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Some appeals from cases in Judge Hancock's 113th District Court

In Re Rapid Settlements, Ltd (Tex.App.- Houston [14th Dist.] Mar. 3, 2010)(per curiam denial of
mandamus against sanctions order and discovery order)
relator asked this court to compel the Honorable Patricia Hancock, presiding judge of the 113th District Court of Harris
County, to set aside her February 22, 2010, order compelling the deposition of relator’s corporate representative,
compelling the production of documents, and awarding sanctions,
MOTION OR WRIT DENIED: Per Curiam  
Before Chief Justice Hedges, Justices Anderson and Christopher
14-10-00204-CV In Re Rapid Settlements, Ltd  
Appeal from 113th District Court of Harris County
Trial Court Judge:
Patricia Ann Hancock    

City of Houston v. Chemam (pdf) (Tex.App.- Houston [1st Dist.] Jan. 14, 2009)(Keyes)
(
governmental immunity, plea to the jurisdiction improperly denied, wrong court for inverse
condemnation)
We reverse the order of the trial court denying the City’s plea to the jurisdiction. We render judgment dismissing the
Chemams’ detrimental reliance, estoppel, tort, UDJA, and selective enforcement claims for lack of subject matter
jurisdiction. We dismiss the case without prejudice to the Chemams’ bringing their inverse condemnation claim in a
court of appropriate jurisdiction.
REVERSE TC JUDGMENT AND RENDER JUDGMENT: Opinion by Justice Keyes  
Before Justices Keyes, Alcala and Hanks   
01-08-01005-CV City of Houston v. Sherif Chemam and Diann Chemam   
Appeal from 113th District Court of Harris County
Trial Court Judge:
Hon. Patricia Hancock    

Skylane West Ltd. v. HCAD (pdf) (Tex.App.- Houston [14th Dist.] Dec. 22, 2009) (Seymore)
(
plea to the jurisdiction, lack of standing, not property owner, thus no standing to litigate) (trial court
properly concluded it lacked subject-matter jurisdiction over the claims of all appellants)
AFFIRMED: Opinion by
Justice Seymore    
Before Justices Seymore, Brown and Sullivan)
14-08-00507-CV  Skylane West Ltd., Houston Skylane One LLC a/k/a Skylane West Ltd., an Skylane
West Apartments, as the Property Owners and the Property Owners v.
Harris County Appraisal
District   Appeal from 113th District Court of Harris County
Trial Court Judge:
Patricia Ann Hancock  

In Re Holland (Tex.App.- Houston [14th Dist.] Oct. 1, 2009)(Frost) (mandamus vs interlocutory appeal
and temporary order, challenge to trial court's temporary injunction)
MOTION OR WRIT DENIED: Opinion by
Justice Brock Yates  
Before Chief Justice Hedges, Justices Brock Yates and Frost   
14-09-00656-CV  In Re Robert V. Holland, Jr.   
Appeal from 113th District Court of Harris County
Trial Court Judge:
Patricia Ann Hancock

Lockhart, MD v. Guyden (Tex.App.- Houston [1st Dist.] Jul. 16, 2009)(Sharp)  
(ILA, denial of motion to dismiss found error, sufficiency of expert report in
HCLC suit, wrongful death)
REVERSE TC JUDGMENT AND REMAND CASE TO TC FOR FURTHER PROCEEDINGS:
Opinion by
Justice Sharp    
Before Justices Taft, Bland and Sharp  
01-08-00983-CV  Christopher Lockhart, M.D. v. Normell W. Guyden, Individually and as Heir to the
Estate of Natalie J. Guyden, Deceased  
Appeal from 113th District Court of Harris County
Trial Court Judge:
Hon. Patricia Hancock

Jimenez v. Dunham (Tex.App.- Houston [1st Dist.] Jul. 9, 2009)  (Keyes)  
(jury trial
breach of contract judgment affirmed)
AFFIRM TC JUDGMENT: Opinion by Justice Keyes     
Before Justices Keyes, Hanks and Bland   
01-08-00117-CV Jose Raul Jimenez v. Teresa Dunham   
Appeal from 113th District Court of Harris County
Trial Court
Judge: Hon. Patricia Hancock
Trial Court Case #: 0442113

Reliance Capital, Inc. v. G.R. Hmaidan, Inc (Tex.App.- Houston [14th Dist.] May 14, 2009)(Hedges)
(
promissory note suit, res judicata, UFTA)
AFFIRMED: Opinion by
Chief Justice Hedges  
Before Chief Justice Hedges, Justices Anderson and Seymore)
14-07-01059-CV Reliance Captial, Inc. v. G.R. Hmaidan, Inc., G.R. Hmaidan, and Isam Hmaidan
Appeal from 113th District Court of Harris County
Trial Court Judge:
PATRICIA ANN HANCOCK

Lazo v. Exxon Mobil Corp., No. 14-06-00644-CV (Tex. App. - Houston [1st Dist.] May 7, 2009)(Brown)
(
workers compensation act immunity, exclusive remedy defense,
Entergy Gulf States, Inc. v. Summers Tex 2009 holding applied)
AFFIRMED: Opinion by Justice Brown  
Before Justices Brock Yates, Brown and Boyce
14-06-00644-CV Marcos A. Lazo v. Exxon Mobil Corporation
Appeal from 113th District Court of Harris County
Trial Court
Judge: Patricia Hancock  

Calloway v. James N. Hull & Associates, PC (Tex.App. - Houston [14th Dist.] Feb. 24, 2009)(Brown)
(suit against
debt collector's attorney fails, summary judgment)
AFFIRMED: Opinion by
Justice Brown  
Before Justices Frost, Brown and Boyce
14-07-00834-CV        Trish R. Calloway v. James N. Hull & Associates, P.C. a/k/a Hull & Associates, P.
C. and LVNV Funding LLC
Appeal from 113th District Court of Harris County
Trial Court Judge: PATRICIA ANN HANCOCK

Maryland Casualty Co. v. American Home Assurance Co (Tex.App.- Houston [1st Dist.] Jan. 29, 2009)
(Subst. opinion by Jennings) (
insurance law, subrogation, additional insured)(Maryland established
that it had been prejudiced as a matter of law by NES's policy violations)(
Mid-Continent Insurance Co.
v. Liberty Mutual Insurance Co., cited, 236 S.W.3d 765 (Tex. 2007).
REVERSE TC JUDGMENT AND RENDER JUDGMENT: Opinion by Justice Jennings  
Before Justices Taft, Jennings and Bland
01-07-00711-CV Maryland Casualty Company v. American Home Assurance Company and Illinois
National Insurance Company, as Subrogees of National Equipment Services, Inc.
Appeal from 113th District Court of Harris County
Trial Court Judge:
Hon. Patricia Hancock

Maryland Casualty Co. v. American Home Assurance Co. (Tex.App.- Houston [1st Dist.] Oct. 9, 2008)
(Jennings) (
insurance law, indemnity, additional insured, conditions precedent, prejudice)
REVERSE TC JUDGMENT AND RENDER JUDGMENT: Opinion by Justice Jennings
Before Justices Taft, Jennings and Bland
01-07-00711-CV Maryland Casualty Company v. American Home Assurance Company and Illinois
National Insurance Company, as Subrogees of National Equipment Services, Inc.
Appeal from 113th District Court of Harris County
Trial Court Judge: Hon. Patricia Hancock

Harris County Municipal District No. 156 v. United Somerset Corp. (Tex.App.- Houston [1st Dist.] Sep.
4, 2008)(Alcala) (
plea to the jurisdiction, immunity, local government unit, suit dismissed for want of
jurisdiction)
REVERSE TC JUDGMENT AND REMAND CASE TO TC FOR FURTHER PROCEEDINGS:
Opinion by Justice Alcala
Before Chief Justice Radack, Justices Alcala and Bland
01-07-00220-CV Harris County Municipal District Number 156 v. United Somerset Corporation
Appeal from 113th District Court of Harris County
Trial Court Judge: Hon. Patricia Hancock  

Speedemissions, Inc. v. Capital C Enterprises, Ltd (Tex.App.- Houston [1st Dist.] Aug 28, 2008)
(Radack) (summary judgment,
tortious interference with business relationship, breach of fiduciary duty)
AFFIRM TC JUDGMENT IN PART, REVERSE TC JUDGMENT IN PART, AND RENDER JUDGMENT:
Opinion by Chief Justice Radack
Before Chief Justice Radack, Justices Jennings and Bland
01-07-00400-CV   Speedemissions, Inc. v. Capital C Enterprises, Ltd., Capital C Management, L.L.C.,
and Jason B. Cobb
Appeal from 113th District Court of Harris County
Trial Court Judge: Hon. Patricia Hancock

Clear Lake City Water Authority v. Kirby Lake Development (Tex.App.- Houston [14th Dist.] Aug. 7,
2008)(Hedges) (
local governmental entity, no breach of contract)
REVERSED AND RENDERED: Opinion by Chief Justice Hedges  
Before Chief Justice Hedges, Justices Hudson and Boyce
14-08-00013-CV Clear Lake City Water Authority v. Kirby Lake Development, LTD., Miter
Development Company, L.L.C. and Taylor Lake, LTD.
Appeal from 113th District Court of Harris County
Trial Court Judge: Hon. Patricia Hancock  
City of Houston v. Buttitta (Tex.App.- Houston [1st Dist.] July 17, 2008)(Hanks)

(
City of Houston litigation, DJA, firefighters and policemen, disciplinary action, plea to the jurisdiction
against city proper)
AFFIRM TC JUDGMENT: Opinion by Justice Hanks  
Before Justices Alcala, Hanks and Higley
01-07-00323-CV        City of Houston v. Joseph A. Buttitta
Appeal from 113th District Court of Harris County
Trial Court
Judge: Hon. Patricia Hancock

Univ. of Houston v. Barth (Tex.App. - Houston [1st Dist.] July 3, 2008) (jury award in tenured
professor's Whistleblower suit reversed; case remanded for a new trial)
REVERSE TC JUDGMENT AND REMAND CASE TO TC FOR FURTHER PROCEEDINGS: Opinion by
Justice Higley  
Before Justices Nuchia, Alcala and Higley
01-06-00490-CV The University of Houston v. Stephen Barth
Appeal from 113th District Court of Harris County
Trial Court
Judge: Hon. Patricia Hancock  
Dissenting Opinion by Justice Alcala  

In re Jeanie Nolle (Tex.App.- Houston [1st Dist.] Jun 12, 2008)(Keyes)
(
discovery mandamus granted in part)
GRANT PETITION FOR WRIT OF MANDAMUS: Opinion by Justice Keyes  
Before Justices Taft, Keyes and Alcala
01-07-01065-CV        In re Jeanie Nolle and Technical Solutions, Inc.
Appeal from 113th District Court of Harris County
Trial Court
Judge: Hon. Patricia Hancock

Zimmerman, MD v. Anaya (Tex.App.- Houston [1st Dist.] June 5, 2008)(Bland)
(
HCLC, interlocutory appeal not authorized, dismissed for want of appellate jurisdiction)
DISMISS APPEAL: Opinion by Justice Bland  
Before Chief Justice Radack, Justices Jennings and Bland
01-07-00570-CV Geoffrey Zimmerman, M.D. v. Wendy Gonzalez Anaya, Individually and a/n/f of
Christopher Gabriel Hernandez, Deceased, and Jose Hernandez, Individually
Appeal from 113th District Court of Harris County
Trial Court
Judge: Hon. Patricia Hancock  

Barbarawi v. Ahmad (Tex.App.- Houston [14th Dist.] May 27, 2008)(Hedges)
(breach of contract, tortious interference with business,
sale of restaurant)
AFFIRMED: Opinion by Chief Justice Hedges  
Before Chief Justice Hedges, Justices Fowler and Boyce
14-07-00790-CV Aiman Barbarawi and Husam Barbarawi v. Adnan Ahmad
Appeal from 113th District Court of Harris County
Trial Court Judge: Patricia Ann Hancock

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

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  

In re A&B GP, LLC (Tex.App.- Houston [1st Dist.] Apr. 7, 2008)(per curiam, challenged order
withdrawn)
DISMISS PETITION FOR WRIT OF MANDAMUS: Per Curiam
Before Justices Nuchia, Hanks and Higley
01-08-00217-CV        In re A&B GP, L.L.C.; A&B Valve and Piping Systems, L.P. a/k/a A&B Valve and
Piping Systems; Connie Dobson; Tara Kolar; Linda Urbanek; and Martin Willmore
Appeal from 113th District Court of Harris County (Judge Patricia Hancock)

In re A&B Valve and Piping Systems, LP (Tex. App.- Houston [1st Dist.] Apr. 7, 2008)(per curiam)
DISMISS PETITION FOR WRIT OF MANDAMUS: Per Curiam
Before Justices Nuchia, Hanks and Higley
01-08-00218-CV        In re A&B Valve and Piping Systems, L.P. a/k/a A&B Valve and Piping Systems;
A&B G.P.,L.L.C.; Connie Dobson; Martin Willmore; Tara Kolar; and Linda Urbanek
Appeal from 113th District Court of Harris County
Trial Court Judge: Honorable Patricia Hancock

Grimes v. Reynolds (Tex.App.- Houston [ 1st Dist.] Mar. 13, 2008)(Anderson)
(dismissal of
attorney malpractice suit reversed, proof of damages in Title VII suit, employment law)
REVERSED AND REMANDED: Opinion by Justice Anderson
14-07-00196-CV Alice S. Grimes v. Ronald E. Reynolds, Individually, and Brown, Brown & Reynolds, P.
C.
Appeal from 113th District Court of Harris County
Trial court judge: Patricia Ann Hancock

Koll Bren Fund VI LP v. HCAD (Tex.App.- Houston [1st Dist.] Feb. 28, 2008) (Radack) (property tax
protest, tax appeal, judicial review, standing, exhaustion of administrative remedies)
AFFIRM TC JUDGMENT: Opinion by
Chief Justice Radack
Before Chief Justice Radack, Justices Jennings and Bland
01-07-00321-CV Koll Bren Fund VI LP and Hartman 3100 Weslayan Acquisitions, LP v. Harris County
Appraisal District and The Appraisal Review Board of Harris County Appraisal District
Appeal from 113th District Court of Harris County (Judge Hon. Patricia Hancock)

General Electric Cap. Corp. v. Knapp, Jr. (Tex.App.- Houston [1st Dist.] Feb. 21, 2008)(Higley)
(
UFTA, fraudulent transfer)
AFFIRM TC JUDGMENT: Opinion by
Justice Higley
Before Justices Nuchia, Hanks and Higley
01-07-00010-CV General Electric Capital Corporation v. A. John Knapp, Jr., also known as A. John
Knapp
Appeal from 113th District Court of Harris County (Hon. Patricia Hancock)

Bosch v. Provident American Life and Health Ins. Co. (Tex. App. [14th Dist.] Oct. 25, 2007)(op. on
rehearing by Justice Hedges)(
Insurance cancellation, coverage denial, no findings of fact)
AFFIRMED: Opinion by
Chief Justice Hedges
Before Chief Justice Hedges, Justices Hudson and Guzman
14-06-00694-CV Yigal Bosch v. Provident American Life and Health Insurance Company
Appeal from 113th District Court of Harris County (name of judge not shown)

Henrixson v. U-Haul Co. of Houston (Tex.App.- Houston [14th Dist.] Aug. 9, 2007)(Hudson)(negligence,
injury by truck, summary judgment reversed, material fact issues)
REVERSED AND REMANDED: Opinion by Justice Hudson
(Before Chief Justice Hedges, Justices Hudson and Guzman)
14-06-00928-CV        Noah Eugene Hendrixson v. U-Haul Co. of Houston
Appeal from 113th District Court of Harris County (Hon. Patricia Ann Hancock)

Ibarra v. Nicholes (Tex.App.- Houston [1st Dist. Aug. 2, 2007)(Higley)(construction subcontractor)
AFFIRM TC JUDGMENT: Opinion by Justice Higley
(Before Justices Nuchia, Keyes and Higley)
01-06-00762-CV        Jesus Ibarra v. Peggy Nicholes, Lesa Nicholes and Salon N.V. And Day Spa, Inc.
Appeal from 113th District Court of Harris County (Hon. Patricia Hancock)

Williams Consolidated I,  v. TIG Ins. Co. (Tex.App.- Houston [14th Dist.] Jul. 31, 2007)(Opinion by
Frost)(
insurance law, duty to defend, indemnify)
Before Justices Frost, Seymore and Guzman
14-06-00075-CV Williams Consolidated I, Ltd./BSI Holdings, Inc., d/b/a
Williams Insulation Company of Houston, Inc. v. TIG Insurance Company
Appeal from 113th District Court of Harris County (Judge Patricia Ann Hancock)
Affirmed in part/ reversed in part

Little v. Needham (Tex.App.- Houston [1st Dist] Jun. 28, 2007)(Keyes)
(
animal law, horse riding risk, accident)
AFFIRM TC JUDGMENT: Opinion by Justice Keyes
Before Chief Justice Radack, Justices Keyes and Higley
01-06-01108-CV Stuart Little v. Susan Needham, Individually and doing business as Needham
Stables, and Alan Needham, Individually and doing business as Sam Houston Feed a/k/a Sam
Houston Feed & Supply II
Appeal from 113th District Court of Harris County (Trial court judge: Hon. Patricia Hancock)

Carpenter v. The Kroger Co. (Tex.App.- Houston [1st Dist.] Jun 14, 2007)(Nuchia)(op. on motion for
rehearing)(
premises liability suit)
REVERSE TC JUDGMENT AND REMAND CASE TO TC FOR FURTHER PROCEEDINGS: Opinion by
Justice Nuchia
Before Justices Nuchia, Keyes and Higley
01-06-00087-CV        Suzanne S. Carpenter v. The Kroger Company and/or The Kroger Co.
Appeal from 113th District Court of Harris County (Hon. Patricia Hancock)

Torres v. Tessier (Tex.App.- Houston [14th Dist.] May 31, 2007)(Guzman)
(PI-auto, personal injury litigation, jury error, sudden emergency instruction)
AFFIRMED: Opinion by Justice Guzman
Before Chief Justice Hedges, Justices Hudson and Guzman
14-06-00484-CV
Antonio Torres v. Colin L. Tessier
Appeal from 113th District Court of Harris County (Hon. Patricia Ann Hancock)

Maryland Casualty Co. v. American Home Assurance Co. (Tex.App.- Houston [1st Dist.] Mar. 29, 2007)
(Bland)(
finality of judgment, interlocutory appeal, ILA, jurisdictional dismissal, DWOJ)

Lewis v. Marina Bay Trucks (Tex.App.- Houston [14th Dist.] Mar. 27, 2007)(Anderson) (summary
judgment)
AFFIRMED: Opinion by Justice Anderson
Before Justices Brock Yates, Anderson and Hudson
14-02-00053-CV        Lewis, Charles and Crowder, Ruth v. Marina Bay Trucks, Inc and Sterling
Financial Group, LLC
Appeal from
113th District Court of Harris County (Hon. Patricia Ann Hancock)

Warwick Towers Council of Co-Owners v. Sydow (Tex.App.- Houston [14th Dist.] Jan. 11, 2007, pet.
granted)(Edelman)(
insurance law, appellate procedure, sufficiency of notice of appeal)
AFFIRMED: Opinion by Justice Edelman
Before Justices Hudson, Edelman and Seymore
14-05-00254-CV        Warwick Towers Council of Co-Owners v. Michael D. Sydow Et Al
Appeal from
113th District Court of Harris County
Dissenting Opinion by Justice Seymore
Before Justices Hudson, Edelman and Seymore
14-05-00254-CV        Warwick Towers Council of Co-Owners v. Michael D. Sydow Et Al
Appeal from 113th District Court of Harris County
UPDATE: See subsequent Supreme Court reversal: Warwick Towers Council of Co-Owners v. Park
Warwick LP, No. 07-0384 (Tex. Jan 25, 2008)(per curiam)(insurance law, sufficiency, effectiveness of
notice of appeal in insured's name)(reversing court of appeals)
Hon. Patricia Hancock
[Former ]113th District Court Judge in Harris County, Texas
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