The summary judgment personal injury case of AEP Tex. Cent. Co. v. Arredondo, 612 S.W.3d 289 (Tex. 2020) addressed in my previous blog article (previous article) made its way to the Supreme Court of Texas (SCOTX). This case  involved injuries to a landowner who stepped into a hole allegedly created when the

An injured employee’s exclusive remedy for injuries sustained on the job  is to recover workers compensation benefits, except when the employer intentionally causes the injuries. Berkel & Co. Contractors, Inc. v. Lee, 612 S.W.3d 280 (Tex. 2020). This SCOTX case shows how exceedingly difficult it is to prove this exception.

This case involved a

Introduction. In Chambers County v. Pelco Construction Co., the general contractor unilaterally terminated its contract after the project owner stopped work for 40 days. No. 01-18-00832-CV, 2020 WL 7776078, at *1 (Tex. App.—Houston [1st Dist.] Dec. 31, 2020, no pet. h.). The general contractor made payment demands upon the owner for work performed

Introduction. In this case, Valley Builders Supply, Inc., a manufacturer of concrete blocks, sued its competitor, Innovative Block of South Texas, Ltd,  for defamation and business disparagement. At the conclusion of the trial, Valley Builders chose only to submit questions to the jury for defamation. Based upon the jury’s verdict, the trial court entered

Introduction. In this construction defect case, Pleasant Grove Independent School District (“Pleasant Grove”) sued its general contractor, Altech, Inc. (“Altech”), for breach of warranty and the manufacturer, FieldTurf USA, Inc. (“FieldTurf”), for breach of warranty and fraud, pertaining to the installation of artificial turf in the construction of Pleasant Grove’s new football field. Pleasant

In this residential property contract case, the Court addressed whether “as-is” and disclaimer-of-reliance contractual  provisions contained in the closing documents barred the homebuyer’s claims for fraud, negligent misrepresentation and violations of the Deceptive Trade Practice Act (DTPA), even when the seller’s disclosure statement apparently misrepresented and omitted material information. Pogue v. Williamson, 01-17-00844-CV, 2020

Texas Court of Appeals Holds Workers Compensation Nonsubscribing Workers Compensation Employer Liable for Employees Injuries Sustained in Fall from Ladder

The benefit to Texas employers in maintaining workers compensation insurance is that they are shielded from liability to employees injured on the job. In exchange, employees are entitled to recover workers compensation benefits for injuries

A factoring company is not subject to liability under the Texas Construction Trust Fund Act for misapplication of construction funds, according to at least one Texas Court of Appeals. Dakota Util. Contractors, Inc. v. Sterling Commercial Credit, LLC, 583 S.W.3d 199, 201 (Tex. App.—Corpus Christi 2018, pet. denied). Although, the Court indicated that this

The El Paso Court of Appeals has held that the project manager of a commercial construction project was not liable for the injuries sustained by another contractor’s employee. Diaz v. R & A Consultants, 579 S.W.3d 460, 464 (Tex. App.—El Paso 2019, no pet. h.).

In this construction accident case, the court was asked