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

The Texas Citizens Participation Act (TCPA), our state’s version of an anti-SLAPP (Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation) statute has been amended in an attempt to narrow its scope. It was originally enacted to protect free speech such as a Facebook posting by a concerned citizen about a company polluting the environment, which might trigger the

The San Antonio Court of Appeals recently held that an automobile insurer can be held liable to its policyholder for attorney fees and extracontractual damages if it breaches its duty of good faith in failing to reasonably investigate or timely pay an uninsured motorist claim. State Farm Mut. Auto. Ass’n v. Cook, 04-18-00729-CV, 2019

Introduction. In Ivy v. Garcia, Buyer sued Sellers for fraudulently inducing Buyer into entering a contract and buying Sellers’ defective home. 03-18-00545-CV, 2019 WL 3756483 (Tex. App.—Austin Aug. 9, 2019, no pet. h.). Sellers filed a motion for summary judgment on the basis that the as-is clause in the purchase contact barred Buyer’s

Introduction. The failure of the plaintiff in a construction lawsuit to properly address the unique procedural and evidentiary issues involved may result in the dismissal of the plaintiff’s claims. This is exactly what happened to the plaintiff in a recent case filed in San Antonio, Texas against an architectural firm when the plaintiff failed

Introduction. The Texas Supreme Court reversed a judgment rendered against IBM originally in the amount of $21 million because Lufkin Industries disclaimed its reliance upon IBM’s misrepresentations in the written contract between the parties. Int’l Bus. Machines Corp. v. Lufkin Indus., LLC, 573 S.W.3d 224 (Tex. 2019), reh’g denied (May 31, 2019).

Background

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. Another Texas construction design defect case was recently dismissed under the Texas Certificate of Merit statute because the plaintiff failed to file a proper affidavit by a qualified design professional in support of the lawsuit. Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors, L.P. v. Hill & Frank, Inc., 570 S.W.3d 884 (Tex. App.—Houston [1st Dist.]

Stadium in the evening in full light before the match.

Introduction. The Fan Expo, LLC sued the NFL for tortious interference with Fan Expo’s contract with Electronic Arts, Inc. (EA). The trial court granted the NFL’s motion for summary judgment and rendered a take nothing judgment against Fan Expo leading