Introduction. As a matter of first impression, the Texas Supreme Court, in Energy Transfer Partners, L.P., et al (“ETP”) v. Enterprise Products Partners, L.P., et al (“Enterprise”), affirmed the reversal of a judgment exceeding $500 million involving a pipeline partnership dispute, on the grounds that in Texas parties can contract for conditions precedent

Introduction. In the fraud case of Pettit*v. Tabor, Marilyn Eileen Pettit Tabor (Lyn) ‘conveyed her interest in the family farm to her brother, Robert York Pettit (Bob), based upon Bob’s promise to protect the property and to reconvey it to Lyn. However, when it came time for Bob to reconvey the farm

Introduction. The failure to plan for your estate and the succession of your business while you are healthy and mentally competent can lead to drastic and expensive measures, as shown by the recent high profile Texas case of In re Guardianship of Thrash, 04-19-00104-CV, 2019 WL 6499225 (Tex. App.—San Antonio Dec. 4, 2019,

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

Introduction. Family estate disputes over trusts and wills often bring out the worst in the parties as was exemplified in the recent case of ESTATE OF FELIPE A. RADELAT, DECEASED, 02-17-00264-CV, 2019 WL 5792652, at *1 (Tex. App.—Fort Worth Nov. 7, 2019, no pet. h.). In this case, Lourdes Radelat sued her mother

In Texas, handwritten wills are enforceable if they meet certain criteria. To be valid, a holographic will “must be signed by the testator and wholly in the testator’s handwriting.” Ajudani v. Walker, 177 S.W.3d 415, 418 (Tex. App.—Houston [1st Dist.] 2005, no pet.). Of course, many interesting issues arise in determining whether a handwritten

Introduction. The case of Zermeno v. Garcia is about a business divorce gone bad, leading to costly and protracted litigation between family members over the operation of a family-owned concrete business. 14-17-00843-CV, 2019 WL 2063090 (Tex. App.—Houston [14th Dist.] May 9, 2019, no pet. h.). After the initial lawsuit was filed, the parties entered

Introduction. Preston Marshall, Appellant V. Ribosome L.P, is an interesting trust and limited partnership dispute involving the descendants of Texas oilman J. Howard Marshall II. 01-18-00108-CV, 2019 WL 2041062 (Tex. App.—Houston [1st Dist.] May 9, 2019, no pet. h.). The trial court granted a summary judgment against Preston Marshall on his claims against Ribosome

Lawsuits involving alleged violations by former employees of non-competition agreements are often hotly contested and involve injunctive relief. These cases can be challenging for the employer to obtain relief because covenants not to compete are governed by statutory law requiring these restrictive covenants to be reasonable as to time, geographical area, and scope of activity