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United States of America v. Yozeth Muniz aka Eric Garcia and Paul Muniz

LAREDO, TX – Yozeth Muniz aka Eric Garcia and Paul Muniz were sent to prison for three years for resisting arrest and obstructing federal officers, announced U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson. Muniz, 27, of Laredo, pleaded guilty May 14, 2013. The case against Muniz began on Jan. 14, 2013, when several deputy U.S. marshals working with the Gulf Coast Violent Offenders Fugitives Task Force in Lared... More...   $0 (12-16-2014 - TX)

United States of America v. Hortencia Medeles-Arguello

HOUSTON, TX – Four more people have entered guilty pleas to conspiracy to harbor illegal aliens relating to their roles in a sex trafficking, harboring and money laundering organization, announced U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson. Lilia Medeles Cerda aka Lilly, 64, of Houston, Diana Medeles Garcia aka Diana Garcia Marquez, 49, of Houston, and Graciela Medeles Ochoa, 36, of Houston, were among a gr... More...   $0 (12-12-2014 - TX)

United States of America v. Elva Navarro

McALLEN, TX - Elva Navarro, 38, of Hidalgo, has received her federal sentence violating the U.S. Food, Drug and Cosmetics Act by using an adulterated device, announced U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson. Navarro entered a plea of guilty just moments before her trial was set to begin on June 9, 2014. Today, U.S. District Judge Micaela Alvarez, who accepted the guilty plea, handed Navarro a sentence of ... More...   $0 (12-12-2014 - TX)

United States of America v. Eduardo Cantillo

LUBBOCK, Texas — A 43-year-old Lubbock, Texas, resident appeared in federal court yesterday and pleaded guilty to one count of possession of prepubescent child pornography, announced U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas.

Eduardo Cantillo, who is in custody, faces a maximum statutory penalty of 20 years in federal prison, a $250,000 fine and a lifetime of sup... More...
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United States of America v. Benito Agramon Castro

DALLAS, TX — An Irving, Texas, man was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Sam A. Lindsay to 132 months in federal prison on a child pornography conviction, announced U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas

Benito Agramon Castro, 50, pleaded guilty in February 2014 to one count of possession of prepubescent child pornography. He has been in custody since his arres... More...
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United States of America v. Matthew Ross Cummings

WICHITA FALLS, Texas — A man who admitted transporting a woman from Wyoming and Colorado to Texas to engage in prostitution was sentenced this morning in federal court in Wichita Falls, announced U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas.

Matthew Ross Cummings, 24, most recently of Aurora, Colorado, was sentenced to 41 months in federal prison by U.S. District Ju... More...
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United States of America v. Adonys Hurtado-Gutierrez

BROWNSVILLE, Texas – Adonys Hurtado-Gutierrez, 38, has entered a guilty plea on the day prior to commencement of trial, announced U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson. One hour prior to the plea, Yisnel Garcia-Gonzalez, 31, one of nine others previously convicted in the case, was sentenced to 70 months in federal prison and ordered to pay a $5,000 fine. Hurtado-Gutierrez, from Delano, Fla., is the la... More...   $0 (12-10-2014 - TX)

United States of America v. Aijaz Aslam

San Antonio, TX - The former owner of J.M. Food Mart in Seguin, Texas, admitted to collecting approximately $275,000 from a scheme to trade Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits for ineligible items announced United States Attorney Robert Pitman.

Appearing before United States Magistrate Judge John Primomo this morning, 55-year-old Aijaz Aslam pleaded guilty to one co... More...
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In the Interest of S.D., a child

After the same-sex relationship between Appellant S.L.D. and Appellee S.M.D. ended, S.L.D. filed suit seeking joint managing conservatorship of S.D., a child born to S.M.D. through artificial insemination during the relationship. S.L.D. based her claim to standing on family code section 102.003(a)(9), which provides that “a person, other than a foster parent, who has had actual care, control, an... More...   $0 (12-11-2014 - TX)

William D. Layton v. City of Fort Worth, City of Fort Worth Employees' Retirement Fund, and Board of City of Fort Worth Employees' Retirement Fund

Appellant XTRA Lease LLC appeals the trial court’s order vacating a foreign judgment that it had domesticated in Texas pursuant to the Uniform Enforcement of Foreign Judgments Act (UEFJA). See Tex. Civ. Prac. & Rem. Code Ann. §§ 35.001‒.008 (West 2008 & Supp. 2014). We will affirm.
1See Tex. R. App. P. 47.4.
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In July 2012, XTRA entered into an Equipment Lease Agreement (ESL) wit... More...
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Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. a/k/a Wal-Mart Super Center #3286 v. Kimberly G. Sparkman

In this slip-and-fall case, appellant Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. a/k/a Wal-Mart Super Center #3286 appeals the trial court’s final judgment in favor of appellee Kimberly G. Sparkman. We affirm.
1See Tex. R. App. P. 47.4.
2
Background
On a rainy day in February 2010, Sparkman slipped and fell as she entered the Hickory Creek Wal-Mart in Denton County, Texas. Wal-Mart had implemented it... More...
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Miguel Reyes v. Norma Reyes

This is an appeal from a final decree of divorce following a bench trial. Miguel challenges the sufficiency of the evidence to support (1) the appointment of Norma as the joint managing conservator with the right to determine the primary residence of the child; (2) the monthly child support awarded; (3) the division of the marital estate; and (4) “reimbursement” to Norma.
FACTUAL SUMMARYMore...
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In the Interest of K.P.M., K.S.M., and K.W.M., Children

In these consolidated appeals, the mother, T.L.T., appeals the trial court’s final orders terminating her parental rights to her four minor children, K.P.M., K.S.M., and K.W.M. in appellate cause number 01-14-00489-CV, and K.P.M. in
appellate cause number 01-14-00490-CV.2 Appellant’s appointed counsel has filed
a motion to withdraw, along with an Anders brief, asserting that both appea... More...
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Bennie Deweese v. Ocwen Loan Servicing L.L.C. and Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. (MERS) as Nominee for Federal Home Loan Mortgage

Bennie Deweese appeals the trial court’s rendition of summary judgment in favor of Ocwen Loan Servicing L.L.C. and Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. as nominee for Federal Home Loan Mortgage (MERS). After
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Ocwen foreclosed on Deweese’s home, Deweese sued to quiet title, for tortious interference with contract, statutory fraud, and for a declaratory judgment that the forec... More...
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United States of America v. Jada Necole Antoine

DALLAS, TX — A Dallas woman who stole the identity of a registered nurse and used that identity to work at several Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) area hospice companies, appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge David L. Horan, and pleaded guilty to a federal offense stemming from that conduct.

Jada Necole Antoine, 33, pleaded guilty to one count of fraud in connection with means of identification... More...
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In the interest of A.J.R., E.J.R.H. and K.M.J.H., children

This is an appeal from an order of termination of the parental rights of the mother of A.J.R., E.J.R.H., and K.M.J.H. and the father of two of those children: E.J.R.H. and K.M.J.H.1 Both parents appeal and have filed a joint brief challenging the sufficiency of the evidence. We affirm.
1We note that the parental rights of A.J.R.’s father were not terminated and that A.J.R.’s father was awa... More...
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In the Interest of J. L. H., a child

K.H. appeals the termination of her parental rights to J.L.H. and raises three issues on appeal. We affirm.
BACKGROUND
J.L.H., born August 14, 2013, is K.H.’s third child. K.H. became pregnant with J.L.H. while the Department of Family and Protective Services (the Department) had an open case involving K.H.’s older children, M.H. and N.H. At the time of J.L.H.’s birth, K.H. was not c... More...
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The State of Texas for the Best Interest and Protection of K. G.

K.G. appeals from an order authorizing the Texas Department of State Health Services (the Department) to administer psychoactive medication-forensic. In one issue, K.G. asserts the evidence is legally and factually insufficient to support the trial court’s order. We reverse and render.
BACKGROUND
On August 20, 2014, Dr. Robert Lee signed an application for an order to administer psychoac... More...
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The State of Texas for the Best Interest and Protection of S. E.

S.E. appeals from an order for temporary inpatient mental health services, and an order authorizing the Texas Department of State Health Services (the Department) to administer psychoactive medication. In two issues, S.E. asserts the evidence is legally and factually insufficient to support the trial court’s orders. We reverse and render.
BACKGROUND
An application for court ordered tempo... More...
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In the Interest of E. R., a child

R.S. appeals the termination of her parental rights. In six issues, she challenges the order of termination. We affirm.
BACKGROUND
R.S. is the mother of E.R., born November 23, 2006. R.R. is the father of E.R. and is not a party to this appeal. On May 1, 2013, the Department of Family and Protective Services (the Department) filed an original petition for protection of the child, for conse... More...
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Aaron Jordan, Michael Jordan, Heather Jordan, Gilbert Jordan, Phyllis Ann Woods and Donna Joyce Curtis v. Cynthia Kay Lyles

Aaron Jordan, Michael Jordan, Heather Jordan, Gilbert Jordan, Phyllis Ann Woods, and Donna Joyce Curtis appeal the trial court‟s judgment notwithstanding the verdict entered in favor of Cynthia Kay Lyles. In two issues, Appellants argue that the trial court erroneously rendered judgment notwithstanding the jury‟s verdict and, alternatively, the evidence supports the jury‟s verdict for interf... More...   $0 (12-10-2014 - TX)

In The Estate of James M. Luthen, Deceased

This appeal concerns James M. Luthen's will and trust. The trial court granted
traditional summary judgment in favor of appellee Donald Ley,1 the named executor in
Luthen's will, and against appellants Patrick James Luthen, individually and as next
I Donald Ley is married to Luthen's daughter Sandra Ley.
friend of Andrew Luthen, and Rachel Luthen (collectively "contestants").2 Cont... More...
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Linus F. Dias v. Ritika Dias

Appellant Linus Dias appeals the trial court’s order granting appellee Ritika Dias’s
bill of review and setting aside a previously entered divorce decree. By twelve issues,
which we address as seven, Linus contends that (1) Ritika was not entitled to a bill of
review because she failed to exercise due diligence in pursuing all legal remedies; (2)
there was insufficient evidence... More...
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Sonny V. Thottumkal v. Gurnaib Sidhu

Appellant Sonny V. Thottumkal challenges the trial court’s summary judgment granting appellee Gurnaib Sidhu a bill of review setting aside a default judgment. In a single issue, Thottumkal asserts that fact issues preclude summary judgment. We affirm.
BACKGROUND
In June 2010, Sidhu, who resided at 10403 Staghill Drive in Houston, contracted with Thottumkal to complete construction of a n... More...
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Jonathan Wasserberg v. Res-Tx One, LLC

In this appeal, appellant Jonathan Wasserberg challenges the trial court’s finding that a partial summary judgment awarding damages against him for breach of a guaranty agreement was made final by nonsuit of all other parties. Wasserberg also challenges the trial court’s nunc pro tunc modification of its summary judgment order to state expressly that it is final, as well as the merits of the s... More...   $0 (12-09-2014 - TX)

Allstate Insurance Company v. Rehab Alliance of Texas, Inc. d/b/a Steeplechase Family Healthcare and Pain Management & Surgical Associates, et al.

Appellants, Allstate Insurance Company, Allstate Indemnity Company,
Allstate Property & Casualty Insurance Company, Allstate County Mutual Insurance Company, and Allstate Fire & Casualty Insurance Company (“Allstate”) appeal an order granting summary judgment in favor of Rehab Alliance of Texas, Inc. d/b/a Steeplechase Family Healthcare and Steeplechase Pain Management & Surgical Associate... More...
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United States of America v. David Kevin Lewis

David Kevin Lewis challenges his convictions for one count of conspiracy to commit securities fraud and twenty-three counts of securities fraud. For the following reasons, we AFFIRM the convictions.
I. BACKGROUND
David Kevin Lewis was indicted alongside co-defendant Bruce Kyle Griffith on one count of conspiracy in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 371 and twenty-three counts of securities fraud a... More...
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Laura S. Wassmer and Stephen B. Hopper v. Jo N. Hopper

Stephen Hopper, Laura Wassmer and their stepmother Jo Hopper bring cross appeals from a summary judgment in a probate proceeding. The decedent, Max Hopper, married Jo Hopper in 1981. During the marriage, they purchased a home on Robledo Drive which they occupied until Max’s death on January 25, 2010. Max died intestate. The couple had no children. Max’s two children by a prior marriage, Stephe... More...   $0 (12-03-2014 - TX)

In the Interest of J.W.V. and L.M.V., Children

Appellant the mother appeals the trial court’s final order terminating her parental rights to her two children, J.W.V. and L.M.V., and appointing intervenors D.C.C. and M.L.C., permanent managing conservators of the children.1 The mother’s court-appointed appellate counsel filed a motion to withdraw as counsel supported by a brief. In her brief, counsel states she conducted a professional eval... More...   $0 (12-05-2014 - TX)

In the Matter of the Marriage of Krystal Redding Bills and Bradley Gill Bills

The trial court denied Krystal Redding Bills’ request for a money judgment against her former spouse, Bradley Gill Bills. Krystal appeals, arguing that the trial court erred in denying her claim. We find no error and affirm the judgment.
I. Background
Krystal and Bradley were divorced in Lamar County in July 2012. The parties entered into a property division agreement that was incorporat... More...
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Texas Farm Bureau Underwriters v. Terry Graham, Jr.

Terry Graham, Jr., shot and killed would-be burglar, Hiram Joshua Chambers, at Graham’s ranch house in Smith County, Texas.1 In successfully defending the resulting wrongful death lawsuit by Chambers’ family members,2 Graham incurred $130,841.43 in defense costs, which Graham seeks to recover from Texas Farm Bureau Underwriters (Underwriters), the issuer of Graham’s Texas Farm and Ranch Owne... More...   $0 (12-05-2014 - TX)

United States of America v. Scott Brandon Hutcheson

LUBBOCK, TX — Scott Brandon Hutcheson, 37, of Lubbock, Texas, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Sam R. Cummings to 87 months in federal prison following his guilty plea in August 2014 to one count of transportation of child pornography, announced U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas.

Judge Cummings remanded Hutcheson into custody at the conclusion of the ... More...
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Aurora Rodriguez v. Ventura Hernandez

Aurora A. Rodriguez, Israel Rodriguez, Edelmiro Romeo Alvarez, Silverio Simon Alvarez, Anita Irma Guerra, Emilio Roman Alvarez, Adrian Alvarez, Teodoro Alvarez, Jr., and Primitivo Alvarez (the “Alvarezes”) appeal the trial court’s judgment declaring the boundaries of a tract of real property owned by Ventura Hernandez. The western boundary of Hernandez’s property abuts property owned by th... More...   $0 (11-26-2014 - TX)

Kathryne Vause v. Liberty Insurance Corporation

This is an appeal from a summary judgment rendered in favor of appellees, Liberty Insurance Corp. and Justin A. Smith. In the underlying lawsuit, appellant, Kathryn Vause, sued appellees for violations of the Texas Insurance Code, violations of the Texas Labor Code, and for violations of the Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code (“the DTPA”) arising from appellees’ denial of appellant’s c... More...   $0 (11-26-2014 - TX)

Lynn Foreman v. Dale Johnson

The sole issue in this appeal is whether the trial court erred in awarding attorney’s fees to appellee following our remand of the case to the trial court. We conclude that it did; therefore, we reverse and remand.
BACKGROUND
Our prior opinion contains a detailed recitation of the facts of this case, so we include here only those facts necessary to resolve appellant’s single issue on a... More...
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Robert Ray Perez and Rhonda Lee Arevalo v. Arturo Zepeda Arredondo, CUSA KBC, LLC d/b/a Kerrville Bus Company

On June 24, 2010, Arturo Arredondo was driving a charter bus for Kerrville Bus Company (“KBC”) on Highway 281 when he failed to stop the bus in time to prevent it from hitting the back of a pick-up truck driven by Robert Perez. Twenty-one-year-old Perez and his mother, Rhonda Arevalo, suffered personal injuries as a result of the accident. They sued Arredondo for negligence. They also sued his... More...   $0 (12-03-2014 - TX)

WaiWai, LLC and 1717 Investments, LLC V. Jose Alvarado and Isabel M. Alvarado

WaiWai, LLC and 1717 Investments, LLC (collectively WaiWai) appeal the trial
court’s judgment granting declaratory judgment in favor of Jose and Isabel M. Alvarado and
awarding the Alvarados attorney’s fees and court costs. We will reverse the trial court’s grant of
summary judgment in favor of the Alvarados, render judgment in favor of WaiWai in part, and
remand in part.
... More...
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The State of Texas v. N.R.J.

Appellant the State of Texas perfected this appeal after the trial court granted Appellee N.R.J.’s petition for an expunction. See Tex. Code. Crim. Proc. Ann. art. 55.02, § 3(a) (West Supp. 2014). We will address two issues in this appeal. First, we will determine whether this court’s opinion in S.J. v. State—holding that, to be entitled to an expunction, all charges arising from an arrest<... More...   $0 (11-26-2014 - TX)

Kathleen J. Dickerson v. Larry E. Dickerson

This is an appeal from a divorce that was initiated in 2010. In two issues, Appellant Kathleen J. Dickerson (Wife) complains that the trial court erred by denying her a jury trial, amending the divorce decree outside its plenary power, and failing to follow the mediated settlement agreement (MSA) that she entered into with Appellee Larry E. Dickerson (Husband). Husband did not file a brief.
1S... More...
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The State of Texas v. Valerie Saxion, Inc.

In two issues in this accelerated interlocutory appeal, Appellants the State of Texas and Greg Abbott, in his official capacity as Attorney General of the State of Texas (collectively, the State) argue that the trial court erred by denying their
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plea to the jurisdiction on the Free Exercise and federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) claims of Appellees Valerie Saxion, Inc. and ... More...
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