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Certian Underwriters at Lloyd's of London Subscribing to Policy Number FINFR0801509

This is a permissive interlocutory appeal of a partial summary judgment. See TEX. CIV. PRAC. & REM. CODE ANN. § 51.014(d) (West Supp. 2013). Certain

1 Underwriters have moved for reconsideration of our March 11, 2014 opinion. The panel denies rehearing, withdraws its prior opinion and judgment, and issues this opinion and judgment in their place.


Underwriters at Lloyd’s ... More...
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Gordon Westergren & Mark Sparks v. Johnnie Glenn Jennings, Jr.

In this appeal, we consider whether the trial court erred in imposing sanctions against appellant and his attorney pursuant to Chapter 10 of the Civil Practices and Remedies Code. We vacate the trial court’s order.



The Real Estate Contracts

Sometime before April 2006, plaintiff, Gordon Westergren, conceived an idea to develop a rail-served warehouse devel... More...
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Patricia Cantu v. Frye & Associates, P.L.L.C., Phyllis R. Frye, and Salvador Benavides

After the trial court resolved this case on cross-motions for summary judgment, appellant Patricia Cantu appealed the judgment entered in favor of the appellees, Frye & Associates, PLLC, Phyllis R. Frye, and Salvador Benavidez. In


three issues, she argues that summary judgment should not have been granted as to her causes of action and that summary judgment should have been granted... More...
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United States of America v. Shamont Lyle Sapp

Portland, Ore.—Shamont Lyle Sapp, 50, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Anna J. Brown to 33 months in prison for mail fraud in an unsuccessful scheme to obtain money from four Roman Catholic dioceses through fictitious claims of child sex abuse by priests. A former Pennsylvania resident, Sapp pleaded guilty to pursuing fabricated cases against dioceses in Portland, Oregon; Tuc... More...   $0 (06-11-2014 - OR)

United States of America v. Elvin Alisuretove

Muskogee, OK - The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, announced that ELVIN ALISURETOVE, age 36, of Newcastle, Washington, was sentenced to 63 months imprisonment, followed by 3 years of supervised release for Conspiracy to Commit Wire Fraud, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1349. The defendant was also ordered to pay $146,014.38 in restitut... More...   $0 (06-11-2014 - OK)

Packgen v. BP Exploration & Production, Inc. and BP America Production Company

In the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill of 2010, Appellant Packgen, a manufacturer of packaging products, sought to sell oil containment boom to Appellees BP Exploration & Production, Inc. and BP America Production Company (collectively, "BP"). Despite months of negotiations, BP ultimately decided not to purchase any boom from Packgen. Packgen subsequently filed a five-count complaint ... More...   $0 (06-11-2014 - ME)

United States of America v. Ara Keshishyan

San Diego, CA - United States Attorney Laura E. Duffy announced today that Ara Keshishyan pleaded guilty to leading and organizing a 14-defendant conspiracy to steal more than $1 million from Citibank using cash advance kiosks in a dozen casinos from Southern California to Las Vegas.

Keshishyan presided over a conspiracy to exploit a gap in Citibank’s electronic transaction security pro... More...
   $0 (06-10-2014 - CA)

Jerry Alfred Futch, Jr. v. Baker Botts, LLP

After pleading guilty to the felony offense of false reporting, a former client sued the law firm that had represented him, asserting a claim for breach of contract and seeking forfeiture of attorney’s fees based on alleged breaches of fiduciary duty. The trial court granted summary judgment in favor of the law firm based on


the grounds that (1) the contract claim, which was base... More...
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Cheniere Energy, Inc. v. Azin Lotfi

This is an interlocutory appeal. Azin Lotfi sued her employer, Cheniere Energy, Inc., claiming her employment was wrongly terminated; she also sued two officers of the company, Charif Souki and Greg Rayford, for tortious interference with her employment at Cheniere. Souki and Rayford filed a motion to dismiss


Lotfi’s claims against them under chapter 27 of the Texas Civil Practic... More...
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Marissa Rea v. Blue Shield of California

In 1999, the Legislature enacted the California Mental Health Parity Act (Health & Saf. Code, § 1374.72)1 (Parity Act) to address the imbalance between medical coverage for physical illnesses and mental illnesses. The Parity Act mandated that every health care service plan contract “provide coverage for the diagnosis and medically necessary treatment of severe mental illnesses . . . under the s... More...   $0 (06-10-2014 - CA)

United States of America v. Seeney Ristick

Seattle, WA - A Tacoma, Washington man who claimed more than $1.8 million in false income tax refunds pleaded guilty today in U.S. District Court in Tacoma, announced U.S. Attorney Jenny A. Durkan. SEENEY RISTICK, 33, faces up to five years in prison when sentenced by U.S. District Judge Benjamin H. Settle on September 8, 2014.

According to the plea agreement, between 2008 an... More...
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Vista Quality Markets v. Jorge Lizalde

Vista Quality Markets (“Vista”) appeals the trial court’s order denying its motion to compel arbitration. We reverse and remand to the trial court with instructions to enter an order compelling arbitration.


Vista is engaged in the business of operating grocery stores in El Paso, Texas, and is a non-subscriber to workers’ compensation. In Febr... More...
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United States of America v. Stanlry Thaw and Michael Kincaid

DALLAS — Yesterday afternoon, two businessmen, Stanley Thaw, 72, of Frisco, Texas, and Michael Kincaid, 57, of Plano, Texas, who owned and operated hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) companies located in Plano, Denton, Hurst, Houston, and San Antonio, Texas, were each sentenced to five years in federal prison by U.S. District Judge Jorge A. Solis for conspiring to commit health care fraud. In add... More...   $0 (06-06-2014 - TX)

United States of America v. James Ronald Donahoo, II

SALT LAKE CITY, UT - James Ronald Donahoo, II, age 36, of St. George, Utah, entered guilty pleas to wire fraud, money laundering, and failure to file a tax return in U.S. District Court in Salt Lake City Thursday afternoon in connection with a scheme to defraud individuals and companies he recruited to invest in Paradigm Investing, Inc., a Utah corporation he exercised control over.

... More...
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JJJJ Walker, LLC; Dynafab USA, LLC; Renaissance Properties of Texas, LLC; Priya Properties, LLC; BD Texas, LLC; and KW Hospital Acquisition, LLC v. Eric Yollick

In this fraud case, the plaintiffs prevailed in their claims against a bank, the bank’s corporate agent, and the bank’s attorney, but the trial court granted judgment notwithstanding the verdict on the claim against the bank’s attorney on the ground that no evidence supported the liability finding. In arguments that we treat as cross-points, the attorney argues that the economic-loss rule an... More...   $0 (06-05-2014 - TX)

City Direct Motor Cars, Inc and Mahdi Mohammadaghaei v. Expo Motorcars, L.L.C.

City Direct Motor Car, Inc. and its president, Mahdi Mohammadaghaei (collectively, “City Direct”), appeal the trial court’s judgment in favor of Expo Motorcars, L.L.C. on Expo Motorcars’s claims for breach of implied warranty of title, negligent misrepresentation, and fraud. We affirm the trial court’s judgment.


Expo Motorcars agreed to purchase a 2008 Mercedes S... More...
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Charles P Curry & Jennifer Curry v. Harris County Appraisal District

Today we address the scope of a property owner’s rights and remedies to challenge the appraised value of real property for property-tax purposes. The property owners asserted protests before the appraisal review board, challenging the appraised value of their real property. The appraisal review board concluded


that the appraisal for the tax year at issue was incorrect and ordered... More...
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Harsadbhai Patel & Dharmishtha Patel v. Harris County Appraisal District and The Appraisal Review Board of Harris County Appraisal District

This case involves important issues regarding the rights and remedies of property owners who challenge the appraised value of real property for property-tax purposes. The property owners in today’s case protested before the appraisal


review board the appraised value of their real property. Following a contested hearing, the appraisal review board concluded that the appraisal for ... More...
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Victor S. Elgohary v. Herrera Partners, L.P.

In this appeal from the denial of a post-judgment turnover order, we consider whether (1) the trial court’s order is final and appealable, and (2) the trial court


erred in denying appellant’s request that certain property be turned over to a receiver appointed to collect a judgment on his behalf. We affirm.


The Underlying Suit

In 2006, Elgohary a... More...
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Helen Mayfield v. North Village Green I Homeowner's Association, Inc.

Helen Mayfield sued North Village Green I Homeowner’s Association, Inc., James Patrick Kennedy, and Duane T. Corley. Each defendant filed a motion for summary judgment, which the trial court granted. Mayfield identifies six issues on appeal.


We affirm.

Background Summary

In 2002, a fire occurred at the North Village Green Condominiums. An insurance dispute a... More...
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Jorge L. Fernandez v. The City of Miami

Former City of Miami City Attorney Jorge L. Fernandez appeals a final


judgment and orders on attorney’s fees and costs entered against him after a nonjury trial. Mr. Fernandez, plaintiff below, sought $274,721 in severance, vacation, and sick leave payments from the City in a breach of contract action. Mr. Fernandez’s lawsuit followed his plea of nolo contendere and adjudicatio... More...
   $0 (06-04-2014 - FL)

United States of America v. Audrey Owens

RIVERSIDE, California – An Upland attorney was sentenced today to one year and one day in federal prison for stealing $129,795 from the Social Security Administration (SSA) after her grandmother died in 2000.

Audrey Owens, 61, who until she retired in September was a deputy public defender for Riverside County, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Virginia A. Phillips.More...
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United States of America v. Olusola Arojojoye

Olusola Arojojoye participated in a multi‐faceted fraudulent check‐cashing operation involving his creation of fraudulent documents bearing the identities of people and fictitious businesses. After he was caught in the act, he was indicted by a grand jury on a dozen counts related to fraud. He ultimately pleaded guilty to one count of bank fraud in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1344 and one count ... More...   $0 (06-03-2014 - IL)

Gabriele S. Blankenship v. Richard W. Possett, Sr.

Tulsa, OK - Wes Johnson represented Gabriele S. Blankenship who sued Richard W. Possett, Sr.:

ssue # 1.
Filed Date: 07/13/2011
Party Name: Disposition Information:

Defendant: POSSETT, RIC... More...
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United States of America v. Jessika Green

OAKLAND, CA – Jessika Green pleaded guilty on May 30, 2014, to conspiring to file false claims, announced U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag and Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation, Special Agent in Charge José M. Martinez.

According to the plea agreement, beginning in January 2011, Green assisted in filing several tax returns with the IRS that were false and fraudulent. Green adm... More...
   $0 (06-02-2014 - CA)

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