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Sandeep Nanda v. Corey Huinker

Appellant Sandeep Nanda filed a breach of contract action against appellee Corey Huinker in relation to Nanda’s purported agreement to purchase real property from
1 Pursuant to a docket-equalization order issued by the Supreme Court of Texas, this appeal has been transferred to this Court from the Third Court of Appeals in Austin, Texas. See TEX. GOV'T CODE ANN. § 73.001 (West, Westlaw through... More...
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Mary M. Rawls v. Jeffrey Clark Rawls

When Mary Rawls and Jeffrey Rawls divorced in 2008, their Divorce Decree incorporated their agreement to divide bonus compensation that would be paid to Jeffrey in 2008 and for the following six years. Mary later sued Jeffrey to recover her share of bonus compensation that Jeffrey received from 2008 through
2011. She also brought a bill of review attacking the 2008 Decree and a petition ... More...
   $0 (08-27-2015 - TX)

United States of America v. Andrew Lee Siegel

Dallas, TX - Dallas Lawyer Sentenced to Serve 12 Months and One Day in Federal Prison

Defendant Pleaded Guilty to Mail Fraud and Criminal Copyright Infringement Related to Investor Fraud Case Involving Vodka Brands and Dynasty Spirits, Inc.

A Dallas attorney who pleaded guilty to federal felony offenses involving copyright infringement and investor fraud was sentenced this mornin... More...
   $0 (08-19-2015 - TX)

Tiffany Lynn Fraser v. Timothy Purnell, as Independent Executor, Estate of Tommy Arthur Punell, Deceased

This case presents an appeal from a bench trial in which the trial court found in favor of appellee Timothy Purnell, as Independent Executor of the Estate of Tommy Arthur Purnell, Deceased (Purnell), against appellant Tiffany Lynn Fraser on Purnell’s claims of common law fraud and statutory fraud in a real estate transaction. The trial court awarded damages, pre- and post-judgment interest, and at... More...   $0 (07-23-2015 - TX)

United States of America v. Fabian C. Fleifel

Dallas, TX - Federal Jury Convicts Florida Man in Resort Timeshare Telemarketing Fraud Conspiracy that Victimized Persons Over Age 55

Following a nine-day jury trial before U.S. District Judge Sidney A. Fitzwater, a federal jury has found one of the ten conspirators in an estimated $10 million resort timeshare telemarketing fraud conspiracy that victimized at least 5000 individuals, many ... More...
   $0 (07-28-2015 - TX)

Lee Ann Cholopisa v. Roy William Cholopisa

By two issues, appellant Lee Ann Cholopisa (Lee Ann) appeals the trial court’s division of property with appellee Roy William Cholopisa (Roy). Lee Ann asserts that (1) the trial court based its decision upon inadmissible hearsay evidence, and (2) Roy committed fraud. We affirm.
Lee Ann and Roy married on January 2, 2002, and the couple separated in March 2010. On Apri... More...
   $0 (06-04-2015 - TX)

Austin Jockey Club, Ltd. v. Dallas City Limits Property Co., L.P.

In two issues, appellant Austin Jockey Club, Ltd. (AJC) contends the trial court erred by granting a declaratory judgment that AJC’s termination of a stock purchase agreement with appellee Dallas City Limits Property Co., L.P. (DCL) was wrongful and ineffective and by awarding attorney’s fees to DCL. We affirm the trial court’s judgment.
Factual Background
In August 2005, Longhorn Do... More...
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KNJ Enterprises, Inc. v. Wilbanks & Wilbanks, P.C. and H. Erwin Wilbanks and Fidelity National Title Insurance Company

The trial court signed an order compelling arbitration of all claims between
appellant KNJ Enterprises, Inc. and appellees Wilbanks & Wilbanks, P.C., H.
Erwin Wilbanks, and Fidelity National Title Insurance Company (collectively
“Wilbanks”). Wilbanks initiated arbitration in conformity with the trial court’s
order. KNJ received notice of the arbitration initiated by Wilbanks ... More...
   $0 (04-14-2015 - TX)

Noordin Bhamani and Nooruddin T. "Nick" Bhamani v. Citizens Enterprises, Inc. and Mohammad Siddique

This appeal arises out of a commercial lease dispute between Noordin
Bhamani (Bhamani) and his landlord, Citizens Enterprises, Inc. Citizens sued
Bhamani for breach of two commercial leases. The first one, signed in 2007, was
for the lease of a convenience store with an amendment for additional space: a
liquor store next to the convenience store. The second lease, signed in 2... More...
   $0 (04-16-2015 - TX)

Chris Wilmot v. Harry A. Bouknight, Junior

Appellee, Harry A. Bouknight, Jr., sued appellant, Chris Wilmot, for fraudulent inducement relating to an employment contract and, following a bench trial, the trial court rendered judgment in Bouknight’s favor. In five issues on
appeal, Wilmot challenges the trial court’s judgment, arguing that (1) Bouknight’s fraudulent inducement claim fails as a matter of law; (2) the evidence ... More...
   $0 (03-03-2015 - TX)

Angelica Garza Duque v. Wells Fargo, N.A.

Angelica Garza Duque sued Wells Fargo, N.A., seeking to enforce a consent judgment to which she is not a party and prevent foreclosure on her home. The parties each filed a traditional motion for summary judgment. The trial court granted Wells Fargo’s motion and denied Duque’s motion. Duque appeals. We
hold that Duque lacks standing to enforce the consent judgment and affirm the judg... More...
   $0 (03-03-2015 - TX)

Eric C. Sanders and Carrie L. Sanders v. American Home Mortgage Servicing, Inc.

Appellants Eric C. Sanders and wife, Carrie L. Sanders, brought suit against American Home Mortgage Servicing, Inc. (“American Home”), alleging improper debt collection practices with regard to a residential mortgage. The trial court granted summary judgment in favor of American Home, and on appeal, the Sanderses contend the trial court erred in granting summary judgment in favor of American H... More...   $0 (02-25-2015 - TX)

Comed Medical Systems, Co., Ltd. d/b/a GEMSS Medical and GEMSS North America Inc., f/k/a GEMSS USA Inc. v. AADCO Imaging, LLC and AADCO Medical Inc.

This is an interlocutory appeal of a temporary injunction ancillary to pending
arbitration proceedings. With the exception of one narrow feature of the order that must be
modified, we will affirm the order.
The appellants (collectively, “GEMSS”) are affiliated entities that manufacture
medical equipment. In May 2013, GEMSS executed a “Master Distribution Agreem... More...
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United States of America v. Andrew Lee Siegel

Dallas, TX - Andrew Lee Siegel, a Dallas attorney, appeared this morning before U.S. Magistrate Judge Irma C. Ramirez and pleaded guilty to Count Two of a Superseding Information charging mail fraud

In July 2014, Siegel pleaded guilty to one count of felony criminal infringement of a copyright – Count One of the Superseding Information.

Siegel, 54, faces a maximum statutory pen... More...
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United States of America v. Lendell Beacham

William Tisdale, Hubert Jones, and Lendell Beacham were convicted by a jury on various counts of conspiracy, wire fraud, and bank fraud. They appeal the sufficiency of the evidence supporting their respective convictions, various aspects of their respective prison sentences, and the district court’s method of calculating restitution. We affirm their convictions but vacate their sentences and rem... More...   $0 (12-12-2014 - TX)

Daniel G. Johnson v. Anna Maines Johnson

Anna Maines Johnson filed for divorce from Daniel G. Johnson. After a bench trial, the trial court entered a Final Decree of Divorce and issued Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law. In three stated appellate issues, Daniel challenges the trial court’s refusal to grant his reimbursement claim. Daniel contends that: (1) the trial court divested him of his “separate property” contrary to the... More...   $0 (11-14-2014 - TX)

United States of America v. Jarrod Jamiel Williams, et al.

DALLAS, TX — Four Dallas-area individuals, along with a defendant from Georgia, who were convicted for their roles in a mortgage fraud scheme that caused more than $3 million in losses to lenders, have been sentenced, announced U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas.

On Friday, August 15, Jarrod Jamiel Williams, 35, most recently of McKinney, Texas, was senten... More...
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D. Brent Lemon v. Daniel Hagood

D. Brent Lemon appeals the trial court’s judgment in favor of Daniel Hagood following a jury trial in this breach-of-contract suit. The jury found Lemon breached the contract and determined Hagood suffered damages of $97,024.77 and that his reasonable attorney’s fees in the trial court were $125,000. The trial court entered judgment for Hagood on the verdict. Lemon brings ten issues on appeal ... More...   $0 (07-24-2014 - TX)

PMSALS 1 LLC v. American Opportunity for Housing Perrin Oaks LLC; American Opportunity for Housing Inc, David Starr, Fidelity National Title Insurance Company

PMSALS 1, LLC appeals a final judgment incorporating a series of summary judgment orders in favor of American Opportunity for Housing-Perrin Oaks, LLC (“AOH LLC”), American Opportunity for Housing, Inc. (AOH Inc.), David Starr, and Fidelity National Title Insurance Company. We affirm the trial court’s judgment.
AOH LLC is the maker of a $2,500,000 promissory note which was... More...
   $0 (07-16-2014 - TX)

Moshen Sadeghi v. James Gang

Appellant Moshen Sadeghi appeals from a take-nothing judgment entered in favor of Appellee James Gang. In a single issue, Sadeghi contends that, in light of this Court’s prior opinions,1 the trial court erred in its judgment when the evidence satisfied all elements of his breach of contract claim. Gang also raises a cross-issue that the take-nothing judgment should be affirmed because his accept... More...   $0 (07-03-2014 - TX)

United States of America v. Donna Shirley Cobb

SHERMAN, Texas - A 53-year-old Aledo, Texas woman has been sentenced to federal prison for her role in a mortgage fraud scheme in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.

Donna Shirley Cobb pleaded guilty on Oct. 16, 2013 to conspiracy to defraud the United States and was sentenced to 21 months in federal prison today by U.S. District Judge Thad Hear... More...
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Iglesia Cristiana Cristo Vive, Inc. v. Church of God of the Apostolic FAith Latin Conference, Inc.

By three issues, appellant, Iglesia Cristiana Cristo Vive, Inc., appeals from a verdict in favor of appellees, Church of God of the Apostolic Faith Latin Conference, Inc. (“Church of God”) and Pablo Sanchez. We affirm.



Rebecca Robles testified that she served as secretary of a church named the Centro De Adoracion Hosanna (“Hosanna”) with the Reverend Hi... More...
   $0 (05-29-2014 - TX)

Green Tree Servicing, LLC v. Eric C. Sanders

Appellants Green Tree Servicing, LLC and U.S. Bank as Trustee of the Servertis Fund I Trust 2009-2 Grantor Trust Series 2009-2 challenge the trial court’s judgment granting damages and attorney’s fees in favor of appellee Eric M. Sanders. Because Sanders failed to plead for attorney’s fees and because the issue of attorney’s fees was not tried by consent, we reverse the portion of the tria... More...   $0 (05-28-2014 - TX)

Miramar Development Corp. and John Hawkins v. Aaron M. Sisk

This appeal arises from a lawsuit between the buyer and seller of a home. The buyer, Aaron Sisk, sued Miramar Development Corporation and its president, John Hawkins (the Sellers), before subsequently nonsuiting his claims without prejudice. On competing motions for summary judgment, the trial court determined the Sellers were not “prevailing” parties and thus not entitled to an award of attor... More...   $0 (04-27-2014 - TX)

United States of America v. Vathany Teng and Lina Ma

DALLAS — Plano, Texas, residents, Vathany Teng, 43, and Lina Ma, 55, were sentenced yesterday for their role in a loan fraud scheme they ran from August 2007 to April 2008 that resulted in the total funding of more than $3 million in fraudulent loans, announced U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas.

U.S. District Judge David C. Godbey sentenced Teng to 27 month... More...
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United States of America v. Walter Ryan Macapaz

Former Houston resident Walter Ryan Macapaz has been ordered to prison along with Houston businessman Tony David Maldonado and attorney and former mortgage loan officer Buffy Marie Lawrence for their roles in a scheme to defraud residential mortgage lenders of more than $22 million in loans, announced United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson along with FBI Special Agent in Charge Stephen L. Morris ... More...   $0 (03-28-2014 - TX)

Capcor at KirbyMain, L.L.C. v. Moody National Kirby Houston S, L.L.C d/b/a Moody National Kirby Houston, L.L.P and Moody National Title Company, L.P.

This appeal concerns the fiduciary responsibilities of a title insurer as escrow agent for a commercial real estate transaction. Appellant Capcor at KirbyMain, L.L.C., argues that the escrow agent—appellee Moody National Title Company,


L.P.—breached its fiduciary duties by refusing to accept a cashier’s check to close Capcor’s purchase of a tract of unimproved land. Capcor ... More...
   $0 (03-13-2014 - TX)

WCW International, Inc., and Chris Wilmot v. Jerry W. Broussard, Ronnie D. LaBorde, David M. Kernion, David O. Strickland, Craig M. Borel, Kevin J. Roussel, George A. Lowery and Carlos O. Giron

This consolidated appeal concerns a Stock Purchase Agreement (“SPA”) entered into among appellant/cross-appellee WCW International, Inc. (“WCW”),


and appellees/cross-appellants Jerry Broussard, Ronnie D. Laborde, David M. Kernion, David O. Strickland, Craig M. Borel, Kevin J. Roussel, George A. Lowery, and Carlos O. Giron. In the SPA, WCW agreed to purchase stock from appel... More...
   $0 (03-04-2014 - TX)

Edward Nwokedi and 1002 Gemini Interests, LLC v. Unlimited Restoration Specialists, Inc.

Appellants Edward Nwokedi and 1002 Gemini Interests, LLC appeal a judgment entered against them in favor of appellee Unlimited Restoration Specialists, Inc., trading as Unlimited Restoration, Inc. (URI), a company that provided restoration services to Gemini’s property after it was damaged during


Hurricane Ike. After Gemini refused to pay URI for its services, URI sued Nwoked... More...
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Alper Karaali v. Petroleum Wholesale, L.P.

Appellant Alper T. Karaali1 appeals from the trial court’s final judgment in favor of Petroleum Wholesale, L.P., which was based on an arbitration award. He

1 Both Karaali and Tien Shan, Inc., the other maker on the note that forms the basis of the suit underlying this appeal, filed a notice of appeal. Their attorney was permitted to withdraw while this appeal was pending. Karaali then ap... More...
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Roland Scott Arnell v. Monika Elizabeth Arnell

Appellant Roland Scott Arnell1 appeals the trial court’s Order on Petition for Registration and Enforcement of Support Orders and Order for Turnover in favor of his former wife, Monika Elizabeth Arnell. In the proceedings below, Monika sought to enforce support orders from a divorce proceeding between the parties in Geneva, Switzerland. We affirm the trial court’s order.

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Esther Anderson, Principal of Benson & Anderson, P.C. v. Meggin McCormick a/k/a Meghan McCormick, Administratrix of the Estate of Marilyn R. McCormick a/k/a Marahlyn R. McCormick, Deceased

This is a consolidated appeal of an award of attorney’s fees in two related cases. Both cases arose out of a boating accident in which Marilyn McCormick was killed, her minor son, G.M.M., was injured but survived, and the driver of the boat, James Pitcock, also survived. In the aftermath of the accident, litigation arose regarding the guardianship of G.M.M. and the administration of McCormick’... More...   $0 (10-31-2013 - TX)

Sutapa Ghosh and Cinemawalla, Inc. v. Pawan Grover, M.D., 87 Minutes Production, L.L.C. and Pav Entertainment, L.L.C.

Appellees Pawan Grover, 87 Minutes Productions, L.L.C., and PAV Entertainment, L.L.C., sued appellants Sutapa Ghosh and Cinemawalla, Inc., alleging breach of contract, conversion, and common-law fraud. The jury returned a verdict awarding the appellees damages on each cause of action. The trial court entered judgment on the verdict, awarding the appellees $1,498,468 in actual damages and $200,000 ... More...   $0 (09-03-2013 - TX)

Eric W Brauss, Christine Brauss, et al v. Nixdorf Parties

This case results from the downfall of a real estate empire built by W. Eric Brauss through a complex web of real estate limited partnerships involving hundreds of investors and creditors. When some of the investors began to realize the empire was crumbling, Brauss fired all the employees at his management company, Today Realty Advisors, Inc. (TRA), and left the country. Several lawsuits were file... More...   $0 (08-13-2013 - TX)

Alice Donahue v. First American Title Company

Appellant, Alice Donahue, appeals from the trial court’s summary judgment in favor of appellee, First American Title Company. By one issue, Donahue contends that a fact issue remains regarding her claim that appellee owed a duty to pay her a commission. We affirm.



Donahue served as a real estate agent for the sale of a condominium by Sapphire, VP, LP to Macua... More...
   $0 (08-01-2013 - TX)

Albert E. Magill and Jennifer T. Magill v. William Hugh Watson, Jr.

After a jury trial on a seller’s claim arising out of the breach of an earnest money contract, the trial court signed a judgment awarding the seller of real


property the earnest money, plus liquidated damages in an amount equal to three times the earnest money, as provided in the contract, and attorney’s fees, interest, and costs. On appeal, the buyer (1) challenges the plainti... More...
   $0 (07-09-2013 - TX)

Mitchell Carter v. T. Gerald Treece, in his Capacity as Independent Executor of the Estate of John O'Quinn

After a jury trial on a seller’s claim arising out of the breach of an earnest money contract, the trial court signed a judgment awarding the seller of real


property the earnest money, plus liquidated damages in an amount equal to three times the earnest money, as provided in the contract, and attorney’s fees, interest, and costs. On appeal, the buyer (1) challenges the pla... More...
   $0 (07-09-2013 - TX)

Sherry Dunlap v. Cindy Gayle

This is an appeal of a no-evidence/traditional summary judgment granted in favor of appellee, Cindy Gayle. By two issues, appellant, Sherry Dunlap, contends the trial


court erred in: (1) granting summary judgment, and (2) awarding damages to Gayle pursuant to a contractual liquidated damages provision. We affirm.


In November 2007, Dunlap and Gayl... More...
   $0 (04-11-2013 - TX)

Frank Keathley v. Corbitt Baker

Frank and Melissa Keathley appeal from an adverse judgment rendered on the jury’s verdict in favor of Corbitt Baker in the Keathleys’ suit arising from a real estate contract. In six issues, the Keathleys contend the trial court erroneously vacated a prior judgment, awarded attorney’s fees to Baker, failed to award attorney’s fees to the Keathleys, submitted certain jury questions, and dir... More...   $0 (04-04-2013 - TX)

City of Freeport v. Briarwood Holdings, LLC

The City of Freeport brings this interlocutory appeal challenging the trial court’s denial of its plea to the jurisdiction. See TEX. CIV. PRAC. & REM. CODE ANN. §51.014(a)(8) (West Supp. 2012). Briarwood sued the City and the Freeport


Economic Development Corporation (FEDC) to set aside a deed to real property from FEDC to the City and to have the real property conveyed to Briar... More...
   $0 (03-19-2013 - TX)

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