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Texas Circumstantial Evidence Law
 

In the interest of R.S. and J.S., children

This is an appeal from an order in which the trial court terminated the parental
rights of the parents of R.S. and J.S. after a de novo hearing. The children’s mother
appeals. We affirm.
The mother presents six issues for review. In her first five issues, the mother
challenges the legal and factual sufficiency of the evidence to support the
termination of her rights and the app... More...
   $0 (03-29-2017 - TX)

Shreef Kamel, W.D. Masterson and Kilgore & Kilgore, PLLC v. Advocare International, L.P.

This is an appeal from an order granting a motion for sanctions filed by appellee AdvoCare International, Inc. against appellants Shereef Kamel, a former independent distributor of AdvoCare products; Kamel’s attorney, W.D. Masterson; and Masterson’s law firm, Kilgore & Kilgore, PLLC. The trial court found that appellants brought baseless claims against AdvoCare and ordered Masterson to pay AdvoCar... More...   $0 (03-29-2017 - TX)

Bruce Hitt v. Frank Zarauskas d/b/a Boondocks Bar & Grill

This is an appeal from an order denying a motion for new trial following a post-answer
default judgment. Because the defendant presented uncontroverted proof entitling him to relief, we
must reverse.
BACKGROUND
Appellant Bruce Hitt is a real-estate broker and investor who, at relevant times,
owned a San Angelo restaurant then known as the “Stillwater Bar & Grill.”1 In 2013, Hit... More...
   $0 (03-29-2017 - TX)

Santander Consumer USA, Inc. v. Mario A. Mata; Centroplex Automobile Recovery, Inc.; Blake Thornton Vandusen, John F. Thompson d/b/a Centroplex Automobile Recovery, Inc.; and Redshift Investigation, Inc.

This is an appeal from the trial court’s denial of a motion to compel arbitration and
stay proceedings filed by appellant Santander Consumer USA, Inc. The trial court granted the
motion as to appellee Mario A. Mata and denied it as to the remaining appellees, Centroplex
Automobile Recovery, Inc.; Blake Thornton Vandusen; John F. Thompson d/b/a Centroplex
Automobile Recovery, Inc.; ... More...
   $0 (03-29-2017 - TX)

Jane Doe v. Columbia North Hills Hospital Subsidiary, L.P., Columbia North Texas Subsidiary GP, LLC, and HCA Health Services of Texas, Inc.

A court cannot compel arbitration in the absence of a valid arbitration
agreement, and a valid arbitration agreement cannot exist in the absence of
employee notice and acceptance. In re Dallas Peterbilt, Ltd., L.L.P., 196 S.W.3d
2
161, 162 (Tex. 2006); In re AdvancePCS Health L.P., 172 S.W.3d 603, 605 (Tex.
2005). In this appeal from a final judgment confirming an arbitr... More...
   $0 (03-23-2017 - TX)

In the interest of A. H. L., a Child

This is an accelerated appeal from a decree terminating parental rights. In her
only viable appellate issue, the mother asserts that the evidence was legally and
factually insufficient to show that termination was in the best interest of her child.
See TEX. FAM. CODE § 161.001(b). We find sufficient evidence to support the trial
court’s decree, and we affirm.


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   $0 (03-29-2017 - TX)

Memorial Hermann Health System v. Samia Khalil, M.D.

After 40 years of employment at Memorial Hermann hospital, Dr. Samia
Khalil sued Memorial Hermann Health System for defamation, tortious
interference with an existing contract, conspiracy, and intentional infliction of
emotional distress. Khalil, age 77, also sued for age discrimination. Memorial
2

Hermann sought to dismiss several of her claims under summary dismiss... More...
   $0 (03-29-2017 - TX)

United States of America v. Emmanuel Velasco Gurrola

El Paso, TX - El Paso Man Sentenced to Life in Federal Prison in Connection with Murder-For-Hire Plot

Emmanuel Velasco Gurrola, age 30, was sentenced to life in federal prison for his role in a murder-for-hire plot.

Senior United States District Judge David Briones imposed a life-imprisonment sentence on each count to which Velasco Gurrola pleaded guilty prior to trial: three co... More...
   $0 (03-23-2017 - TX)

United States of America v. Samuel Velasco Gurrola

El Paso, TX - Samuel Velasco Gurrola Sentenced to Life in Federal Prison for Murder-For-Hire Plot Involving His Wife, Her Father and Her Sister

Sentence comes one day after his brother, Emmanuel Velasco Gurrola, received a life sentence for his role in the plot

Samuel Velasco Gurrola was sentenced to life in federal prison for his role in a murder-for-hire plot.

On Octob... More...
   $0 (03-24-2017 - TX)

United States of America v. Noble U. Ezukanma

Dallas, TX - Federal Jury Convicts Doctor of $40 Million Medicare Fraud

Following a five-day trial before U.S. District Judge Jane Boyle, a federal jury has convicted Noble U. Ezukanma, 57, of Fort Worth, Texas, of seven counts of health care fraud offenses.

Ezukanma was convicted of one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud and six counts of health care fraud. The heal... More...
   $0 (03-26-2017 - TX)

Ronniece Lashae Griffin v. The State of Texas


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Ronniece Lashae Griffin appeals her conviction by a jury for aggravated robbery. In
three issues she contends the evidence is insufficient to s... More...
   $0 (03-23-2017 - TX)

Dennis Francis Wolever v. The State of Texas

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On September 24, 2013, appellant was charged by indictment with assault of a public
servant. See ... More...
   $0 (03-23-2017 - TX)

Quavize Lejuante Jones v. The State of Texas

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The facts are undisputed. Jones killed Shaw by stabbing her multiple times in her upper
body and head. In charging him with murder, the State alleged two punishment-... More...   $0 (03-23-2017 - TX)

Jerry Mitchell Morris v. The State of Texas


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Late in the evening of May 2, 2015, a woman working at a retail store noticed two
vehicles that had been parked for about thirty m... More...
   $0 (03-23-2017 - TX)

Annie Malone Salim v. The State of Texas

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On September 4, 2013, Linda Boatman called the emergency telephone number, 9-1-1, to
report a fema... More...
   $0 (03-23-2017 - TX)

Brian Cloninger v. The State of Texas

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Eight-year-old D.J. testified late one afternoon, he noticed a truck he had never seen
before in the parking lot of his apartment building. Cloninger was standing at ... More...   $0 (03-23-2017 - TX)

Brian Jason White v. The State of Texas

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The complainant, Jason Earnhardt, and his wife started Earnhardt Restoration and
Roofing (ERR) in 2010. The company primarily re... More...
   $0 (03-23-2017 - TX)

Felipe deJesus Blanco

Convicted Rapist Gets 70 Years

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Appellant was charged with aggravated sexual assault in a single-count indictment with
fifteen par... More...
   $0 (03-23-2017 - TX)

John Christopher Cortes v. The State of Texas

Following a jury trial, appellant John Christopher Cortes appeals his conviction for
indecency with a child. In a single issue, appellant contends the evidence is legally insufficient
to prove he was the person who committed the offense because the complainant could not
identify him in court. Because there was other evidence sufficient to prove appellant committed
the crime, ... More...
   $0 (03-23-2017 - TX)

Michael Wright v. The State of Texas

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In his sole issue on appeal, Wright asserts the pre-trial identification by the victim,
Marquise S... More...
   $0 (03-23-2017 - TX)

Eric G. Yzaguirre v. The State of Texas

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Yzaguirre was charged with two counts of indecency with a child by touching the breast
of his step-daughter C.B. on two different dates. At trial, C.B. testified about the events which
occurred when she was twe... More...   $0 (03-22-2017 - TX)

Jose Flores FRANCO v. The STATE of Texas

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The State requested an interpreter for one of its witnesses who primarily spoke Spanish.
The tria... More...
   $0 (03-21-2017 - TX)

Barry Pizzo v. The State of Texas

The jury heard evidence that appellant, who was 54 years old at the time, met “Irene
Wright” and her mother in May 2012 after they found his dog and returned it to his house. 1
Appellant invited them inside, showed them his other dogs, and invited Irene to come back. Irene,
who was 13 years old at the time, returned to appellant’s house on numerous occasions, sometimes
alone, unti... More...
   $0 (03-21-2017 - TX)

James Alan Weatherford v. The State of Texas

Sex Offender

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The indictment in this cause alleged four counts of promotion of child pornography
and 22 counts of... More...
   $0 (03-21-2017 - TX)

Louis Anthony Ramos v. The State of Texas

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Ramos shot and killed Johnny Saxon. When Johnny’s daughter H.S. and mother 3
Anita attempted to call 911, Ramos pointed a gun at them and instructed them not to call for help. 4
Ramos then fled but later turned h... More...   $0 (03-21-2017 - TX)

Jose Fernandez-Madrid v. The State of Texas

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In October 2014, Deputy Jeramiah Ellison of the Williamson County Sheriff’s
Office noticed a truck that he believed was following too closel... More...
   $0 (03-21-2017 - TX)

David Wayne Smith v. The State of Texas

A grand jury indicted appellant for committing assault. The indictment
alleged that he had a romantic or dating relationship with the victim, that he had
been previously convicted of assault against a member of his family or
household, and that he had been previously convicted of two felony offenses.
Pursuant to a plea bargain agreement, appellant pled guilty, and the trial c... More...
   $0 (03-21-2017 - TX)

United States of America v. Gary Busby

Dallas, TX - Federal Jury Convicts Man in Conspiracy To Illegally Manufacture Firearms That Were Sent To Mexico

A federal jury convicted Gary Busby, 63, formerly of Flower Mound, Texas, on one count of conspiracy to manufacture firearms without a license and four counts of structuring transactions to evade reporting requirements.

Specifically, in December 2010, Busby met an indiv... More...
   $0 (03-18-2017 - TX)

Ex parte Elida Uribe

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Lewisville police arrested Uribe, a Mexican citizen, on March 31, 2009,
alleging that she had beat... More...
   $0 (03-16-2017 - TX)

Adrian Quigley v. The State of Texas

Gang member arrested in Lewisville killing

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In April 2015, Richard Myles resided in a small second-floor apartment in
the Hampton Bay apa... More...
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Robert Dewayne Laurent v. The State of Texas

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Officer B. Curtis testified at the pre-trial hearing on Laurent’s motion to
suppress. He stated that in January 2016, he was patrolling an area in north Houston
with his partner when he passed Laurent’s ca... More...   $0 (03-16-2017 - TX)

Rainier Monte Conley v. The State of Texas

Conley’s aggravated assault charge arose from one of several encounters
with Daryl Horton. The first incident occurred on December 14, 2014, when
Horton swerved his car into Conley’s lane and almost hit Conley’s Dodge Charger.
The second incident occurred the next evening, when Horton and his
passenger, Billy Perdue, were at a gas station. Perdue was sitting next to Horton ... More...
   $0 (03-16-2017 - TX)

Frank Hamilton Hardy v. The State of Texas

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In 2013, the State charged appellant with the offense of possession of a
controlled substance. Appellant pleaded guilty to ... More...
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Meredith King v. Gilbert Dewayne King

Appellant Meredith King filed a petition for post-divorce division of property, alleging that the parties’ divorce decree failed to award or divide appellee Gilbert Dwayne King’s total retirement benefit. The case proceeded to trial before the court. After hearing evidence, the trial court granted Dwayne’s1 motion for judgment. In a single issue, Meredith contends the trial court erred by denying ... More...   $0 (03-09-2017 - TX)

My Three Sons, LTD., My Three Sons Management, LLC, Prestonwood OB/GYN Associates, P.A., Christopher Riegel, M.D., P.A., and Christopher Riegel v. Midway/Parker Medical Center, L.P., Kinsman Ventures, LLC, Manhattan Construction Company, TD Industries, Inc., Southstar Fire Protection Company, CMA Management Company, and Midway Medical Center Owners Association, Inc.

Christopher Riegel and various entities affiliated with him––My Three Sons, Ltd., My
Three Sons Management, LLC, Prestonwood OB/GYN Associates, P.A., Christopher Riegel,
M.D., P.A.––appeal the trial court’s dismissal of their lawsuit against appellees for failing to
comply with an order compelling arbitration of the dispute. In five issues, appellants complain
the trial court erred... More...
   $0 (03-09-2017 - TX)

Jerry Cotten, et aux. v. Ron Briley, et al.

When Jerry and Rosemary Cotten’s newly-purchased retirement home began exhibiting substantial problems of which they were unaware when they purchased it, the Cottens filed suit against the persons who sold it to them (Ron and Jeri Briley), the sellers’ real estate agent (Judy Stroman), the broker under whom the agent worked (Century 21 Lake Country), and the home inspector who was retained to insp... More...   $0 (03-16-2017 - TX)

Sergey Efremov v. Geosteering, L.L.C.

Plaintiff/appellee GeoSteering LLC sued defendant/appellant Sergey Efremov seeking a temporary restraining order, a temporary injunction, a permanent injunction, and damages. The trial court entered a temporary injunction in GeoSteering’s favor, and Efremov brought this interlocutory appeal.
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BACKGROUND
The service of “geosteering” involves monitoring drilling operations using real-ti... More...
   $0 (03-15-2017 - TX)

Hassan Chahadeh, M.C. v. Jacinto Medical Group, P.A. and Paradise Marketing and Consulting, L.P.

Hassan Chahadeh, M.D., personally guaranteed loans made by Jacinto Medical Group, P.A. and Paradise Marketing and Consulting, L.P. to University General Health System Inc. and University General Hospital, L.P. (collectively “UGH”). Subsequently, UGH defaulted on the loans and filed for Chapter 11
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bankruptcy protection. Appellees sent notice and demand to Chahadeh requesting
payment u... More...
   $0 (03-14-2017 - TX)

Regenia Bechem v. Reliant Energy Retail Services, LLC and Commerica Bank

This is an appeal from the trial court’s dismissal of appellant Regenia Bechem’s bill of review for failure to diligently prosecute. Because we conclude that the trial court abused its discretion by dismissing Bechem’s case that had been pending less than three months, we reverse and remand for further proceedings.
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A. Prior Litigation and Appeal
In a prior suit, appellee Reliant Ener... More...
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Michael Barnett v. City of Southside Place

Appellant, Michael Barnett, appeals from the trial court’s order granting appellee, City of Southside Place’s plea to the jurisdiction in his suit brought under the Texas Whistleblower Act. See TEX. GOV’T CODE ANN. §§ 554.001–.010 (West
2
2012). In three issues, Barnett contends that the trial court erred in granting the
City’s plea because (1) the evidence raises a fact issue regardin... More...
   $0 (03-15-2017 - TX)

 
 
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