September 2009 Cases Decided by the First Court of Appeals | Houston, TX
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September 2009 Decisions and Opinion Release Dates:  

September 3, 10, 15, 17, 18, 24, 25, 29, 30, 2009           

SEP. '09 CIVIL CASE TABLE

September 30, 2009   

Civil Causes Decided:

Criminal Causes Decided:

AFFIRM TC JUDGMENT: Opinion by Justice Bland   
Before Justices Taft, Bland and Sharp   
01-07-01074-CR        Andreas Peter Starz v. The State of Texas   
Appeal from 208th District Court of Harris County

AFFIRM TC JUDGMENT: Opinion by Justice Bland   
Before Justices Taft, Bland and Sharp   
01-07-01075-CR        Andreas Peter Starz v. The State of Texas   
Appeal from 208th District Court of Harris County

AFFIRM TC JUDGMENT: Opinion by Justice Bland   
Before Justices Taft, Bland and Sharp   
01-07-01076-CR        Andreas Peter Starz v. The State of Texas   
Appeal from 208th District Court of Harris County

AFFIRM TC JUDGMENT: Opinion by Justice Bland   
Before Justices Taft, Bland and Sharp   
01-07-01077-CR        Andreas Peter Starz v. The State of Texas   
Appeal from 208th District Court of Harris County

AFFIRM TC JUDGMENT: Opinion by Justice Bland   
Before Justices Taft, Bland and Sharp   
01-07-01078-CR        Andreas Peter Starz v. The State of Texas   
Appeal from 208th District Court of Harris County

AFFIRM TC JUDGMENT: Opinion by Justice Bland   
Before Justices Taft, Bland and Sharp   
01-07-01079-CR        Andreas Peter Starz v. The State of Texas   
Appeal from 208th District Court of Harris County

September 29, 2009

Civil Causes Decided:

DISMISS PETITION FOR WRIT OF MANDAMUS: Per Curiam  
Before Justices Keyes, Hanks and Bland
01-09-00666-CV In re All My Sons Moving & Storage of Houston, Inc.,
Appeal from 129th District Court of Harris County
Trial Court
Judge:Hon. Michael Gomez

Criminal Causes Decided: None this day

September 25, 2009

Civil Causes Decided:

Plotkin v. Joekel (Tex.App.- Houston [1st Dist.] Sep. 25, 2009)(Taft) (staffing business dispute)
AFFIRM TC JUDGMENT IN PART, REVERSE TC JUDGMENT IN PART, AND RENDER JUDGMENT:
Opinion by Justice Taft     
Before Justices Taft, Jennings and Bland   
01-06-00624-CV  Garry L. Plotkin v. Charles Joekel, et al.   
Appeal from 133rd District Court of Harris County
Trial Court Judge:
Hon. Lamar McCorkle

In Re Wilhite (Tex.App.- Houston [1st Dist.] Sep. 25, 2009)(en banc opinion by Alcala) (mandamus to remove
judge on claim of disqualification denied)(
judicial disqualification)(asbestos litigation)
DENY PETITION FOR WRIT OF MANDAMUS: Opinion by
Justice Alcala     
Before Justices Jennings, Alcala and Higley   
01-09-00387-CV    In Re Edward and Margie Wilhite   
Appeal from 11th District Court of Harris County  
Trial Court Judge:  Judge Mark D. Davidson
Dissenting Opinion by Justice Jennings re disqualification of judge from asbestos case     

(Tex.App.- Houston [1st Dist.] Sep. 25, 2009)(Taft)
DENY PETITION FOR WRIT OF MANDAMUS: Per Curiam     
Before Justices Jennings, Bland and Sharp   
01-09-00700-CV   In re Jonathan J. Jiminez, as Next Friend of Jonathan Jiminez, Jr., Phyllis Scott, Individually
and as Represntative of the Estate of Victoria De La Rosa Scott, Deceased, and Dennis De La Rosa   
Appeal from 189th District Court of Harris County
Trial Court Judge:        Hon. William R. Burke. Jr.

Criminal Causes Decided:

DENY PETITION FOR WRIT OF MANDAMUS: Per Curiam     
Before Justices Jennings, Alcala and Higley   
01-09-00345-CR        In re Nathan Rosnow   
Appeal from Co Crim Ct at Law No 6 of Harris County

DENY PETITION FOR WRIT OF MANDAMUS: Per Curiam     
Before Justices Jennings, Alcala and Higley   
01-09-00346-CR        In re Nathan Rosnow   
Appeal from Co Crim Ct at Law No 6 of Harris County

September 24, 2009

Civil Causes Decided:

Gilbert v. HISD (Tex.App.- Houston [1st Dist.] Sep. 24, 2009)(Massengale)
(
pro se appeal, suing or defending suit as next friend of incompetent person, standing to bring appeal,
tax lien foreclosure)
AFFIRM TC JUDGMENT: Opinion by
Justice Massengale  
Before Chief Justice Radack, Justices Bland and Massengale   
01-06-00159-CV  Matt Gilbert v. Houston Independent School District   
Appeal from 270th District Court of Harris County
Trial Court Judge:
Hon. Brent Gamble

Harrison v. Charlie Thomas Ford, Ltd. (Tex.App.- Houston [1st Dist.] Sep. 24, 2009)(Sharp)
(
DTPA, Finance Code violations in installment sale of motor vehicle alleged, waiver of arguments on appeal)
AFFIRM TC JUDGMENT: Opinion by
Justice Sharp  
Before Chief Justice Radack, Justices Taft and Sharp   
01-08-00164-CV  Russell W. Harrison v. Charlie Thomas Ford, Ltd., d/b/a Charlie Thomas Ford   
Appeal from 61st District Court of Harris County
Trial Court Judge:
Hon. John Donovan

Simmons v. Hollyview Apartments (Tex.App.- Houston [1st Dist.] Sep. 24, 2009)
(
forcible entry and detainer, writ of possession) (eviction appeal, TRCP, Tex. R. Civ. P. 749b., attorney's fees
in eviction case)   
AFFIRM TC JUDGMENT: Opinion by
Justice Terry Jennings  
Before Justices Jennings, Higley and Sharp   
01-08-00231-CV  Gregory Simmons v. Hollyview Apartments   
Appeal from County Civil Court at Law No 2 of Harris County
Trial Court Judge:
Hon. Jacqueline Lucci Smith

DISMISS APPEAL: Per Curiam  (dismissed by appellant)
Before Justices Keyes, Alcala and Hanks   
01-09-00373-CV  Settlement Funding, LLC v. A Transfer of Structured Settlement Payment Rights by Brenda
S. Campbell   
Appeal from 215th District Court of Harris County
Trial Court Judge:
Hon. Steven E. Kirkland

Criminal Causes Decided:

AFFIRM TC JUDGMENT: Opinion by Justice Keyes  
Before Justices Keyes, Hanks and Bland   
01-08-00060-CR        Heywood Joseph Sholars v. The State of Texas   
Appeal from 208th District Court of Harris County

AFFIRM TC JUDGMENT: Opinion by Justice Bland  
Before Justices Taft, Bland and Sharp   
01-08-00186-CR        Kenny Terrell Hubert v. The State of Texas   
Appeal from 230th District Court of Harris County

OPINION CONCURRING IN PART WITH, AND DISSENTING IN PART TO, THIS COURT'S JUDGMENT:
Concurring and Dissenting Opinion by Justice Sharp  
Before Justices Taft, Bland and Sharp   
01-08-00186-CR        Kenny Terrell Hubert v. The State of Texas   
Appeal from 230th District Court of Harris County

AFFIRM TC JUDGMENT: Opinion by Justice Sharp  
Before Justices Jennings, Higley and Sharp   
01-08-00669-CR        Dan Barnett v. The State of Texas   
Appeal from 262nd District Court of Harris County

DISMISS APPEAL: Per Curiam  
Before Justices Jennings, Higley and Sharp   
01-08-00818-CR        Kevin William Bubien v. The State of Texas   
Appeal from 337th District Court of Harris County

AFFIRM TC JUDGMENT: Opinion by Justice Hanks  
Before Justices Keyes, Alcala and Hanks   
01-08-00822-CR        James Franklin Curtis v. The State of Texas   
Appeal from 56th District Court of Galveston County

AFFIRM TC JUDGMENT: Opinion by Justice Sharp  
Before Justices Jennings, Higley and Sharp   
01-08-01038-CR        Juan Gabriel Rodriguez v. The State of Texas   
Appeal from Co Crim Ct at Law No 11 of Harris County

AFFIRM TC JUDGMENT: Opinion by Justice Bland  
Before Chief Justice Radack, Justices Bland and Massengale   
01-09-00088-CR        Dominique Jerrell Murchison v. The State of Texas   
Appeal from 263rd District Court of Harris County

September 18, 2009

Civil Causes Decided:

Criminal Causes Decided:

AFFIRM TC JUDGMENT: Opinion by Justice Sharp  
Before Justices Taft, Bland and Sharp   
01-07-00718-CR        Timothy Lee Riley v. The State of Texas   
Appeal from 337th District Court of Harris County
Concurring Opinion by Justice Bland  

DISMISS APPEAL: Per Curiam  
Before Justices Keyes, Alcala and Hanks   
01-09-00558-CR        David Cleo Richard v. The State of Texas   
Appeal from 232nd District Court of Harris County

September 17, 2009

Civil Causes Decided:

Roy v. McMaster (Tex.App.- Houston [1st Dist.] Sep. 17, 2009)(Alcala) (no contractual wills)
REVERSE TC JUDGMENT AND RENDER JUDGMENT: Opinion by
Justice Elsa Alcala    
Before Judge Wilson, Justices Alcala and Hanks  
01-08-00214-CV  Mary Rochene Ray v. Ronald Lee McMaster  
Appeal from
Probate Court No 4 of Harris County
Trial Court Judge: Hon. William McCulloch

OAG v. McBee (Tex.App.- Houston [1st Dist.] Sep. 17, 2009) (Bland)
(
child support arrearage, adjustment of amount disapproved, offset claim disallowed)
REVERSE TC JUDGMENT AND REMAND CASE TO TRIAL COURT FOR FURTHER PROCEEDINGS:
Opinion by
Justice Jane Bland    
Before Justices Taft, Bland and Sharp  
01-08-00433-CV Office of the Attorney General v. Robert Sean McBee   
Appeal from 306th District Court of Galveston County
Trial Court Judge: Hon. Janis L. Yarbrough

AccuFleet, Inc.v. Harford Fire Ins. Co. (Tex.App.- Houston [1st Dist.] Sep. 17, 2009)(Hanks)
(
insurance coverage dispute)
AFFIRM TC JUDGMENT IN PART, REVERSE TRIAL COURT JUDGMENT IN PART, AND REMAND CASE TO
TC FOR FURTHER PROCEEDINGS: Opinion by
Justice Hanks    
Before Justices Keyes, Hanks and Bland  
01-08-00684-CV AccuFleet, Inc. v. Harford Fire Insurance Company   
Appeal from 55th District Court of Harris County
Trial Court Judge:
Hon. Jeffrey A. Shadwick

Mann v. DFPS  (Tex.App.- Houston [1st Dist.] Sep. 17, 2009)(Radack)
(
termination of parental rights reversed, conservatorship decision affirmed)
AFFIRM TC JUDGMENT IN PART, REVERSE TC JUDGMENT IN PART, AND RENDER JUDGMENT:
Opinion by
Chief Justice Radack    
Before Chief Justice Radack, Justices Taft and Sharp  
01-08-01004-CV  Stephanie Mann v. Department of Family and Protective Services   
Appeal from 314th District Court of Harris County
Trial Court Judge: Hon. John Phillips

DISMISS APPEAL 9/17: Per Curiam    
Before Justices Jennings, Higley and Sharp  
01-09-00773-CV Alden Joseph Varrett v. Terry White Verrett   
Appeal from
310th District Court of Harris County

Criminal Causes Decided:

AFFIRM TC JUDGMENT: Opinion by Justice Taft    
Before Justices Taft, Bland and Sharp  
01-07-00681-CR        David Ashire v. The State of Texas   
Appeal from 182nd District Court of Harris County

OPINION CONCURRING WITH THIS COURT'S JUDGMENT:
Concurring Opinion by Justice Sharp    
Before Justices Taft, Bland and Sharp  
01-07-00681-CR        David Ashire v. The State of Texas   
Appeal from 182nd District Court of Harris County

OPINION CONCURRING WITH THIS COURT'S JUDGMENT:
Concurring Opinion by Justice Sharp    
Before Justices Taft, Bland and Sharp  
01-07-00682-CR        David Ashire v. The State of Texas   
Appeal from 182nd District Court of Harris County

AFFIRM TC JUDGMENT: Opinion by Justice Taft    
Before Justices Taft, Bland and Sharp  
01-07-00682-CR        David Ashire v. The State of Texas   
Appeal from 182nd District Court of Harris County

AFFIRM TC JUDGMENT: Opinion by Chief Justice Radack    
Before Chief Justice Radack, Justices Bland and Massengale  
01-07-00726-CR        Marcall Bryce Cunningham v. The State of Texas   
Appeal from 268th District Court of Fort Bend County

AFFIRM TC JUDGMENT: Opinion by Chief Justice Radack    
Before Chief Justice Radack, Justices Bland and Massengale  
01-07-00736-CR        Marcall Bryce Cunningham v. The State of Texas   
Appeal from 268th District Court of Fort Bend County

AFFIRM TC JUDGMENT: Opinion by Justice Alcala    
Before Justices Keyes, Alcala and Hanks  
01-07-00921-CR        Michael Martinez v. The State of Texas   
Appeal from 183rd District Court of Harris County

AFFIRM TC JUDGMENT: Opinion by Justice Alcala    
Before Justices Keyes, Alcala and Hanks  
01-08-00142-CR        Anthony Ervin Kelly v. The State of Texas   
Appeal from 262nd District Court of Harris County

AFFIRM TC JUDGMENT: Opinion by Justice Alcala    
Before Justices Keyes, Alcala and Hanks  
01-08-00143-CR        Anthony Ervin Kelly v. The State of Texas   
Appeal from 262nd District Court of Harris County

September 15, 2009

Civil Causes Decided:

In Re Bay Gas Storage Co., Ltd (Tex.App.- Houston [1st Dist.] Sep. 15, 2009)(per curiam)
(mandamus re:
denial of plea to the jurisdiction denied)
DENY PETITION FOR WRIT OF MANDAMUS: Per Curiam    
Before Justices Keyes, Hanks and Bland
01-09-00663-CV In re Bay Gas Storage Company, Ltd.
Appeal from 190th District Court of Harris County
Trial Court Judge:
Hon. Patricia J. Kerrigan

DENY PETITION FOR WRIT OF MANDAMUS 9/15: Per Curiam (mandamus denied re: transfer)
Before Justices Jennings, Hanks and Higley
01-09-00781-CV In re Mark Trimble
Appeal from County Court of Chambers County
Trial court judge: Jimmy Sylvia

DENY PETITION FOR WRIT OF PROHIBITION 9/15: Per Curiam
(writ of prohibition denied re:
eviction,  forcible entry and detainer)  
Before Justices Jennings, Hanks and Higley  
01-09-00782-CV  In re Mark Trimble  
Appeal from County Court of Chambers County

Criminal Causes Decided:

September 10, 2009  

Civil Causes Decided:

Andress v. Meah Investments No. 2, Ltd. (Tex.App.- Houston [1st  Dist] Sep. 10, 2009)(Keyes)
(
fraud, imposition of exemplary damages)
AFFIRM TC JUDGMENT IN PART, REVERSE TC JUDGMENT IN PART, AND REMAND CASE TO TC FOR
FURTHER PROCEEDINGS: Opinion by
Justice Keyes   
Before Justices Jennings, Keyes and Higley  
01-07-00792-CV Morris Andress v. Meah Investments No. 2, Ltd.   
Appeal from 239th District Court of Brazoria County
Trial Court Judge: Hon. Patrick Edward Sebesta

Peden v. South Texas Surveying Assoc., Inc. (Tex.App.- Houston [1st  Dist] Sep. 10, 2009)(Alcala)
(
defamation, substantial truth defense, estoppel, judicial estoppel, quasi-estoppel)  
AFFIRM TC JUDGMENT IN PART, REVERSE TC JUDGMENT IN PART, AND REMAND CASE TO TC FOR
FURTHER PROCEEDINGS: Opinion by
Justice Alcala   
Before Justices Jennings, Alcala and Higley  
01-08-00373-CV Tom and Paula Peden v. South Texas Surveying Associates, Inc., and Fred W. Lawton,
Stephen Pohl   Appeal from 80th District Court of Harris County
Trial Court Judge:
Hon. Lynn Bradshaw-Hull

Stern v. Mischel (Tex.App.- Houston [1st  Dist] Sep. 10, 2009)(dismissal requested by appellant)
DISMISS APPEAL: Per Curiam   
Before Justices Keyes, Alcala and Hanks  
01-09-00449-CV Howard J. Stern, Successor Trustee of the Teresa E. Kraft 1998 Investment Trust
v. Mischel NFN   
Appeal from 113th District Court of Harris County

In re Tanner Companies, Inc. (Tex.App.- Houston [1st  Dist] Sep. 10, 2009)
(
mandamus re: discovery and sanctions orders)
DISMISS PETITION FOR WRIT OF MANDAMUS: Per Curiam   
Before Justices Keyes, Hanks and Bland  
01-09-00522-CV In re Tanner Companies, Inc., Paul Winters, William A. Zartler, Tyler Crabtree, Tanner
Holdings, L.L.C., Tanner Services, L.L.C., and Denham Capital Management   
Appeal from 133rd District Court of Harris County
Trial Court Judge:
Jaclanel M. McFarland  

Sonic Momentum VWA, Ltd. v. Dror (Tex.App.- Houston [1st  Dist] Sep. 10, 2009)(per curiam
(reversed per Joint Motion to Reverse And Enter Take-Nothing Judgment)
REVERSE TC JUDGMENT AND RENDER JUDGMENT: Per Curiam   
Before Justices Jennings, Higley and Sharp  
01-09-00677-CV Sonic Momentum VWA, Ltd. d/b/a/ Momentum Audi v. Daniel Dror, II   
Appeal from 157th District Court of Harris County
Trial Court Judge:
Hon. Randy Wilson

Criminal Causes Decided:  None this day  

September 3, 2009  

Civil Causes Decided:

Criminal Causes Decided:

DISMISS APPEAL: Per Curiam  
Before Justices Jennings, Alcala and Higley
01-04-00162-CR Theodoro Martinez, Jr v. The State of Texas  
Appeal from 240th District Court of Fort Bend County  
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