Recent Opinions Authored by the Hon. Charles Seymore
in Civil Appeals (Tex.App.- Houston [14th Dist.] 2010)

Also see --> 2009 Seymore Opinions in Civil Appeals |
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Justice Seymore Expresses Public Policy Concerns over Enforcement of Arbitration
Agreement in Attorney-Client Disputes
Pham v. Letney (Tex.App.- Houston [1st Dist.] March 4, 2010)(Hedges) (arbitration agreement in legal
services contract between lawyer and client enforced by mandamus, interlocutory appeal of order denying
motion to compel arbitration dismissed, FAA applied, TAA would be preempted)    
INTERLOCUTORY APPEAL DISMISSED: Opinion by
Chief Justice Hedges     
Before Chief
Justice Hedges, Justices Seymore and Justice Sullivan      
14-08-01153-CV  Steven Tuan Pham v. Shelly Letney    
Appeal from 215th District Court of Harris County
Trial Court
Judge: Levi James Benton  
Dissenting Opinion by Justice Seymore in Pham v. Letney
(In consideration of the unique relationship between attorney and client, Justice Seymore writes dissent to
articulate his concern about mandatory arbitration provisions in attorney-client agreements)  

In re Tuam Pham (pdf) (Tex.App.- Houston [1st Dist.] March 4, 2010)(Hedges)     
MOTION OR WRIT GRANTED: Opinion by
Chief Justice Adele Hedges     
Before Chief Justice Hedges, Justices Seymore and Sullivan    
14-09-00387-CV  In Re Steven Tuam Pham    
Appeal from 215th District Court of Harris County
Dissenting Opinion by Justice Seymore In re Tuam Pham (pdf)         

WTG Gas Processing, LP v. ConocoPhillips Company (pdf)
(Tex.App.- Houston [14th Dist.] Mar. 2, 2010) (Corrected superseding opinion by Seymore)
AFFIRMED: Opinion by Justice Seymore     
Before Chief Justice Hedges, Justices Anderson and Seymore   
14-08-00019-CV WTG Gas Processing, LP v. ConocoPhillips Company, Targa Field Services, LLC, Targa
Resources Texas GP LLC, Targa Resouces, Inc., Targa Texas Field Services, Lp and Warburg Pincus, LLC    
Appeal from 333rd District Court of Harris County  
Trial Court Judge:
Joseph J. ("Tad") Halbach    

WTG Gas Processing, LP v. ConocoPhillips Company
(Tex.App.- Houston [14th Dist.] Feb. 23, 2010)(Original, superseded opinion by Seymore)
(cross appeals,
breach of contract and tortious-interference claims, no contract formed, statute of frauds,
summary judgment affirmed)
AFFIRMED: Opinion by
Justice Seymore     
Before Chief Justice Hedges, Justices Anderson and Seymore    
14-08-00019-CV  WTG Gas Processing, LP v. ConocoPhillips Company, Targa Field Services, LLC, Targa
Resources Texas GP LLC, Targa Resouces, Inc., Targa Texas Field Services, Lp and Warburg Pincus, LLC   
Appeal from 333rd District Court of Harris County
Trial Court Judge:
Joseph J. Halbach  

In Re Continental Airlines, Inc. (Tex.App. - Houston [14th Dist.] Feb. 4, 2010)(Seymore)
(
mandamus relief granted to quash apex disposition)
The trial court abused its discretion by compelling the apex deposition of Larry Kellner.  Accordingly, we
conditionally grant Continental’s petition and direct the trial court to set aside its October 26, 2009 order
compelling Kellner’s deposition.  
MOTION OR WRIT GRANTED: Opinion by Justice Seymore     
Before Chief Justice Hedges, Justices Seymore and Sullivan    
14-09-00952-CV  In Re Continental Airlines, Inc.    
Appeal from 11th District Court of Harris County
Trial Court Judge:
Mike Miller

Silas v. St. Lukes' Episcopal Properties Corp.
(Tex.App.- Houston [14th Dist.] Jan. 28, 2010)(Seymore)
(summary judgment against
res ipso loquitur premises liability claim affirmed, no proof of knowledge)
AFFIRMED: Opinion by Justice Seymore      
Before Chief Justice Hedges, Justices Seymore and Sullivan    
14-08-00353-CV  Kimberly Silas v. St. Luke's Episcopal Properties Corporation and The Women's Specialist
of Houston, PLLC    
Appeal from 234th District Court of Harris County
Trial Court Judge:
Reese Rondon    

In re Vossdale Townhouse Ass'n (Tex.App.- Houston [14th Dist.] Dec. 29, 2009)(Seymore)
(
sanctions for discovery abuse, attorney disqualification not authorized as sanction, fundamental right to their
counsel of choice)(mandamus granted)
In the petition, relators ask this Court to compel the Honorable Mike Engelhart, presiding judge of the 151st
District Court of Harris County, to set aside his February 4, 2009 order removing relators’ attorney from
representation of them in the underlying case.  We conditionally grant the petition, in part, and deny it, in
part.  An order directing that counsel may no longer represent his clients in the subject litigation is not among
those sanctions enumerated in Rule 215.2(b).
GRANTED IN PART AND DENIED IN PART: Opinion by Justice Seymore    
Before Chief Justice Hedges, Justices Seymore and Sullivan     
14-09-00723-CV  In Re Vossdale Townhouse Association, Inc.; John B. Baird, as President of the Vossdale
Townhouse Association, Inc., and Individually; and Pauletta Gwen Holley Gilbert, as Secretary of the Vossdale
Townhouse Association, Inc., and Individually    
Appeal from 151st District Court of Harris County  
Trial Court Judge:
Mike Engelhart

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  

DL Louetta Village Square LP v. HCAD (pdf) (Tex.App.- Houston [14th Dist.] Dec. 22, 2009)(Seymore)
(
dismissal for lack of standing affirmed)(before use of a common name is adequate to justify substitution
under Rule 28, a party must show it was in fact doing business under that common name, dba)
AFFIRMED: Opinion by
Justice Seymore    
Before Justices Seymore, Brown and Sullivan
14-08-00549-CV  DL Louetta Village Square LP and JL Louetta Village Square LP a/k/a Nomura Credit
Capital Inc as the Property Owners and the
Property Owners v. Harris County Appraisal District   
Appeal from 280th District Court of Harris County
Trial Court
Judge: Tony Lindsay  

Azad v. Aaron Rents Inc.(pdf)(Tex.App.- Houston [14th Dist.] Dec. 17, 2009)(Seymore)
(commercial lease case, attorney's fees)
AFFIRMED: Opinion by Justice Seymore    
Before Chief Justice Hedges, Justices Anderson and Seymore   
14-07-01087-CV  Hardam S. Azad and Manohar S. Mann v. Aaron Rents Inc. d/b/a Aaron Rents, Inc d/b/a
Texas Aaron Rents, Inc   
Appeal from 333rd District Court of Harris County
Trial Court Judge:
Joseph J. Halbach

Ex Parte S.C. (pdf)(Tex.App.- Houston [14th Dist.] Dec. 8, 2009)(Seymore)(expunction appeal)
Appellant, Texas State Securities Board appeals from an expunction order concerning files and records relating to appellee, S.
C.  In its sole issue, the Board contends the order is broader than authorized by the statute governing expunction.  Because we
agree, we modify the order and affirm as modified.
AFFIRMED AS MODIFIED: Opinion by Justice Seymore    
Before Justices Seymore, Brown and Boyce   
14-08-00381-CV  Ex Parte S.C   
Appeal from 189th District Court of Harris County
Trial Court Judge:
Bill Burke

City of Alvin v. Zindle (pdf) (Tex.App.- Houston [14th Dist.] Dec. 8, 2009)
(
oil and gas law, mineral estate, tax lien foreclosure)
AFFIRMED AS MODIFIED: Opinion by Justice Seymore    
Before Chief Justice Hedges, Justices Seymore and Sullivan   
14-08-00458-CV  City of Alvin v. Sallie Zindle   
Appeal from 239th District Court of Brazoria County
Trial Court Judge: Hon. Patrick Edward Sebesta

Walker v. Rangel (pdf) (Tex.App.- Houston [14th  Dist.] Dec. 3, 2009)(Seymore)
(
admission and exclusion of evidence, harm analysis)
(A jury found Rangel’s negligence did not proximately cause the accident.  Walker now appeals, contending
the trial court erred in admitting opinion testimony of Senior Police Officer Daryl Woods of the Houston Police
Department and Rangel’s accident reconstruction expert, Dale King.
After a thorough review of the appellate record, we conclude the trial court erroneously admitted testimony)
(harm analysis re admission/exclusion of evidence)
REVERSED AND REMANDED: Opinion by Justice Seymore  
Before Chief Justice Hedges, Justices Seymore and Sullivan    
14-08-00643-CV        Juanita Walker v. April Rangel    
Appeal from County Civil Court at Law No 4 of Harris County
Trial Court Judge:
Roberta Anne Lloyd


Also see --> 2009 Civil Appellate Opinions by Justice Seymore
OPINION OUTPUT: In FY 2008, which ended August 31, 2009, Justice Charles W. Seymore
authored 130 of the Fourteenth Court of Appeals' 1199 opinions. 65 on these were signed opinions
on the merits, 61 per curiam opinion, and four other opinions.
Justice Seymore penned one dissenting and one concurring opinion.
Also see --> 2008 Civil Case Opinions by Justice Seymore
Also see --> 2007 Opinions by Justice Seymore in Civil Appeals

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