, Oklatex Corp., Brown, Butera & MacDougall,
Inc., Oklatex Protectors, Inc., Priscilla G. Nelson (a/k/a Gail P. Nelson and Priscilla Gail Sanders), and Sandra J.
Boatman (a/k/a Sandra Sapp Boatman)
Appeal from 133rd District Court of Harris County

Fontenot v.Maddox Landscaping and Lawn Co. (Tex.App.- Houston [1st Dist.] May 22, 2008)(per curiam dismissal)
(nonpayment of fees) DISMISS APPEAL: Per Curiam  
Before Justices Nuchia, Alcala and Hanks
01-08-00092-CV Sherman T. Fontenot v. Maddox Landscaping and Lawn Co. d/b/a Maddox Landscaping and Lawn
Care and Jose Santos Martinez
Appeal from 240th District Court of Fort Bend County
Trial Court Judge: Hon. Thomas R. Culver III  

Lish v. Washington Mutual Bank Serving Agent (Tex.App.- Houston [1st Dist.] May 22, 2008)(per curiam dismissal)
(failure  to pay fees)
DISMISS APPEAL: Per Curiam  
Before Justices Taft, Jennings and Bland
01-08-00110-CV Nathan Lish v. Washington Mutual Bank Serving Agent
Appeal from
County Civil Court at Law No 1 of Harris County Trial Court Judge: Hon. Jack Cagle

In re The Office of Attorney General of Texas (Tex.App.- Houston [1st Dist.] May 22, 2008)(Taft) (mandamus granted)
(
order found void, entered after expiration of plenary jurisdiction, appeal from associate judge to referring court)
GRANT PETITION FOR WRIT OF MANDAMUS: Opinion by Justice Taft
Before Justices Taft, Jennings and Bland
01-08-00114-CV In re The Office of the Attorney General of Texas
Appeal from 308th District Court of Harris County Trial Court Judge: Hon. Georgia Dempster

Criminal Causes Decided:

AFFIRM TC JUDGMENT: Opinion by Justice Nuchia  
(Before Justices Nuchia, Hanks and Higley)
01-07-00505-CR Timothy Michael Hartless v. The State of Texas--Appeal from 56th District Court of Galveston County

AFFIRM TC JUDGMENT: Opinion by Justice Jennings
(Before Justices Taft, Jennings and Bland)
01-07-00797-CR Daniel G. Swartz v. The State of Texas--Appeal from 262nd District Court of Harris County

DISMISS APPEAL: Per Curiam  
(Before Justices Nuchia, Alcala and Hanks)
01-08-00303-CR James Rowland v. The State of Texas--Appeal from 232nd District Court of Harris County

DISMISS APPEAL: Per Curiam  
(Before Justices Nuchia, Alcala and Hanks)
01-08-00321-CR Jose Villegas v. The State of Texas--Appeal from Co Crim Ct at Law No 12 of Harris County

DISMISS APPEAL: Per Curiam  
(Before Chief Justice Radack, Justices Keyes and Higley)
01-08-00346-CR Jayson Brent Dickinson v. The State of Texas--Appeal from 400th District Court of Ft. Bend County

DISMISS APPEAL: Per Curiam  
(Before Justices Taft, Jennings and Bland)
01-08-00356-CR Ralph Torres v. The State of Texas--Appeal from 337th District Court of Harris County

DISMISS APPEAL: Per Curiam  
(Before Chief Justice Radack, Justices Keyes and Higley)
01-08-00393-CR Jayson Brent Dickinson v. The State of Texas--Appeal from 400th District Court of Ft. Bend County

DISMISS APPEAL: Per Curiam  
(Before Chief Justice Radack, Justices Keyes and Higley)
01-08-00394-CR Jayson Brent Dickinson v. The State of Texas--Appeal from 400th District Court of Ft. Bend County

Civil Causes Decided:

May 15, 2008

DISMISS APPEAL: Per Curiam  (dismissal for nonpayment of required fees)
Before Chief Justice Radack, Justices Keyes and Higley
01-06-00241-CV Alland Lee Hagans v. J. P. Rivers #1613; Sergeant Alegria; Tommy Thomas, Sheriff; Caryn
Hammons, L.V.N.; Ultrastaff
Appeal from
113th District Court of Harris County

ARCO Construction Co., Inc. v. Americon Services Co., Inc (Tex.App.- Houston [1st Dist.] May 15, 2008)(Higley)
(
construction law, Prompt Payment Act, attorney's fees)
Before Justices Nuchia, Hanks and Higley
01-06-00846-CV ARCO Construction Company, Inc. v. Americon Services Company, Inc.
Appeal from County Civil Court at Law of Harris County

Lofton v. Dyer (Tex.App.- Houston [1st Dist.] May 15, 2008)(Hanks) (real estate law, trespass to try title, adverse
possession, right to trial by jury waived, motion for continuance denied)
AFFIRM TC JUDGMENT: Opinion by
Justice Hanks
Before Justices Nuchia, Hanks and Higley
01-07-00184-CV Percy Lofton, Jr., Conal Lofton, James Lofton, Lonnie E. Turner, Carol S. Lofton Fowler, Delilah A.
Lofton, and Horace Lofton v. Eddie Dyer
Appeal from 278th District Court of Grimes County
Trial Court Judge: Hon. Kenneth Keeling  

DISMISS APPEAL: Per Curiam  (failure to pay for record on appeal)
Before Chief Justice Radack, Justices Keyes and Higley
01-08-00040-CV Electro Remediation Technologies, L.L.C. v. Pelican Waste, Inc., Ken Miller, Jr., Tracy Bias and Jason
Miller
Appeal from
157th District Court of Harris County

DISMISS APPEAL: Per Curiam  (involuntary dismissal for nonpayment of fees)
Before Chief Justice Radack, Justices Keyes and Higley
01-08-00189-CV Deutsche Bank Trust Company Americas v. Charles Berry
Appeal from 234th District Court of Harris County

Criminal Causes Decided:

AFFIRM TC JUDGMENT: Opinion by Justice Lagarde
(Before Justices Keyes, Alcala and Lagarde)
01-06-00521-CR Hernan Arquimides Ramos v. The State of Texas
Appeal from 337th District Court of Harris County

AFFIRM TC JUDGMENT: Per Curiam
(Before Justices Taft, Keyes and Alcala)
01-07-00237-CR Torriano Darrell Jennings v. The State of Texas
Appeal from 56th District Court of Galveston County

AFFIRM TC JUDGMENT: Opinion by Justice Jennings
(Before Justices Taft, Jennings and Bland)
01-07-00336-CR John Carl Allen v. The State of Texas
Appeal from 10th District Court of Galveston County

AFFIRM TC JUDGMENT: Opinion by Justice Higley  
(Before Justices Nuchia, Hanks and Higley)
01-07-00504-CR Gerardo Ramirez v. The State of Texas
Appeal from 400th District Court of Ft. Bend County

AFFIRM TC JUDGMENT: Opinion by Justice Higley  
(Before Chief Justice Radack, Justices Keyes and Higley)
01-07-00986-CR James Douglas Crowder v. The State of Texas
Appeal from 174th District Court of Harris County

AFFIRM TC JUDGMENT: Opinion by Justice Alcala
(Before Justices Taft, Keyes and Alcala)
01-07-00994-CR Edward George McGregor v. The State of Texas
Appeal from 178th District Court of Harris County

DISMISS APPEAL: Per Curiam
(Before Justices Nuchia, Alcala and Hanks)
01-07-01087-CR John Morris Billingsley v. The State of Texas
Appeal from 338th District Court of Harris County

DISMISS APPEAL: Per Curiam  
(Before Justices Nuchia, Alcala and Hanks)
01-08-00102-CR Terron William Ramlal v. The State of Texas
Appeal from 230th District Court of Harris County

DISMISS APPEAL: Per Curiam  
(Before Chief Justice Radack, Justices Jennings and Bland)
01-08-00127-CR Cedric Shun Smith v. The State of Texas
Appeal from 185th District Court of Harris County

DISMISS APPEAL: Per Curiam
(Before Justices Nuchia, Alcala and Hanks)
01-08-00300-CR Clifton Moore III v. The State of Texas
Appeal from 262nd District Court of Harris County

May 9, 2008

Civil Causes Decided:

Banani v. Meas Family Partnership (Tex.App.- Houston [1st Dist.] May 9, 2008)(per curiam)
(settled according to mediator)
DISMISS APPEAL: Per Curiam
Before Justices Taft, Jennings and Bland
01-07-00316-CV Kamal Banani and Mehdi Daryani v. Meas Family Partnership
Appeal from 113th District Court of Harris County
Trial Court Judge:
Hon. Patricia Hancock  

Criminal Causes Decided: None

May 8, 2008

Civil Causes Decided:

Blitz Holding Corp. v. Grant Thornton, LLP (Tex.App. - Houston [1st Dist.] May 8, 2008)(Opinion on rehearing by
Radack) (investments, debt restructuring,
promissory note, foreclosure, proof of damages) (Justice Alcala recused)
AFFIRM TC JUDGMENT: Opinion by
Chief Justice Radack
Before Chief Justice Radack, Justice Jennings
01-04-00627-CV Blitz Holdings Corp., and GMC Corporation, Ltd v. Grant Thornton, LLP, Deloitte & Touche, LLP,
Chamberlain, Hrdlicka, White, Williams & Martin, LLP and C. Thomas Scott
Appeal from 208th District Court of Harris County, according to docket (should be 280th District, though)
Trial Court
Judge: Hon. Tony Lindsay

Rodea v. Chevron (Tex.App.- Houston [1st Dist.] May 8, 2008)(Alcala) (sex discrimination suit, employment law)
REVERSE TC JUDGMENT AND REMAND CASE TO TC FOR FURTHER PROCEEDINGS: Opinion by
Justice Alcala  
Before Justices Taft, Keyes and Alcala
01-06-00412-CV Katie Rodea v. Chevron Phillips Chemical Company, LP
Appeal from 55th District Court of Harris County
Trial Court
Judge: The Honorable Jeffrey V. Brown

DeClaire v. G&GB McIntosh Family Limited Partnership (Tex.App.- Houston [1st Dist.] May 8, 2008)(Opinion on
rehearing by Keyes) (
promissory note)
REVERSE TC JUDGMENT AND REMAND CASE TO TC FOR FURTHER PROCEEDINGS: Opinion by Justice Keyes  
Before Chief Justice Radack, Justices Keyes and Higley
01-06-00423-CV Christopher G. DeClaire ("DeClaire") v. G&B McIntosh Family Limited Partnership
Appeal from 269th District Court of Harris County
Trial Court
Judge: The Honorable John T. Wooldridge

Dow Supply Co. v. Houston Tubulars Inc. (Tex.App.- Houston [1st Dist.] May 8, 2008)(Alcala) (res judicata bars claim)
AFFIRM TC JUDGMENT: Opinion by
Justice Alcala  
Before Justices Taft, Keyes and Alcala
01-06-00987-CV Dow Supply Company v. Houston Tubulars Incorporated
Appeal from
11th District Court of Harris County
Trial Court Judge: Hon. Diane Bull  

Salaymeh v. Plaza Centro, LLC (Tex.App.- Houston [1st Dist.] May 8, 2008)(Hanks)
(
enforcement, judicial sale to satisfy judgment)
AFFIRM TC JUDGMENT: Opinion by
Justice Hanks
Before Justices Nuchia, Hanks and Higley
01-06-01178-CV Mohammad Salaymeh v. Plaza Centro, LLC; Peter Pratt
Appeal from County Civil Court at Law No 2 of Harris County
Trial Court
Judge: Hon. Gary Michael Block

Grider v. Mike O'Brien, PC (Tex.App.- Houston [1st Dist.] May 8, 2008)(Hanks)
(
legal malpractice suit stemming from medical malpractice suit)
AFFIRM TC JUDGMENT: Opinion by
Justice Hanks
Before Justices Taft, Nuchia and Hanks
01-07-00006-CV Rebecca Dunn Grider v. Mike O'Brien, P.C., O'Quinn & Laminack, and its Successor in Interest, The
O'Quinn Firm, John M. O'Quinn, and Kaiser & May, L.L.P.
Appeal from 127th District Court of Harris County
Trial Court
Judge: Hon. Sharolyn P. Wood

Neal v. Garcia-Horrerios (Tex.App.- Houston [1st Dist] May 8, 2008)(Jennings)
(negligence,
due diligence in serving defendant, statute of limitations)
AFFIRM TC JUDGMENT: Opinion by
Justice Jennings
Before Chief Justice Radack, Justices Jennings and Bland
01-07-01103-CV Candace Neal v. George Garcia-Horrerios
Appeal from County Civil Court at Law No 3 of Harris County
Trial Court
Judge: Hon. Linda Storey

In re Atlantic Specialty Ins. Co. (Tex.App.- Houston [1st Dist.] May 8, 2008)(per curiam) (mandamus denial)  
DENY PETITION FOR WRIT OF MANDAMUS: Per Curiam
Before Justices Nuchia, Hanks and Higley
01-08-00289-CV In re: Atlantic Specialty Insurance Company
Appeal from 157th District Court of Harris County
Trial Court
Judge: Hon. Randall W. Wilson

Criminal Causes Decided:

AFFIRM TC JUDGMENT: Opinion by Justice Keyes
(Before Justices Taft, Keyes and Alcala)
01-07-00144-CR Jose Clinton Santos v. The State of Texas
Appeal from 209th District Court of Harris County

AFFIRM TC JUDGMENT: Opinion by Chief Justice Radack  
(Before Chief Justice Radack, Justices Jennings and Bland)
01-07-00264-CR Jose Adan Rodriguez v. The State of Texas
Appeal from 338th District Court of Harris County

REVERSE TC JUDGMENT AND REMAND CASE TO TC FOR FURTHER PROCEEDINGS:
Opinion by Justice Alcala  
(Before Justices Taft, Keyes and Alcala)
01-07-00463-CR Wael A. Kassem v. The State of Texas
Appeal from Co Crim Ct at Law No 12 of Harris County

DISMISS APPEAL: Per Curiam  
(Before Justices Taft, Keyes and Alcala)
01-08-00157-CR Dan Thomas v. The State of Texas
Appeal from 232nd District Court of Harris County

May 2, 2008

Civil Causes Decided:

Lantier v. Grasso Production Management, Inc. (Tex.App.- Houston [1st Dist.] May 2, 2008)(dismissed by appellant)
DISMISS APPEAL: Per Curiam
Before Justices Taft, Keyes and Alcala
01-07-00325-CV Sonya Denise Lantier, Individually and as Personal Representative of the Estate of her Husband,
Bryan Keith Lantier, Deceased and a/n/f for their Minor Children, Layne Aucoin, Saraya Aucoin, Rickey Lantier and
Gabriel Lantier v. Grasso Production Management, Inc,; Blue-Stream Services, LLC; Industrial Helicopters, Inc;
Houston Exploration Company; and Bell Helicopter Textron, Inc.
Appeal from 80th District Court of Harris County
Trial Court Judge:
Hon. Kent C. Sullivan

Criminal Causes Decided:

DISMISS PETITION FOR WRIT OF MANDAMUS: Per Curiam  
(Before Justices Taft, Keyes and Alcala)
01-07-00834-CR In re Robert Solis--Appeal from 240th District Court of Fort Bend County

DISMISS PETITION FOR WRIT OF MANDAMUS: Per Curiam  
(Before Justices Taft, Keyes and Alcala)
01-08-00236-CR In re Robert Solis--Appeal from 240th District Court of Fort Bend County

May 1, 2008

Civil Causes Decided:

DISMISS APPEAL: Per Curiam  
Before Justices Keyes, Alcala and Bland
01-04-00811-CV Stapp Towing Company, Inc. v. John O'Keeffe and Phyllis O'Keeffe
Appeal from 212th District Court of Galveston County

McLane v. McLane (Tex. App.- Houston [1st Dist.] May 1, 2008)(Op. on motion for rehearing by Hanks)(child support
decrease,
intentional underemployment found to justify deviation from guideline amount, retroactive application)
AFFIRM TC JUDGMENT: Opinion by
Justice Hanks
Before Justices Taft, Hanks and Higley
01-06-00634-CV Michael McLane v. Sandra Helene McLane
Appeal from 309th District Court of Harris County
Trial Court Judge:  
Hon. Frank B. Rynd

DISMISS APPEAL: Per Curiam  
Before Chief Justice Radack, Justices Jennings and Bland
01-07-00637-CV Warren R. Senior, Jr. v. Ortha Carpenter
Appeal from Co Civil Ct at Law No 4 of Harris County

Criminal Causes Decided:

AFFIRM TC JUDGMENT: Opinion by Justice Higley
(Before Justices Nuchia, Hanks and Higley)
01-06-00320-CR Amanda Linville v. The State of Texas
Appeal from Co Crim Ct at Law No 7 of Harris County

REVERSE TC JUDGMENT AND REMAND CASE TO TC FOR FURTHER PROCEEDINGS:
Opinion by Chief Justice Radack
(Before Chief Justice Radack, Justices Alcala and Bland)
01-06-00656-CR Ernest Murry Moore v. The State of Texas
Appeal from 183rd District Court of Harris County

AFFIRM TC JUDGMENT: Opinion by Judge Wilson
(Before Judge Wilson, Justices Nuchia and Hanks)
01-06-01079-CR Jesse Lopez Jr. v. The State of Texas
Appeal from 262nd District Court of Harris County

AFFIRM TC JUDGMENT: Opinion by Justice Higley
(Before Justices Nuchia, Hanks and Higley)
01-07-00170-CR Keith Anthony Marine v. The State of Texas
Appeal from 263rd District Court of Harris County

AFFIRM TC JUDGMENT: Opinion by Justice Higley
(Before Justices Nuchia, Hanks and Higley)
01-07-00171-CR Keith Anthony Marine v. The State of Texas
Appeal from 263rd District Court of Harris County

AFFIRM TC JUDGMENT: Opinion by Justice Alcala
(Before Justices Taft, Keyes and Alcala)
01-07-00238-CR James Hayes v. The State of Texas
Appeal from 185th District Court of Harris County

AFFIRM TC JUDGMENT: Opinion by Justice Alcala  
(Before Justices Taft, Keyes and Alcala)
01-07-00239-CR James Hayes v. The State of Texas
Appeal from 185th District Court of Harris County

AFFIRM TC JUDGMENT: Opinion by Chief Justice Radack  
(Before Chief Justice Radack, Justices Jennings and Bland)
01-07-00441-CR Michael Edward Jiron v. The State of Texas
Appeal from 209th District Court of Harris County

DISMISS APPEAL: Per Curiam  
(Before Justices Nuchia, Keyes and Hanks)
01-07-00449-CR Sherman L. Harris v. The State of Texas
Appeal from 339th District Court of Harris County

AFFIRM TC JUDGMENT: Opinion by Justice Jennings  
(Before Chief Justice Radack, Justices Jennings and Bland)
01-07-00476-CR Sudan El-Amin v. The State of Texas
Appeal from 180th District Court of Harris County

AFFIRM TC JUDGMENT: Opinion by Justice Hanks  
(Before Justices Nuchia, Hanks and Higley)
01-07-00857-CR Kathleen Sue Kious v. The State of Texas
Appeal from 182nd District Court of Harris County

DISMISS APPEAL: Per Curiam  
(Before Justices Taft, Keyes and Alcala)
01-07-01071-CR Delisa Marie Russell v. The State of Texas
Appeal from 338th District Court of Harris County

May 2008 Oral Argument and
Submission Calendar

Causes Set for Submission on Oral
Argument

SET FOR SUBMISSION ON ORAL ARGUMENT ON
5/6/2008 AT 1:30 PM
(Before Justices Taft, Keyes and Alcala)

01-07-00520-CV  Leanne Klentzman and Carter
Publications, Inc. d/b/a The West Fort Bend Star, Inc.
v. Wade Brady  Fort Bend


SET FOR SUBMISSION ON ORAL ARGUMENT ON
5/13/2008 AT 10:30 AM
(Before Chief Justice Radack, Justices Jennings and
Bland)

01-07-00290-CR  Allan Santiago Smith v. The State of
Texas  Harris

01-07-01104-CV  
Daniel Goldberg v. Commission for
Lawyer Discipline, and State Bar of Texas  Harris

SET FOR SUBMISSION ON ORAL ARGUMENT ON
5/13/2008 AT 1:30 PM
(Before Justices Taft, Jennings and Bland)

01-07-00679-CR  Edmond Brian Frank v. The State of
Texas  Galveston


SET FOR SUBMISSION ON ORAL ARGUMENT ON
5/20/2008 AT 1:30 PM
(Before Justices Taft, Jennings and Bland)

01-07-00497-CV  
Farragut Financial, et al v. Capital
One Auto, et al  Harris County (Judge Jack Cagle)

01-07-00594-CR  Keith Darrell Stoval v. The State of
Texas  Harris

01-07-00686-CR  Precious Lamont Howard v. The
State of Texas  Fort Bend

01-07-00687-CR  Precious Lamont Howard v. The
State of Texas  Fort Bend

01-07-00688-CR  Precious Lamont Howard v. The
State of Texas  Fort Bend

01-07-00711-CV  
Maryland Casualty Company v.
American Home Assurance Company and Illinois
National Insurance Company, as Subrogees of
National Equipment Services, Inc.  Harris County
(Judge Hancock 113th DC)

SET FOR SUBMISSION ON ORAL ARGUMENT ON
5/21/2008 AT 1:30 PM
(Before Justices Taft, Jennings and Bland)

01-08-00348-CV  In re Kristal Timish Walker a/k/a
Kristal Timisha Walker  Harris


SET FOR SUBMISSION ON ORAL ARGUMENT ON
5/27/2008 AT 10:30 AM
(Before Chief Justice Radack, Justices Keyes and
Higley)

01-07-00096-CV  Allon R. Hahn, Individually and d/b/a
Hahn's Gulf Service v. Bertrand Love  Harris

01-07-00129-CR  Aaron Muniz v. The State of Texas  
Colorado

01-08-00009-CV  Jianguang Wang and Yellow
Emperor Communications, Inc., d/b/a Houston Chinese
Press v. David Y. Tang  Harris


SET FOR SUBMISSION ON ORAL ARGUMENT ON
5/27/2008 AT 1:30 PM
(Before Justices Taft, Jennings and Bland)

01-06-00624-CV  Garry L. Plotkin v. Charles Joekel, et
al.  Harris

01-07-00353-CV  The State of Texas v. William R.
Murphy, et al  Harris

01-08-00152-CV  City of Houston v. Southern
Electrical Services, Inc. as Assignee of the Caddell
Construction Co., Inc., and The Caddell Construction
Co., Inc.  Harris


SET FOR SUBMISSION ON ORAL ARGUMENT ON
5/28/2008 AT 10:30 AM
(Before Justices Nuchia, Alcala and Hanks)

01-04-01062-CV  Kenneth Ray Marcum v. Darlene J.
Marcum  Harris

01-07-00074-CV  The Freeport Economic
Development Corporation v. Western Seafood
Company  Brazoria

01-07-00235-CV  
Joe Thurman, Individually, And As
Sole Heir of the Estate of Amanda Rene Thurman v.
Harris County, Texas, As a Local Governmental Unit of
the State of Texas  Harris County (TTCA case, ferry
death)

01-07-00698-CV  The Freeport Economic
Development Corporation v. Western Shellfish
Corporation  Brazoria

Causes Set for Submission on Briefs

SET FOR SUBMISSION ON BRIEFS ON 5/6/2008
(Before Chief Justice Radack, Justices Keyes and
Higley)

01-06-00821-CV  Randall's Food and Drugs, L.P. v.
Bill Patton d/b/a Linux Professional Group  Harris
County

01-07-00096-CV  Allon R. Hahn, Individually and d/b/a
Hahn's Gulf Service v. Bertrand Love  Harris

01-07-00177-CR  Charles Alpine v. The State of
Texas  Harris

01-07-00337-CR  Derrick Cardell Mcleod v. The State
of Texas  Harris

01-07-00583-CV  Dennis James Poledore, Jr. v. Frank
J. Fraley  Fort Bend

01-07-00986-CR  James Douglas Crowder v. The
State of Texas  Harris


SET FOR SUBMISSION ON BRIEFS ON 5/6/2008
(Before Justices Taft, Jennings and Bland)

01-06-00948-CR  Dennis James Poledore, Jr. v. The
State of Texas  Fort Bend

01-06-00998-CR  Dennis James Poledore, Jr. v. The
State of Texas  Fort Bend

01-06-00999-CR  Dennis James Poledore, Jr. v. The
State of Texas  Fort Bend

01-07-00336-CR  John Carl Allen v. The State of
Texas  Galveston

01-07-00797-CR  Daniel G. Swartz v. The State of
Texas  Harris

01-07-00861-CR  Orlando Croublet v. The State of
Texas  Harris

01-08-00114-CV  In re The Office of the Attorney
General of Texas  Harris


SET FOR SUBMISSION ON BRIEFS ON 5/7/2008
(Before Justices Nuchia, Keyes and Bland)

01-04-00717-CR  Elmer Robinson v. The State of
Texas  Harris


SET FOR SUBMISSION ON BRIEFS ON 5/7/2008
(Before Justices Nuchia, Alcala and Hanks)

01-06-00637-CV  Willis C. Reed v. REO Properties
Corp.  Harris

01-07-00279-CV  Damini Cook v. Missionary Village
Apartments  Harris

01-07-00422-CR  Kyle Edward Whatley v. The State of
Texas  Galveston


SET FOR SUBMISSION ON BRIEFS ON 5/13/2008
(Before Chief Justice Radack, Justices Keyes and
Higley)

01-07-00111-CR  Lowell Kent Stevens v. The State of
Texas  Harris

01-07-00462-CR  Ronald Wayne Schofield v. The
State of Texas  Galveston

01-07-00584-CV  Department of Family and Protective
Services v. Travis Reid Dickensheets, et al  Brazoria

01-07-00629-CR  Jaime Torres v. The State of Texas  
Harris

01-07-00630-CR  Jaime Torres v. The State of Texas  
Harris

01-07-00631-CR  Jaime Torres v. The State of Texas  
Harris

01-07-00666-CR  Jose Vasquez v. The State of Texas  
Harris

01-07-00708-CV  Adekunle Adebo v. Litton Loan
Servicing, L.P.  Harris


SET FOR SUBMISSION ON BRIEFS ON 5/13/2008
(Before Justices Taft, Jennings and Bland)

01-07-00695-CV  Clara Kahng, Individually and on
behalf of Wony Kahng, Gredo Kahng, Howard Kahng
and Sarah Roh v. John Richard Verity  Harris

01-07-00741-CR  Alexander Carenzo Carter v. The
State of Texas  Harris

01-07-01104-CV  Daniel Goldberg v. Commission for
Lawyer Discipline, and State Bar of Texas  Harris


SET FOR SUBMISSION ON BRIEFS ON 5/14/2008
(Before Justices Nuchia, Alcala and Hanks)

01-05-00795-CV  Brandi Kelemen v. Robert Elliott  
Galveston

01-07-00226-CV  Craig P. Longhurst v. Linda K. Clark  
Harris

01-07-00384-CR  Michael Ian Figart v. The State of
Texas  Harris

01-07-00443-CR  Pedro Angel Sierra v. The State of
Texas  Harris

01-07-00552-CV  Unifund CCR Partners v. Sara
Morgan Gellatly  Harris


SET FOR SUBMISSION ON BRIEFS ON 5/20/2008
(Before Chief Justice Radack, Justices Keyes and
Higley)

01-06-00901-CV  George Hernandez v. Maria
Guadalupe Hernandez  Harris

01-07-00744-CR  Michael Joseph Smyth v. The State
of Texas  Brazoria

01-08-00062-CV  
Travelers Indemnity Company v.
Texas Municipal League Joint Self-Insurance Fund, for
itself and as Subrogee of the City of Bunker Hill Village
Harris County


SET FOR SUBMISSION ON BRIEFS ON 5/21/2008
(Before Judge Wilson, Justices Nuchia and Hanks)

01-06-01028-CR  Quinston Gamble v. The State of
Texas  Galveston


SET FOR SUBMISSION ON BRIEFS ON 5/21/2008
(Before Justices Nuchia, Alcala and Hanks)

01-06-01039-CV  Stuart Guillot v. Debra Guillot  Fort
Bend

01-07-00070-CR  Adebayo O. Tijani v. The State of
Texas  Harris

01-07-00438-CV  Stanley Russell Coleman v. Lynn A.
Revak, Revak Turbomachinery Services, Inc., Revak
Enterprises, Inc., L-Mart International Corporation,
Revak Controls Corporation, Turbo Storage Service
Company, and Revak Energy, Inc.  Harris

01-07-00668-CR  Ramsey Trevino v. The State of
Texas  Harris

01-07-00737-CR  Ricky Lee Kaluza v. The State of
Texas  Galveston


SET FOR SUBMISSION ON BRIEFS ON 5/27/2008
(Before Justices Nuchia, Alcala and Hanks)

01-07-00546-CR  James Deaundre Douglas v. The
State of Texas  Harris


SET FOR SUBMISSION ON BRIEFS ON 6/3/2008
(Before Chief Justice Radack, Justices Keyes and
Higley)

01-07-00560-CV  Derrick Lumpkin, Sr. and Geneva
Herrera v. Department of Family and Protective
Services  Harris

01-07-00561-CV  Derrick Lumpkin, Sr. and Geneva
Herrera v. Department of Family and Protective
Services  Harris

01-07-00706-CV  Derrick Lumpkin, Sr. and Geneva
Herrera v. Department of Family and Protective
Services  Harris


SET FOR SUBMISSION ON BRIEFS ON 6/10/2008
(Before Chief Justice Radack, Justices Keyes and
Higley)

01-05-00779-CR  Victor Randolph Turner, Jr. v. The
State of Texas  Fort Bend

01-05-00780-CR  Victor Randolph Turner, Jr. v. The
State of Texas  Fort Bend
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