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In the matter of the Marriage of Billy Coppedge and Linda Coppedge

Billy Coppedge appeals the trial court’s final decree of divorce in which the trial court dissolved his marriage to Linda Coppedge and divided the couple’s assets based on a mediated settlement agreement signed by both parties. We affirm.
I. Background Facts
Billy Coppedge (Appellant) and Linda Coppedge (Appellee) married on December 16, 1976. On January 20, 2012, Appellant filed a pet... More...
   $0 (09-18-2014 - TX)

Trent Walton v. Midland Mira Vista Homeowners' Association a/k/a Mira Vista Homeowners' Association

Trent Walton appeals the trial court’s order denying his plea to the jurisdiction, the trial court’s order denying in part his motion for partial summary judgment, and the trial court’s order granting in part the motion for summary judgment of Midland Mira Vista Homeowners’ Association a/k/a Mira Vista Homeowners’ Association. We affirm.
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I. Background Facts
This appeal invo... More...
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Gerald K. Johnson v. Frederick M. Evans and Christine G. Evans

Gerald K. Johnson, appearing pro se, appeals the trial court’s judgment denying his request for partition of a 45.59 acre tract and a permanent injunction against Frederick M. Evans and Christine G. Evans. In ten issues, Johnson contends the trial court erred in its judgment. We affirm.
BACKGROUND
Several years before Johnson filed the underlying suit, the Evanses filed an action seeking... More...
   $0 (09-18-2014 - TX)

United States of America v. Rigoberto Alvarado

El Paso, TX - Barrio Azteca (BA) members and associates, including 41-year-old heroin supplier Rigoberto Alvarado of El Paso, are in custody charged with conspiracy to violate the Racketeering Influenced Corrupt Organization (RICO) statute announced United States Attorney Robert Pitman and Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent in Charge Douglas E. Lundquist, El Paso Division.

Toda... More...
   $0 (09-17-2014 - TX)

United States of America v. Troy E. Powell

ABILENE, TX — Troy E. Powell, 46, most recently of Tuscola, Texas, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Jorge A. Solis to 48 months in federal prison for failing to register as a sex offender, announced U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas.

Following a bench trial before Judge Solis in April 2014, Powell was convicted on an indictment charging one count of f... More...
   $0 (09-12-2014 - TX)

United States of America v. Dereck Johnson

DALLAS, TX — A Dallas man who met a 15-year-old female run-away at a bus station, took her, and made her engage in sex acts for money, was sentenced this morning by U.S. District Judge David C. Godbey to 15 years in federal prison and a lifetime of supervised release. U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas made the announcement today.

In June 2014, Dereck John... More...
   $0 (09-15-2014 - TX)

United States of America v. Frederick Hernandez

ABILENE, Texas — Former Correctional Officers at Big Spring Correctional Center (BSCC), in Big Spring, Texas, who pleaded guilty to federal charges stemming from a Department of Justice (DOJ) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) investigation that was initiated when an inmate committed suicide in the facility two years ago while they were on duty, were sentenced today, announced U.S. Attorney S... More...   $0 (09-19-2014 - TX)

United States of America v. James Allen Baimbridge

LUBBOCK, Texas — A convicted felon who led police on a high-speed chase through San Angelo, Texas, earlier this year, was sentenced this morning, announced U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas.

James Allen Baimbridge, 31, of San Angelo, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Sam R. Cummings to 63 months in federal prison. Baimbridge pleaded guilty in June 2014... More...
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Larry Davis Individually and as Represnetative of the Estate of Matthew Dewayne Smith, Deceased v. Rodger Clifton Bills, Jr. and Big D Construction Co., Ltd.

Appellant, Larry Davis, individually and as the representative of the estate of Matthew Dewayne Smith, appeals the trial court’s order dismissing his lawsuit against Appellees, Rodger Clifton Bills Jr., and Big D Construction Co., Ltd. for lack of jurisdiction. For the reasons set forth below, we affirm.
BACKGROUND
On or about February 27, 2012, Matthew Dewayne Smith was killed when he s... More...
   $0 (09-12-2014 - TX)

United Rentals, Inc. and United Rentals Northwest, Inc. v. Thomas T. Smith

Appellants seek reversal of the trial court’s order denying their motion to compel
arbitration against plaintiff and former employee Thomas Smith. We affirm.

BACKGROUND

Smith alleges that Appellant unlawfully terminated him on the basis of age during a
series of workforce reduction layoffs that targeted only older employees. Smith further alleges
that he refused to ... More...
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Quran Bryant, Stephen A. Barfield, and Grace Everett v. Dennis J. Cady, Ind. and as Trustee of the Dennis J. Cady Living Trust d/b/a Cady Enterprises

Certain executory contracts for conveyance of Texas real estate that is used or is to be used as the purchaser’s residence or the residence of certain relatives of the purchaser are statutorily regulated. See TEX. PROP. CODE ANN. §§ 5.061–.085 (West 2004 & Supp. 2014); see also Morton v. Nguyen, 412 S.W.3d 506, 507 (Tex. 2013). Sellers under covered contracts must, among other things, provid... More...   $0 (09-18-2014 - TX)

Gerald Lynn Clark and Jo Ann Clark v. Titus County, Texas

Titus County plans to construct a highway through the middle of 21.02 acres of land owned by Gerald Lynn Clark and Jo Ann Clark and, to accomplish its plan, is pursuing condemnation of a 6.193-acre strip that would leave the Clarks with two separated remnant tracts. The appeal before us concerns the value of the taking and comes from a summary judgment in favor of the County. We reverse the summar... More...   $0 (09-19-2014 - TX)

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

Appellant Henry M. appeals the trial court’s termination of his parental rights to his children A.M., B.M., and E.M. The trial court determined Appellant constructively abandoned his children and failed to comply with his court-ordered service plan. See TEX. FAM. CODE ANN. § 161.001(1)(N), (O) (West 2014). The court also determined that terminating Appellant’s parental rights was in the child... More...   $0 (09-17-2014 - TX)

In the Interest and Protection of J.G.

Appellant J.G. sought to represent himself in a hearing on the State’s applications to temporarily commit him to a mental health care facility and to compel him to receive certain psychoactive medications. The trial judge denied J.G.’s request, proceeded with the hearing, and granted the State’s applications. Through court-appointed counsel, J.G. appeals the trial judge’s orders. We conclu... More...   $0 (09-17-2014 - TX)

Donald R. Cain v. Progressive County Mutual Insurance Company

This is an appeal from a summary judgment dismissing the plaintiff’s claims against an insurer under an automobile insurance policy. The main issue is whether the insurance policy in effect at the time of the accident falls within the plain meaning of the term “renewal insurance policy” in sections 1952.101(c) and
1952.152(b) of the Texas Insurance Code. We conclude that it does and that... More...
   $0 (09-18-2014 - TX)

Soorena Sharifi v. Sonia Danielle Sharifi

The parties have now filed a joint motion requesting that we reverse the
district court’s judgment and remand the cause for entry of judgment in accordance with
their Mediated Settlement Agreement. We grant the parties’ motion, set aside the district court’s
judgment without regard to the merits, and remand the case to the district court for rendition of
judgment in accordanc... More...
   $0 (09-17-2014 - TX)

Malladi Sudhakar Reddy, M.D. v. Dianna Lynn Veedell and Maury Veedell

A bicyclist was injured when she was struck by a car driven by a distracted doctor. Is her negligence claim against the doctor a “health care liability claim” under the Texas Medical Liability Act, requiring her to file an expert report to
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establish that her claim is not frivolous? We conclude that it is not, and accordingly we affirm the trial court’s ruling denying the doctor’s... More...
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Lee Ann Wheelbarger v. City of El Lago and Richard Smith

This appeal arises from a claim by appellant Lee Ann Wheelbarger that the appellees, the City of El Lago and Richard Smith (sued in his official capacity only), violated her constitutional right to due process in determining that a condominium complex in which she owned a unit had been “substantially
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damaged” by Hurricane Ike. She claimed that this determination, communicated in a le... More...
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John Russell Coffman v. Celeste Elane Coffman Melton

John Russell Coffman appeals from the issuance of a second protective order preventing him from having contact with his ex-wife, Celeste Elane Coffman Melton, among others. In two issues, John challenges the legal and factual sufficiency of the evidence to support the court’s order and contends the court
erred in awarding attorney’s fees to Celeste. We affirm.
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Background
Duri... More...
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In the Estate of Rosa Elvia Guerrero, Deceased

Mike Hall Chevrolet, Inc. d/b/a Champion Chevrolet (Champion) brings this interlocutory appeal from the trial court’s order denying its motion to compel arbitration pursuant to the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA). See Tex. Civ. Prac. & Rem. Code § 51.016 (providing that matters subject to the FAA may be appealed under the same circumstances that an appeal from a federal court order is permitted b... More...   $0 (09-04-2014 - TX)

GAIA Environmental, Inc. v. James B. Galbraith

Appellants Gaia Environmental, Inc. and AXL Industries, L.L.C. brought claims against appellees James B. Galbraith and McLeod, Alexander, Powel & Apffel, P.C. (“MAPA”) for tortious interference with a prospective business relationship, tortious interference with an existing contract, civil conspiracy, and aiding and abetting. Gaia and AXL alleged that attorney Galbraith and his firm
MAPA, ... More...
   $0 (09-09-2014 - TX)

Steven Frankoff v. Susan C. Norman

In this case involving the disbursement of attorneys’ fees from the settlement of a lawsuit, appellant Steven Frankoff contends the trial court erred in (1) granting summary judgment in favor of appellee Susan Norman, (2) denying Frankoff’s cross-motions for traditional and no-evidence summary judgment, (3) denying various motions and overruling numerous objections. We affirm.
Procedural H... More...
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Jerry L. Starkey, TBDL, L.P., and PBW Development Corporation v. Glen Graves

When the relationship between the companies and individuals involved in a limited partnership broke down, the aggrieved limited partner sued the other partners and their owner, alleging that they breached successive partnership agreements and committed or conspired to commit statutory and common-law
fraud and breaches of the duties of loyalty and care. The plaintiff sought the same two categor... More...
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United states of America v. Ricardo Garza-Ramirez

McALLEN, Texas - Mexican national Ricardo Garza-Ramirez, 55, has been convicted of conspiracy to import cocaine, announced U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson. Set to begin trial today, Garza-Ramirez instead elected to enter a guilty plea before U.S. District Judge Micaela Alvarez. On June 17, 2014, Garza-Ramirez drove a BMW 3Series loaded with 15 kilograms of cocaine from Mexico into the U.S. through ... More...   $0 (09-03-2014 - TX)

United states of America v. Jose Aviles-Villa and Antonio Barruquet-Hildeberta

HOUSTON, TX – The final two men arrested in connection with the March 2014 discovery of more than 100 illegal aliens in an area stash house have been ordered to federal prison, announced United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson along with Brian Moskowitz, special agent in charge of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). Jose Aviles-Villa, 32, and Antonio Barruquet-Hildeberta, 46, pleaded guilty ... More...   $0 (09-04-2014 - TX)

United states of America v. Ricardo Rangel

LAREDO, Texas - Ricardo Rangel, justice of the peace for Webb County Precinct 2 - Place 2, has been convicted of extortion under color of official right, announced U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson today. Rangel, 48, of Laredo, admitted that on or about March 25, 2012, he accepted a bribe while he was acting in his official capacity as a justice of the peace. Specifically, he accepted $250 from a b... More...   $0 (09-04-2014 - TX)

United states of America v. Alberto Garza-Gaona

LAREDO, Texas – Alberto Garza-Gaona, 26, of Laredo, has entered a plea of guilty to one count of receipt of child pornography, announced U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson. An investigation was launched in February 2014 focusing on the distribution and receipt of child pornography through electronic file sharing using peer-to-peer (P2P) networks. Soon after, law enforcement discovered various child ... More...   $0 (09-05-2014 - TX)

United States of America v. CVS Pharmacy, Inc. and H-E-B

HOUSTON, TX - CVS Pharmacy Inc. and H-E-B have paid the Southern District of Texas respective penalties of $1,912,500 and $262,500 to resolve numerous alleged violations of the Comprehensive Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act, announced U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson. The CVS penalty was paid yesterday, while H-E-B settled their case on Aug. 6, 2014. The settlements were finalized without an ad... More...   $0 (09-05-2014 - TX)

United States of America v. Rigoberto Ruiz-Alatorre

El Paso, TX - Rigoberto Ruiz-Alatorre, age 29, an admitted drug trafficker and former bodyguard for Sinaloa narcotrafficker Gabino Salas-Valenciano (aka “El Ingeniero”), was sentenced to 28 years in federal prison and fined $5,000 for murdering a member of his drug trafficking organization announced United States Attorney Robert Pitman, Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent in Charge ... More...   $0 (09-03-2014 - TX)

United States of America v. Charles Marquez

El Paso, TX - Charles Marquez, age 54, was sentenced to life in federal prison and fined $10,000 for his role in a prostitution scheme involving a minor announced United States Attorney Robert Pitman, Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent in Charge Douglas E. Lindquist and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Special Agent in Charge Dennis A. Ulrich.

On November 21, 2013, a fed... More...
   $0 (09-03-2014 - TX)

United States of America v. Jacob Robert Holguin aka Friend of Grimm

San Antonio, TX - 42-year-old Jacob Robert Holguin (aka “Friend of Grimm”), age 42, was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison followed by a lifetime of supervised release for distribution of child pornography announced United States Attorney Robert Pitman and FBI Special Agent in Charge Christopher Combs.

On November 30, 2012, federal authorities executed a search warrant at the def... More...
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United States of America v. Kevin Arthur Miles

DALLAS, TX — A Grand Prairie, Texas, resident was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Barbara M. G. Lynn following his guilty plea in April 2013 to a felony child pornography offense, announced U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas.

Kevin Arthur Miles, 44, was sentenced on Friday to 210 months in federal prison to be followed by a 10-year term of supervised rele... More...
   $0 (09-03-2014 - TX)

United States of America v. Gabriel Granado

DALLAS, TX — Three individuals who were involved in burglaries at two post offices in Dallas have been sentenced to lengthy federal prison sentences, announced U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas.

Gabriel Granado, 33, of Dallas, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Jorge A. Solis to 96 months (eight years) in federal prison and ordered to pay $2,820 in rest... More...
   $0 (09-03-2014 - TX)

United States of America v. Christopher Briseno

DALLAS, TX — A man who came to the attention of law enforcement in Toronto, Canada, during an undercover investigation into the distribution of child pornography, was sentenced today in federal court in Dallas, announced U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas.

Christopher Briseno, 45, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Jorge A. Solis to 108 months in federal... More...
   $0 (09-03-2014 - TX)

Kyongnam Kim and Isis A to Z Bridal Formal, Inc. v. Antonio Sanchez, d/b/a as D&C Construction

Kyongnam Kim and Isis A to Z Bridal Formal, Inc. appeal from the trial court’s judgment awarding breach of contract damages and attorney’s fees to contractor Antonio Sanchez, doing business as D&C Construction. We affirm.
1See Tex. R. App. P. 47.4. This case was originally submitted on May 21, 2013. On June 10, 2014, the court, on its own motion, ordered the appeal to be resubmitted on Jul... More...
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Harold George Sayrie Jr. a/k/a Harold Sayrie v. The State of Texas

In this appeal, counsel for the appellant, Harold George Sayrie Jr. filed a brief stating counsel found no arguable issues that would allow the court to reverse Sayrie’s conviction. After reviewing the record, we agree that there are no arguable issues that Sayrie could have raised to support his appeal. See Anders v. California, 386 U.S. 738 (1967).
In carrying out a plea bargain agreement,... More...
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John Charles Alfrey v. The State of Texas

John Charles Alfrey was found guilty of deadly conduct and he was then sentenced, based on the jury’s findings, to serve a sentence of one year in jail. In his appeal, Alfrey challenges the sufficiency of the evidence and the trial court’s decision to admit evidence over his objection during the punishment phase of his trial that showed he was subject, at the time of his trial, to an order req... More...   $0 (09-03-2014 - TX)

Texas Department of Public Safety v. K.J.H.

In a single issue, appellant Texas Department of Public Safety (“DPS”) challenges the trial court’s order granting K.J.H.’s request for expunction. We affirm the trial court’s judgment in part and reverse and render in part.
K.J.H. filed a petition for expunction of all criminal records arising from the following arrests: (1) April 20, 2007, for possession of a controlled substance, ... More...
   $0 (09-05-2014 - TX)

In the Interest of A.E.D.

In 1998, A.S., A.E.D.’s mother, filed a petition to establish that K.D. is the biological father of A.E.D. The parties signed an agreed decree of paternity, which adjudicated K.D. as a parent of A.E.D., appointed A.S. and K.D. as joint managing conservators, gave A.S. the exclusive right to establish A.E.D.’s primary residence, and ordered K.D. to pay child support. In 2011, the Texas Attorney... More...   $0 (09-04-2014 - TX)

Golden Corral Corporation d/b/a Golden Corral and Corral Group, Incorporated v. Cynthia Trigg

In this appeal, Golden Corral Corporation d/b/a Golden Corral and Corral Group, Incorporated (collectively, Golden Corral) contend the warning they provided to their customers concerning the presence of liquid on the floor in their restaurant discharged the duty they owed their invitees as a matter of law. Following a jury trial, the jury found Golden Corral negligent in a slip and fall case. Subs... More...   $0 (09-04-2014 - TX)

 
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