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Recent Appeals from Commercial Lease and Related Cases
Decided by the Houston Courts of Appeals

Merry Homes, Inc. v. Luu (Tex.App.- Houston [1st Dist.] Feb. 18, 2010)(illegality as bar to
enforcement of commercial lease, liquor regulation, zoning)
In this commercial lease dispute, we determine whether a landlord may enforce a lease to operate a “nightclub or
bar” and for “no other” purpose when the tenant cannot legally obtain a liquor license for the leased premises and the
lease requires that any activity on the premises comply with applicable law.We hold that the trial court correctly
determined that the lease was void because Luu could not perform his obligation under the lease to avoid violating a
City of Houston ordinance.  We further hold that the trial court’s award of $23,500 in attorney’s fees to Luu was not
inequitable or unjust.  We therefore affirm the judgment of the trial court.
AFFIRM TRIAL COURT JUDGMENT: Opinion by Justice Bland     
Before Chief Justice Radack, Justices Bland and Massengale    
01-09-00187-CV   Merry Homes, Inc. v. Chi Hung Luu    
Appeal from 151st District Court of Harris County
Trial Court Judge:
Hon. Michael Engelhart   

Hines v. JPMorgan Chase Bank NA (Tex.App.- Houston [14th Dist.] Oct. 9, 2008)(per curiam)
(appeal from commercial eviction possession order not authorized,
DWOJ)
DISMISSED: Per Curiam  
Before Justices Brock Yates, Seymore and Boyce
14-08-00707-CV Bernice H. Hines, d/b/a Krestmont Kiddie College v. JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A.,,
Et Al.
Appeal from County Civil Court at Law No 4 of Harris County
Trial Court
Judge:  Roberta Anne Lloyd

Salymeh v. Plaza Centro, LLC (Tex. App.- Houston [1st Dist.] Aug. 26, 2008)(Seymore)
(lease law, landlord-tenant,
forcible detainer, right of possession, lost rents not proven)
AFFIRMED: Opinion by
Justice Seymore  
Before Justices Fowler, Seymore and Guzman
14-06-01101-CV  Mohammad Salymeh d/b/a Muebleria Y Bazar Tierrablanca v. Plaza Centro,
LLCAppeal from County Civil Court at Law No 2 of Harris County
Trial Court Judge:
Judge Gary Michael Block

Randall's Food and Drugs, LP v. Patton (Tex.App.- Houston [1st Dist.] Aug 21,2008)(Radack)
(lease law commercial, sublease,
duty to mitigate damages, anticipatory repudiation)
AFFIRM TC JUDGMENT: Opinion by Chief Justice Radack  
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
Appeal from Civil County Court at Law No 4 of Harris County
Trial Court
Judge: Hon. Roberta A. Lloyd  

Was commercial lease ambiguous?
Narsi v. Weingarten Realty Investors (Tex.App.- Houston [1st Dist.] Nov. 29, 2007)(Hanks)
(commercial breach of lease,
mitigation defense, attorney's fees)
AFFIRM TC JUDGMENT: Opinion by Justice Hanks
01-06-00690-CV Amirali M. Narsi v. Weingarten Realty Investors
Appeal from 189th District Court of Harris County (
Hon. William R. Burke, Jr.)

Shopping center tenant's fraud claims fail - Summary judgment for defendants affirmed
Loewe v. Trammell Crow Co. (Tex.App.- Houston [14th Dist.] Nov. 15, 2007)(Edelman)(commercial
lease,
DTPA, Real Estate Licensing Act, RELA, common law statutory fraud claim, hearsay objection
to web site printout sustained, summary judgment evidence stricken)
AFFIRMED: Opinion by Justice Edelman
14-06-00971-CV Jeanenne Loewe, Individually, and d/b/a The Elite Salon of 1960 v. Trammell Crow
Company and Trammell Crow Houston, Ltd.
Appeal from 334th District Court of Harris County (
Hon. Sharon McCally)

Broussard v. Knox (Tex.App.- Houston [14th Dist.] Aug. 16, 2007)(Anderson) (commercial lease,
landlord-tenant, DTPA)
AFFIRMED: Opinion by Justice Anderson
14-06-00225-CV Joseph H. Broussard d/b/a The Billiard Emporium v. Myrtle A. Knox d/b/a Mainland
Plaza Shopping Center, Knox's Interest's, Et Al, Attorney James C. Daniels, James C. Daniels, PC., Et
Al--Appeal from 10th District Court of Galveston County (Hon. David Edward Garner)

7979 Airport Garage, LLC v. Dollar Rent a Car Systems (Tex.App.- Houston [14th Dist.] Apr. 27,
2007)(Guzman)(
lease case, repairs, contractual attorneys fees, fee segregation, counterclaim)
AFFIRMED IN PART; REVERSED & REMANDED IN PART: Opinion by Justice Guzman
14-05-00484-CV        7979 Airport Garage, LLC v. Dollar Rent a Car Systems, Inc.
Appeal from 80th District Court of Harris County (
Judge Kent Sullivan)

Hong Kong Development Inc. v. Kim Loan Nguyen (Tex.App.- Houston [1st Dist.] Jun. 7, 2007)(Taft)
[commercial real estate, lease, forcible entry and detainer]
AFFIRM TC JUDGMENT IN PART, REVERSE TC JUDGMENT IN PART, AND REMAND CASE TO TC
FOR FURTHER PROCEEDINGS: Opinion by Justice Taft
01-04-00586-CV Hong Kong Development, Inc., Hai Du Duong, and Phuong Truong Tu v. Kim Loan
Nguyen d/b/a Alpha Baker
Appeal from Co Civil Ct at Law No 1 of Harris County (Hon. Jack Cagle)
Recent Appellate Decisions in Commercial Lease Disputes and other
Landlord-Tenant Cases
(Tex.App.- Houston 2009 2008 2007)
Old Harris County Civil Courthouse

Texas Supreme Court Cases

Gym-N-I Playground, Inc. v. Snider,
No 05-0197 (Tex. Apr. 20,
2007)(Jefferson)(commercial lease,
"as is" provision, warranty disclaimer
enforceable, bars suit)
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