The Texas Supreme Court has finally put to rest the question of whether the implied warranty to repair or modify tangible goods or property in a good and workmanlike manner can only be brought by a consumer under the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act (DTPA) or whether it can be brought under the common law

In 2011, the Texas Legislature passed the Texas Citizens Participation Act (TCPA) also characterized as an anti-SLAPP statute (Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation). “The purpose of this [Act] is to encourage and safeguard the constitutional rights of persons to petition, speak freely, associate freely, and otherwise participate in government to the maximum extent permitted

The constructive trust is a powerful weapon that plaintiffs can use against defendants who have breached their fiduciary duties or committed fraud. In one Texas case, the court of appeals actually affirmed the trial court’s award to the plaintiffs of all the assets in the business owned by the defendant who breached his fiduciary duties

Texas Corporate directors and officers owe fiduciary duties of obedience, loyalty and due care to the corporation.  Gearhart Indus., Inc. v. Smith Intern., Inc., 741 F.2d 707, 719 (5th Cir. 1984); Loy v. Harter, 128 S.W.3d 397, 407 (Tex. App.—Texarkana 2004, pet. denied). In this context, directors and officers are probably most often found

Introduction. In Texas, officers and directors of a corporation owe fiduciary duties to the corporation. “Three broad duties stem from the fiduciary status of corporate directors; namely, the duties of obedience, loyalty, and due care. Ubelaker at 781–82. The duty of obedience requires a director to avoid committing ultra vires acts, i.e., acts beyond

Modern technology is making it much more difficult for businesses to protect their trade secrets. Long gone are the days when an unscrupulous company officer or employee would have to spend hours late at night at the copy machine to copy and steal valuable trade secrets like customer lists, plans or specifications. In the digital

One area in Texas commercial litigation that continues to evolve is the cause of action for theft of trade secrets. State and federal statutes have recently been enacted making it easier for businesses to protect their trade secrets. This is becoming increasingly important in the digital age when large amounts of information including protected trade

Just when it looked like all was lost for minority shareholders of closely held Texas corporations after the Texas Supreme Court eliminated shareholder oppression as a cause of action, along came the Court’s decision of Sneed v. Webre, 465 S.W.3d 169 (Tex. 2015). In this fascinating decision, the Court found that shareholders of TX closely

The Texas Supreme Court has made it clear in a recent opinion that majority shareholders do not owe formal fiduciary duties to minority shareholders, even in closely held corporations. Cardiac Perfusion Services, Inc. v. Hughes, 436 S.W.3d 790 (Tex. 2014). However, a recent Texas appellate court held that managing members of a limited liability

The last post discussed the Texas Supreme Court’s recent decision in Ritchie v. Rupe eliminating shareholder oppression as a cause of action in Texas.  However, all is not lost for minority owners in small corporations or limited liability companies who are treated unfairly.  In fact, the same court made it clear that board of director