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United States of America v. Edwardo Rodriguez

El Paso, TX - Ten individuals have been sentenced to federal prison in connection with a “crystal” methamphetamine distribution scheme. United States District Judge Kathleen Cardone sentenced 44–year-old Edwardo Rodriguez of El Paso to 250 months in federal prison followed by five years of supervised release. Before sentencing Rodriguez, Judge Cardone sentenced nine of his co-defendants to... More...   $0 (05-23-2015 - TX)

United States of America v. Victor Jerome Reza

El Paso, TX - Victor Jerome Reza, age 54, was sentenced to ten years in federal prison for receipt and distribution of child pornography. In addition to the prison term, U.S. District Judge Philip R. Martinez ordered that Reza pay a $1,000 fine, be placed on supervised release for a period of ten years after completing his prison term and register as a sex offender. Judge Martinez also ordered t... More...   $0 (05-23-2015 - TX)

United States of America v. Michael Demon Jackson

DALLAS, TX — A Dallas man, who, along with his co-conspirator admitted committing the armed robberies of several jewelry stores in the Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) area, was sentenced to a lengthy federal prison sentence. Michael Demon Jackson, 37, of Dallas, was sentenced to serve a total of 594 months in federal prison by U.S. District Judge Sidney A. Fitzwater. He pleaded guilty in November 2014 t... More...   $0 (05-15-2015 - TX)

United States of America v. Lee Santrell Boston

LUBBOCK, TX — A Dallas man, man who, along with his three co-defendants, pleaded guilty to their roles in a hydrocodone and alprazolam distribution conspiracy.

Lee Santrell Boston, 35, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Sam R. Cummings to six months in federal prison. Boston, who has been in custody since his arrest, along with co-defendants John Conte Smith, a/k/a “Leo,” 35, of B... More...
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State of Texas v. Delvecchio Patrick

Dallas, TX - The State of Texas charged Delvecchio Patrick with first-degree murder in conjunction with the death of his ex-wife, Deanna Cook, age 32, who was choked and drowned in August of 2012 while she was on the phone with 911.

Police responded to her 911 call but left when no one answered the door. Her body was found in her bath tub two days later.

The defense attempted ... More...
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Quantlab Financial, L.L.C. v. Andriy Kuharsky and Emmanuel Mamalakis

Houston, TX - Quantlab Financial, L.L.C. sued Kuharsky and Emmanuel Mamalakis on conversion of trade secrets theories claiming that they stole code for high speed stock trading from it.

Six other defendants settled including SXP Analytics, L.L.C. settled for $28.5 million before trial.

Andriy Kuharsky helped design the software that Quantlab used to make millions in high speed s... More...
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In the Interest of E. K., B. G., and L. G., children

This is an appeal of the termination of parental rights to E.K., B.G., and L.G., minor children.1 Appellants are R.R. (“mother”), the mother of E.K., B.G., and L.G., and J.G. (“father”), the father of B.G. and L.G.2 Appellants both argue: (1) the evidence is
1 In appeals involving the termination of parental rights, the Texas Rules of Appellate Procedure require the use of an alias to ... More...
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Lupe Rivera v. Leticia "Letty" Lopez

This case is an election contest concerning the District 5 seat on the City Commission of Weslaco. Appellant/cross-appellee Guadalupe Rivera Sr., and appellee/cross-appellant Leticia Lopez appeal the trial court’s order voiding the election and ordering a new election. Rivera brings ten issues and Lopez brings four cross-issues. We affirm.
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I. BACKGROUND
The City of Weslaco, Hidalgo... More...
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Valley Regional Medical Center v. Maria Guadalupe Camacho

In this appeal, we are once again faced with the “knotty” issue of whether a
plaintiff’s claim is a health care liability claim (“HCLC”) under the Texas Medical Liability
Act (“TMLA”) and therefore subject to that statute’s expert report requirement. See TEX.
CIV. PRAC. & REM. CODE ANN. § 74.351 (West, Westlaw through 2013 3d C.S.); Loaisiga
v. Cerda, 379 S.W.3d 24... More...
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Maria Perez-Montes v. Live Oak Construction, Inc.

This appeal arises from the granting of both no-evidence and traditional motions for summary judgment in favor of appellee Live Oak Construction, Inc. (Live Oak) and against appellant Maria Perez-Montes, in a suit alleging claims for breach of contract and breach of warranty. Perez-Montes has brought a single issue on appeal, challenging the
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granting of Live Oak’s traditional motion fo... More...
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In the interest of K.D., children

This is an appeal from an order in which the trial court terminated the parental
rights of the father of K.D. K.D.’s father timely filed an appeal. In two issues on
appeal, he challenges the trial court’s denial of an application for a bench warrant
and the trial court’s denial of a motion to dismiss the attorney ad litem’s crosspetitions.
We affirm.
I. Background Facts... More...
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In the interest of E.S.H., a child

This appeal stems from an order entered in a suit affecting the parent-child
relationship with respect to the child, E.S.H. The suit was filed by the Department
of Family and Protective Services. The trial court held a bench trial and entered an
order in which it appointed the child’s maternal grandfather as the sole managing
conservator, removed the Department as a conservator, ... More...
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In the Interest of G.R. and T.R.

Appellant (the Father) appeals the trial court’s order terminating his parental rights to G.R. and T.R.1 The Father raises four issues on appeal. In his first three issues, he challenges the legal and factual sufficiency of the evidence to support the trial court’s finding that he violated subsections (D), (E), and (O) of section 161.001(1) of the Family Code. In his fourth issue, he challenge... More...   $0 (05-14-2015 - TX)

In Re Commitment of John Lucero

John Lucero challenges his commitment as a sexually violent predator. See Tex. Health & Safety Code Ann. §§ 841.001-.151 (West 2010 & Supp. 2014) (the SVP statute). In two issues presented for his appeal, Lucero challenges the legal and factual sufficiency of the evidence supporting the jury’s verdict. We hold the evidence is legally and factually sufficient, and we affirm the trial court’s ... More...   $0 (05-14-2015 - TX)

In the Estate of Adrian Neuman

In this appeal from a proceeding in a probate matter, the appellant complains that the trial court improperly denied his motion to transfer venue, and he argues that the charge failed to properly submit the question of whether the decedent had testamentary capacity when executing his will. We hold that the trial court properly overruled the appellant’s motion to transfer venue and properly denie... More...   $0 (05-14-2015 - TX)

Mailing Henderson v. David Lewis

Appellant Mailing Henderson appeals from a dismissal of her lawsuit against appellee David Lewis. She had sued him for breach of fiduciary duty, shareholder oppression, and conversion with respect to her investment in multiple limited partnerships. When her attorneys failed to appear for trial, the trial court dismissed the lawsuit and later denied a motion to reinstate. Henderson has appealed fro... More...   $0 (05-15-2015 - TX)

In the Interest of D.N., Jr., a Child

Appellant, K.G.,1 challenges the trial court’s order terminating her parental rights to her son, D.N., Jr.2 By a sole issue, she maintains the evidence is insufficient to support termination on the ground that she would be incarcerated for not less than two years from the date the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services filed its Original Petition for Protection of a Child, for Conser... More...   $0 (05-13-2015 - TX)

In the Interest of A.B.O. and E.B.O., Children

In this dispute involving the conservatorship of two children, the trial court appointed their father, David Brian O’Dell (David), and maternal grandmother, Melanie McMurtry, as joint managing conservators. The trial court further designated McMurtry as the person with the right to designate the children’s place of residence. David appeals, contending that the trial court erred in (1) finding ... More...   $0 (05-12-2015 - TX)

In the Interest of N.R.V., A.M.A.F. and I.I.F., Children

Heather appeals the trial court’s termination of her parental rights regarding N.R.V., A.M.A.F. and I.I.F.1 She argues the evidence is legally and factually insufficient to support the trial court’s finding that termination of her rights was in the children’s best interest. We affirm.
BACKGROUND
In April 2013, the Department of Family and Protective Services removed Heather’s child... More...
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Rowland Martin, Jr. v. Edward L. Bravenec and 1216 West Ave., Inc.

This is an accelerated appeal of two orders. The first order grants a temporary injunction, and the second order denies a motion to dismiss filed pursuant to the Texas Citizens Participation Act.1 We affirm both orders.
BACKGROUND
Appellee Edward L. Bravenec was a co-owner of a second lien on property located at 1216 West Avenue, San Antonio, Texas (the “Property”). In 2006, the owner ... More...
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Whitney Brewster, In her capacity as executive director of The Texas Department of Motor Vehicles v. Drew Roicki and Richard Roicki As Successors in Interest to Pinnacle Motors

Appellant Whitney Brewster, Executive Director of the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles, asserted immunity from suit in the underlying cause regarding TxDMV’s decisions affecting four vehicle titles. The trial court denied her plea to the jurisdiction, and she appeals. Because Appellees raised a fact issue on whether Brewster acted without legal authority, which could invoke the ultra vires imm... More...   $0 (05-13-2015 - TX)

In the Interest of J.T., J.T., and J.T., The Children

After a jury trial, the jury and the trial court both found by clear and convincing evidence that termination of the parent-child relationships between the parents J.C.T. (Father) and C.N.T. (Mother) and children J.T., J.T.2, and J.T.3 was in the children’s best interest.2 Further, based on the parties’
1See Tex. R. App. P. 47.4.
2See Tex. Fam. Code Ann. § 161.001(2) (West 2014).
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Nathan Hilton, M.D v. Nevillyn Wettermark

In this medical negligence case, appellee Nevillyn Wettermark was
diagnosed with a cancerous growth on the heel of her foot. Appellant Nathan
Hilton, M.D., administered two rounds of radiation therapy. Wettermark obtained
subsequent treatment elsewhere for resection of her heel and, ultimately,
amputation of her leg. Wettermark sued Hilton and others for medical negligence.1
1 ... More...
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Linda Jackson and Terry Jackson v. City of Baytown

This is a personal-injury case arising from a police pursuit. Appellants Linda
and Terry Jackson were injured when a suspect fleeing from a police car driven by
Baytown Police Officer Aaron Corrales crashed his pickup truck into their car. The
Jacksons sued Aaron Corrales, in his official capacity as an officer with the
Baytown Police Department, and the City of Baytown for neglige... More...
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Leroy Stroman v. Roxann Martinez

In this appeal from a forcible detainer action, appellant Leroy Stroman appeals the justice court’s award of possession of a property adjoining Stroman’s residence to appellee Roxann Martinez. Stroman contends that the justice court lacked jurisdiction to hear the case and that Martinez could not maintain a forcible detainer action against him. We affirm.
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FACTUAL BACKGROUND
This ... More...
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Alberto R. Garza and Leticia I. Garza, Individually and as Next Friends of Alexandra I. Garza and Kassandra R. Garza v. Melden & Hunt, Inc.

Appellants, Alberto R. Garza and Leticia I. Garza, individually and as next friends
of Alexandra I. Garza and Kassandra R. Garza (“the Garzas”), challenge the trial court’s
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summary judgment in favor of appellee, Melden & Hunt, Inc. (“Melden”), a surveying and
engineering firm. We affirm.
I. BACKGROUND
The underlying dispute arose as a result of flooding at the G... More...
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United States of America v. Lee Santrell Boston

LUBBOCK, TX — A Dallas man, man who, along with his three co-defendants, pleaded guilty to their roles in a hydrocodone and alprazolam distribution conspiracy, was sentenced in Lubbock.

Lee Santrell Boston, 35, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Sam R. Cummings to six months in federal prison. Boston, who has been in custody since his arrest, along with co-defendants John Conte Smith,... More...
   $0 (05-15-2015 - TX)

JESSICA PULLIN CANCINO v. JUAN MANUEL CANCINO

By two issues, appellant, Jessica Cancino appeals the trial court’s determination of custody of her two minor children. Appellant argues: (1) the trial court’s delayed findings of fact and conclusions of law did not allow her to effectively present her appeal or ask for amended and additional findings of fact and conclusions of law; and (2) the trial
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court’s award of custody to her... More...
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HERIBERTO DE LA GARZA D/B/A LUDY'S ROPA USADA v. DALIA RAMIREZ D/B/A LOS BALDOS ROPA USADA, ET AL.

Appellant, Heriberto de la Garza d/b/a Ludy’s Ropa Usada, asks us in pertinent part to reverse the trial court's order dismissing his case for want of prosecution and denying his motion to reinstate. We affirm.
I. BACKGROUND
Appellant appeals the dismissal of his claims for want of prosecution against appellees Dalia Ramirez d/b/a Los Baldos Ropa Usada, Lalo Ramirez d/b/a Los Baldos Ropa... More...
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In the interest of S.P. and H.P., children

The trial court entered an order in which it terminated the parental rights of
the mother and father of S.P. and H.P. The mother appeals and, in a single issue on
appeal, challenges the legal and factual sufficiency of the evidence to support the
finding that termination of her parental rights is in the best interest of the children.
We affirm.
I. Termination
Termination of... More...
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In the interest of B.J.L., a child

This is an appeal from an order terminating the parental rights of the mother
and father of B.J.L. The mother timely filed an appeal. In one issue on appeal, she
challenges the legal and factual sufficiency of the evidence to support termination.
We affirm.
Termination Findings and Standards
The termination of parental rights must be supported by clear and convincing
eviden... More...
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Endura Products Corp and Novastar LP v. David A. Altemus

This is an appeal from a summary judgment order entered in favor of
Appellee, David A. Altemus. We affirm.
In 2003, Endura Products Corp and Novastar LP entered into an agreement
with World Wide Web Productions (WWWP). Under the terms of the agreement,
WWWP agreed to create a computer software system for each of Appellants’
businesses. Wesley Groves, WWWP’s Senior Program A... More...
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In the Interest of D.T., a Child

Raising one issue, Appellant M.T. (alias Max), the father of D.T., appeals the trial court’s termination of his parental rights after a bench trial.1 We will affirm.
In a proceeding to terminate the parent-child relationship brought under section 161.001, the Department must establish by clear and convincing evidence two elements: (1) one or more acts or omissions enumerated under subsection... More...
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Pam Sahualla and Tracy Sahualla v. Guseman Construction, LLC

Appellee Guseman Construction, LLC (“Guseman”) sued pro se appellants Pam Sahualla and Tracy Sahualla1 for breach of contract pertaining to an agreement to pour a concrete driveway. The jury found that Guseman failed to comply with the agreement but awarded the Sahuallas no monetary damages, and the trial court signed a judgment in accordance with the jury’s verdict. In two
1The Sahualla... More...
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In Re Commitment of Lester Bertram Williams

Lester Bertram Williams (Williams) appeals from a jury verdict that resulted in his civil commitment as a sexually violent predator. See Tex. Health & Safety Code Ann. §§ 841.001-.151 (West 2010 & Supp. 2014) (SVP statute). In three appellate issues, Williams complains about certain comments the trial court judge made during voir dire and in the presence of the jury, and he argues that this Cour... More...   $0 (05-07-2015 - TX)

In Re Commitment of Raymond Michael Shoemaker

Raymond Michael Shoemaker appeals from a jury verdict that resulted in his civil commitment as a sexually violent predator. See Tex. Health & Safety Code Ann. §§ 841.001-.151 (West 2010 & Supp. 2014). In one issue, Shoemaker contends the trial court abused its discretion by denying his request to videotape his post-petition psychiatric examination, an examination conducted at the State’s reque... More...   $0 (05-07-2015 - TX)

In Re Commitment of Jason Dockery

Jason Dockery appeals from a jury verdict that resulted in his civil commitment as a sexually violent predator. See Tex. Health & Safety Code Ann. §§ 841.001-.151 (West 2010 & Supp. 2014). In three issues, Dockery challenges the facial constitutionality of Chapter 841 of the Texas Health & Safety Code, the trial court’s decision to admit evidence of a criminal offense that did not result in hi... More...   $0 (05-07-2015 - TX)

Vette Holdings, L.L.C. and Timber Crossing, L.P. v. Texas Workforce Commission and Angel Mendez

After the Texas Workforce Commission (the “Commission”) determined that Angel Mendez was entitled to unemployment benefits, appellants Vette Holdings, L.L.C. and Timber Crossing, L.P. appealed the decision to the County Court at Law No. 2. The Commission filed a plea to the jurisdiction, which the trial court granted. In a single issue, appellants challenge the trial court’s decision to gran... More...   $0 (05-07-2015 - TX)

Jamila Nisby v. Dentsply International, Inc.

Jamila Nisby filed a bill of review in the trial court seeking to set aside a default judgment Dentsply International Inc. obtained against her. After a jury trial, the trial court rendered a final judgment on the jury’s verdict denying Nisby’s bill of review. The trial court also awarded Dentsply $50,000 in attorney’s fees plus conditional appellate attorney’s fees. In three issues, Nisby... More...   $0 (05-11-2015 - TX)

Scottie Parks v. Investment Retrievers

Appellant Scottie Parks appeals a judgment in favor of appellee Investment Retrievers, Inc. on in its suit alleging claims for breach of contract, account stated, and open account. In a single issue, Parks asserts the trial court erred in granting judgment in favor of Investment Retrievers because there was no admissible evidence before the trial court supporting its claim. For the following reaso... More...   $0 (05-11-2015 - TX)

 
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