RECENT APPELLATE DECISIONS IN PRODUCT LIABILITY CASES
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In re Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. (Tex.App. - Houston [14th Dist.] Feb. 2, 2010)(Anderson)
(
discovery mandamus granted to protect trade secrets in product liability litigation) (trade secret
privilege-relevant factors)  
MOTION OR WRIT GRANTED: Opinion by
Justice Anderson     
Before Chief Justice Hedges, Justices Anderson and Boyce    
14-09-00906-CV  In Re Cooper Tire & Rubber Company    
Appeal from 127th District Court of Harris County
Trial Court Judge:
R.K. Sandill

Sico North America, Inc. v. Willis (Tex.App.- Houston [14th Dist] Sep. 10, 2009)(Boyce)
(
choice of law when not agreed to in contract, statute of repose, products liability, defective folding table
used in schools, amputation of finger caught between panels)  
AFFIRMED: Opinion by
Justice Boyce   
Before Justices Anderson, Guzman and Boyce  
14-08-00158-CV  Sico North America, Inc v. James R. Willis Individually, and as Next Friend of John Willis
Appeal from 334th District Court of Harris County
Trial Court Judge:  
Sharon McCally

DBHL, Inc. v. Moen Inc. (Tex.App.- Houston [1st Dist.] Jun. 25, 2009)(Opinion by Bland)
(
product liability, no indemnity owed)
AFFIRM TRIAL COURT JUDGMENT: Opinion by Justice
Jane Bland     
Panel members: Justices Taft, Bland and Sharp   
01-08-00046-CV DBHL, Inc. and Dearborn HL, S. de R.L. de C.V.
v. Moen Incorporated and Moen Sonora S.A. de C.V.   
Appeal from 295th District Court of Harris County
Trial Court Judge:
Hon. Tracy Christopher  

Merck & Co. v. Ernst (Tex.App.- Houston [14th Dist.] Jun. 4, 2009)(Opinion on rehearing by Hedges)
(Vioxx jury judgment reversed)
REVERSED AND RENDERED: Opinion by
Chief Justice Hedges  
Before Chief Justice Hedges, Justices Anderson and Brown
14-06-00835-CV Merck & Co., Inc. v. Carol A. Ernst, Individually and as
Representative of the Estate of Robert Charles Ernst, Deceased  
Appeal from 23rd District Court of Brazoria County
Trial Court Judge: Ben Hardin

Champion v. Great Dane LP,
NO.
14-08-00310-CV (Tex. App.-Houston [14th Dist.] May 7, 2009)(Frost)(product liability)
design defect, defective manufacturing)
TOMMY CHAMPION, Appellant  V.  GREAT DANE LIMITED PARTNERSHIP, Appellee
Affirmed and Opinion filed May 7, 2
On Appeal from the 189th District Court
Harris County, Texas

Scott Bader, Inc. v. Sandstone Products, Inc. (Tex.App.- Houston [1st Dist.] Feb. 28, 2008)(Higley)
(
products liability, imposition of sanctions by trial court)
AFFIRM TC JUDGMENT IN PART, REVERSE TC JUDGMENT IN PART,
AND REMAND CASE TO TC FOR FURTHER PROCEEDINGS: Opinion by
Justice Higley
Before Justices Nuchia, Keyes and Higley
01-05-00940-CV Scott Bader, Inc., Amy C. Wright, Kern & Wooley, L.L.P., and National Pigments &
Chemicals, Inc. v. Sandstone Products, Inc.
Appeal from 127th District Court of Harris County (
Judge Sharolyn Wood)
Dissenting Opinion by Justice Keyes in Scott Bader, Inc. v. Sandstone Products, Inc. (sanctions)  

Heckel v. Allen Samuels Chevrolet and GE (Tex.App.- Houston [14th Dist.] Aug. 28, 2008)(Guzman)
(
product liability claim time-barred, warranty claim remanded)
AFFIRMED IN PART; REVERSED & REMANDED IN PART: Opinion by Justice Guzman  
Before Justices Brock Yates, Guzman and Brown
14-07-00254-CV  Sharon Heckel v. Allen Samuels Chevrolet and General Motors Corporation  
Appeal from 333rd District Court of Harris County
Trial Court Judge:
Joseph J. Halbach
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Tread separation claim probably time-barred
The statute of limitations may have run on this one
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