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NOTE: Effective September 1, 2005 the Texas Legislature abolished the Texas Workers' Compensation Commission
(the Commission), and transferred its responsibilities to the Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers'
Compensation (the Division)

(Tex.App.- Houston [1st Dist.] Feb. 11, 2010)(Alcala) (carrier loses workers compensation appeal over
worker's impairment rating, plea to the jurisdiction in judicial review suit affirmed, attorney fees award for
prevailing claimant workers comp appeal)
By requesting a zero rating, Zurich's pleadings ask the trial court to craft or select an impairment rating not in evidence
before the Division, which it cannot do. See Tex. Lab. Code Ann. §§ 410.301(a), 410.306(c);
Because the trial court does not have jurisdiction to effect any of the remedies sought by Zurich, we hold that the
trial court
properly granted Samudio's plea to the jurisdiction.
AFFIRM TC JUDGMENT: Opinion by Justice Alcala    
Before Chief Justice Radack, Justices Alcala and Higley  
01-08-00233-CV  American Zurich Insurance Company v. Daniel Samudio  
Appeal from 127th District Court of Harris County
Trial Court Judge:  
Hon. Sharolyn P. Wood

Adams v. Liberty Mutual Ins. Co. (pdf) (Tex.App.- Houston [1st Dist.] Jan. 14, 2009)(Bland)
(worker’s compensation judicial review proceeding)
AFFIRM TC JUDGMENT: Opinion by Justice Bland  
We hold that the trial court had no jurisdiction over Adams’ second claim.  We further hold that the trial court had jurisdiction
to review the administrative ruling in the first claim, and that, as the prevailing party, Liberty is entitled to reasonable and
necessary attorney’s fees.  We therefore vacate the portion of the judgment addressing the second claim, affirm the portion
of the judgment addressing the first claim, and remand the cause for approval and entry of an attorney’s fee award for
Liberty.  
Before Chief Justice Radack, Justices Bland and Massengale   
01-09-00178-CV Donna Adams v. Liberty Mutual Insurance Company   
Appeal from 239th District Court of Brazoria County
Trial Court Judge: Hon. Patrick Edward Sebesta  

Stinson v. Ins. Co. of the State of Pennsylvania (Tex.App.- Houston [14th Dist.] Apr. 30, 2009)(Boyce) extra-
contractual claims against appellees the Insurance Company of the State of Pennsylvania, Gallagher
Bassett Services, Inc., and Belinda Ybarra. (
workers compensation denial of claim)
(Stinson contends the
trial court erred in dismissing her suit for want of jurisdiction based on an asserted
failure to exhaust available administrative remedies.  We reverse and remand.
REVERSED AND REMANDED: Opinion by
Justice Boyce  
Before Justices Brock Yates, Seymore and Boyce)
14-07-00698-CV Sue Ann Stinson v. The Insurance Company of The State of Pennsylvania, Gallagher
Bassett Services, Inc., and Belinda Ybarra
Appeal from 61st District Court of Harris County
Trial Court Judge:
JOHN J. DONOVAN  

Harris County v. Hinojosa (Tex.App.- Houston [1st Dist.] Jul. 2, 2009)
(
worker's comp appeal, whether auto accident occurred in course and scope of employment)
AFFIRM TRIAL COURT JUDGMENT: Opinion by
Justice Elsa Alcala     
Before Justices Jennings, Alcala and Higley   
01-08-00439-CV  Harris County v. Eluid Hinojosa   
Appeal from 55th District Court of Harris County
Trial Court Judge:
Hon. Jeffrey A. Shadwick      

Cruz v. Houston General Ins. Co. (Tex.App.- Houston [1st Dist.] Dec. 18, 2008)(Keyes)
(TWCC, SIB, supplemental benefits)
AFFIRM TC JUDGMENT: Opinion by Justice Keyes  
Before Justices Taft, Keyes and Alcala
01-07-00225-CV  Victoria M. Cruz v. Houston General Insurance Company
Appeal from County Court at Law No 2 & Probate Ct of Brazoria County
In this appeal from the denial of supplemental income benefits, appellant, Victoria M. Cruz challenges the trial court's order
granting summary judgment in favor of appellee, Houston General Insurance Company (HGIC). In three issues, Cruz
argues that (1) she is entitled to supplemental income benefits (SIBs); (2) the carrier is not relieved from liability for
supplemental income benefits because she failed to submit a timely application; and (3) the trial court erred in rendering
judgment without taking the Texas Labor Code into consideration.

Kelly v. American Interstate Insurance Co. (Tex.App.- Houston [14th Dist.] Nov. 25, 2008)(Brown)
(
venue, MTV, exhaustion of administrative remedies, plea to the jurisdiction, workers comp, compensable
injury,
benefits denial, preauthorization)
AFFIRMED: Opinion by
Justice Jeff Brown  
Before Justices Brock Yates, Guzman and Brown
14-07-00083-CV  Jimmy J. Kelly v. American Interstate Insurance Co., Hammerman & Gainer, Inc., and
Sheryl Butman--Appeal from 334th District Court of Harris County
Trial Court Judge:
Sharon McCally

Transcontinental Ins. Co. v. Crump (Tex.App.- Houston [1st Dist.] Aug. 26, 2008)(Anderson)
(worker's compensation death benefits
judicial review proceeding, attorneys fees)
AFFIRMED: Opinion by Justice Anderson  
Before Justices Brock Yates, Anderson and Brown
14-06-00905-CV        Transcontinental Insurance Company v. Joyce Crump
Appeal from 400th District Court of Fort Bend County
Trial Court Judge: Clifford J. Vacek

Ardoin v. Anheuser-Busch (Tex.App.- Houston [14th Dist.] Aug. 28, 2008)(Guzman)
(workplace accident death, no
gross negligence found)
AFFIRMED: Opinion by Justice Guzman  
Before Justices Frost, Seymore and Guzman
14-07-00210-CV        Donna Ardoin, Individually, and as Legal Representative of the Estate of Floyd
Ardoin, Deceased v. Anheuser-Busch, Incorporated
Appeal from 157th District Court of Harris County
Trial Court
Judge: Randy Wilson

Sonic Systems Int., Inc. v. Croix (Tex.App.- Houston [14th Dist.] Aug. 27, 2008)(Seymore)
(insurance law,
workers comp claim denial)
AFFIRMED IN PART; REVERSED & REMANDED IN PART: Opinion by Justice Seymore  
Before Justices Fowler, Frost and Seymore
14-07-00103-CV        Sonic Systems International, Inc. v. Randy Croix, Eddie Croix Insurance Agency, Inc.,
and Texas Mutual Insurance Company F/K/A Texas Worker's Compensation Insurance Fund
Appeal from 157th District Court of Harris County
Trial Court Judge:  Randy Wilson

Metro v. Harris County (Tex.App.- Houston [1st Dist.] Aug. 26, 2008)(Fowler)
(workers comp
subrogation)
AFFIRMED IN PART; REVERSED & REMANDED IN PART: Opinion by Justice Fowler  
Before Justices Fowler, Frost and Seymore
14-06-00513-CV  Metropolitan Transport  Authority v. Harris County, Texas
Appeal from County Civil Court at Law No 1 of Harris County
Trial Court Judge: R. Jack Cagle

Texas Mutual Ins. Co. v. Ruttiger (Tex.App.- Houston [1st Dist.] July 31, 2008) (opinion on rehearing by
Jennings)(worker's compensation insurance bad faith, code violation,
DTPA, loss to credit reputation
damages
)
MODIFY TC JUDGMENT AND AFFIRM TC JUDGMENT AS MODIFIED:   
01-06-00897-CV   Texas Mutual Insurance Company v. Timothy J. Ruttiger
Appeal from 122nd District Court of Galveston County
Trial Court Judge: Hon. John Ellisor

G.E. v. Moritz, No. 04-0871 (Tex. June 13, 2008)(Brister) (workplace injury, premises liability, independent
contractor, no duty holding precludes land owner liability for contractor's injury on the premises)  
Justice
Green delivered a dissenting opinion
See subsequent Tex. Sup. Ct. Decision: In Re Jindal Saw Limited, No. 08-0805 (Tex. Feb. 27, 2009)
(per curiam)(
arbitration mandamus) (nonsignatories, wrongful death beneficiaries compelled to arbitrate,
workplace death)
In re Jindal Saw Limited (Tex.App.- Houston [1st Dist.] May 22, 2008)(Alcala)
(
workplace safety, occupational injury, worker's comp, nonsubscriber, arbitration, wrongful death, survival
action)
GRANT PETITION FOR WRIT OF MANDAMUS: Opinion by Justice Alcala   
Before Justices Taft, Keyes and Alcala
01-07-01068-CV In re Jindal Saw Limited, Jindal Enterprises LLC, and Saw Pipes USA
Appeal from
Probate Court No 1 of Harris County
Trial Court Judge: Hon. Russell Austin  
Attorneys:  Levi G McCathern II,  Jeffrey Christopher Wright
| Attorney Kurt B. Arnold,  Marvin B. Peterson, Micajah Daniel Boatright  

Texas Mutual Ins. Co. v. Havard (Tex. App.- Houston [1st Dist.] Mar. 6, 2008)(Bland)
(
workers comp, compensability, intoxication claim, sanctions, failure to impose sanctions not error)
AFFIRM TC JUDGMENT: Opinion by Justice Bland
01-07-00268-CV Texas Mutual Insurance Company v. Richard Havard
Appeal from 21st District Court of Washington County
Trial court judge: Hon. Reva L. Towslee Corbett

Vanderbeek v. San Jacinto Methodist Hospital (Tex.App- Houston [14th Dist.] Jan 31, 2008)(Frost)
(workplace injury,
premises owner liability, plumber)
AFFIRMED: Opinion by Justice Frost
Before Chief Justice Hedges, Justices Frost and Guzman
14-06-00783-CV Gary Vanderbeek v. San Jacinto Methodist Hospital
Appeal from 125th District Court of Harris County (
Judge John A Coselli)

Costello v. Bank of America (Tex.App.- Houston [14th Dist.] Dec. 11, 2007)(Seymore)
(
employment law discharge, summary judgment for employer, worker's comp. retaliation charge fails)
AFFIRMED: Opinion by Justice Seymore
Before Justices Anderson, Fowler and Seymore
14-06-00195-CV Mitzie Costello v.
Bank of America, N.A.
Appeal from 129th District Court of Harris County (
Hon. Grant Dorfman)

Bartee v. BCM (Tex.App.- Houston [14th Dist.] Oct. 16, 2007)(Frost)
(workplace injury,
construction, subcontractor, dangerous condition)
AFFIRMED: Opinion by Justice Frost
Before Justices Frost, Seymore and Guzman
14-06-00324-CV Robey Bartee v. Baylor College of Medicine, David E. Harvey Builders, Inc., and Emcor
Gowan, Inc
Appeal from 157th District Court of Harris County (
Hon. Randy Wilson)

Ace American Ins. Co. v. Marez (Tex.App.- Houston [1st Dist.] Apr. 13, 2007)(Hudson)
[workers comp case;
attorneys fees]
REVERSED AND RENDERED: Opinion by Justice Hudson
(Before Chief Justice Hedges, Justices Hudson and Edelman
14-06-00592-CV        Ace American Insurance Company v. Erasmo Marez
Appeal from 234th District Court of Harris County (
Judge Reese Rondon)

Green v. Fort Bend ISD (Tex.App. - Houston [1st Dist.] Dec. 20, 2007)(Higley)(employment law, workers
comp appeal,
judicial review suit)
AFFIRM TC JUDGMENT: Opinion by Justice Higley
01-06-01157-CV Robert F. Green v. Fort Bend Independent School District
Appeal from 240th District Court of Fort Bend County (Judge Thomas R. Culver, III)
The evidence supports the trial court’s conclusion that Green was not entitled to benefits because he failed to show that his
period of disability extended beyond October 3, 2002. Hence, even if Green showed that he had not achieved maximum
medical improvement until after October 3, 2002, he is not entitled to benefits because the evidence shows that he was not
disabled beyond October 3, 2002.
We cannot conclude that the evidence is so weak or the finding is so against the great weight and preponderance of the
evidence that it is clearly wrong and unjust. Francis, 46 S.W.3d at 242. We hold that the evidence is factually sufficient.
Accordingly, we overrule Green’s fourth issue.

Douglas v. Moody Gardens, Inc. (Tex.App.- Houston [14th Dist.] Dec. 20, 2007)(Seymore)
(PI workers comp,
course and scope of employment, estoppel)
AFFIRMED: Opinion by Justice Seymore
Before Chief Justice Hedges, Justices Anderson and Seymore
14-07-00016-CV Linda Douglas v. Moody Gardens, Inc. and Transcontinental Insurance Company
Appeal from County Court No. 3 of Galveston County (Hon. Roy M. Quintanilla)

Morales v. Liberty Mutual Ins. Co., No. 05-0754 (Tex. Dec. 8, 2007)(O'Neill) (worker's comp. employment
status)
The Texas Workers’ Compensation Act provides alternative avenues for judicial review of a Texas Workers’ Compensation
Commission appeals panel decision depending upon whether the nature of the dispute regards “compensability or
eligibility for . . . benefits” or something else. See Tex. Lab. Code §§ 410.252, 410.301, 410.255; Tex. Gov’t Code §§
2001.171–178. In this case, Margarita Morales seeks review of an appeals panel’s decision that her deceased husband
was an independent contractor rather than an employee of one of three companies, two of which were workers’
compensation insurance subscribers and one of which was not. We hold that the question of a worker’s employment status
is one of compensability governed by section 410.301(a) of the Texas Labor Code, and reverse and remand the case to the
El Paso district court for further proceedings.

Hunt v. State Office of Risk Management (Tex.App.- Houston [14th Dist.] May 15, 2007)(Guzman)(workers
comp) [employment workplace law, jury, workers comp, workplace injury, psychological injury]
AFFIRMED: Opinion by Justice Guzman
Before Justices Frost, Seymore and Guzman
14-05-00819-CV Norma Hunt v. State Office of Risk Management
Appeal from 55th District Court of Harris County (Judge Jeff Brown)

Jury verdict in favor of injured worker reversed
Ranger Conveying & Supply Co. v. Davis (Tex.App.- Houston [1st Dist.] May 3, 2007)(Alcala)(first
superseded opinion, workplace injury, liability, no duty, take nothing]
REVERSE TC JUDGMENT AND RENDER JUDGMENT: Opinion by Justice Alcala
01-05-00128-CV Ranger Conveying & Supply Company v. Daryl Davis
Appeal from 61st District Court of Harris County (
Judge John Donovan)

Ace American Ins. Co. v. Marez (Tex.App.- Houston [1st Dist.] Apr. 13, 2007)(Hudson)
[workers comp case;
attorneys fees]
REVERSED AND RENDERED: Opinion by Justice Hudson
14-06-00592-CV        Ace American Insurance Company v. Erasmo Marez
Appeal from 234th District Court of Harris County (
Judge Reese Rondon)

Rogers v. Texas Sterling Construction (Tex.App.- Houston [14th Dist.] Mar. 29, 2007)(Yates)(premises
liability, death)

Ellwood Texas Forge Corp. v. Jones (Tex.App.- Houston [14th Dist.] Jan. 9, 2007)(Fowler)(workplace injury,
negligence)

McCoy v. North Forest ISD (Tex.App.- Houston [14th Dist.] Nov. 15, 2007)(per curiam)(workers
compensation settlement judgment void, failure to follow statutory requirements,
appellate procedure,
motion to reinstate was late, denial not separately appealable,
deadline for filing notice of appeal not
extended,
appeal dismissed as untimely for want of jurisdiction)
DISMISSED: Per Curiam
Before Chief Justice Hedges, Justices Anderson and Seymore)
14-07-00523-CV Barney L. McCoy v. North Forest independent School District and Janice Jackson
Appeal from County Civil Court at Law No 3 of Harris County (
Hon. Linda Storey)

Georgia-Pacific Corp. v. Stephens (Tex.App.- Houston [1st Dist.] Jul. 26, 2007)(Bland)(workplace injury,
asbestos, proof of causation, expert testimony, jury award reversed, take-nothing judgment rendered)
REVERSE TC JUDGMENT AND RENDER JUDGMENT: Opinion by Justice Bland
(Before Justices Alcala, Hanks and Bland)
01-05-00132-CV Georgia-Pacific Corporation v. Fred Stephens and Betty Stephens
Appeal from 23rd District Court of Brazoria County (Hon. Ben Hardin)

In Re Ward (Tex.App.- Houston [1st Dist.] Nov. 1, 2007)(Taft)(workplace injury, workers comp, order for
medical examination, mandamus denied)
DENY PETITION FOR WRIT OF MANDAMUS: Opinion by Justice Taft
Before Justices Taft, Hanks and Higley
01-07-00558-CV In re Esther Ward
Appeal from 270th District Court of Harris County (
Hon. Brent Gamble)

Hardee v. Kellogg Brown & Root, Inc. (Tex.App.- Houston [14th Dist.] Oct. 16, 2007)(Anderson)
(workplace law, pre-injury release bars recovery by injured job applicant)(summary judgment for defendant
affirmed
14-06-01048-CV Robert Hardee v. Kellogg Brown & Root, Inc.
Appeal from 280th District Court of Harris County (
Hon. Tony Lindsay)

Bartee v. BCM (Tex.App.- Houston [14th Dist.] Oct. 16, 2007)(Frost)(workplace injury, construction,
subcontractor, dangerous condition)(summary judgment for defendant affirmed)
14-06-00324-CV Robey Bartee v. Baylor College of Medicine, David E. Harvey Builders, Inc., and Emcor
Gowan, Inc.--Appeal from 157th District Court of Harris County (
Hon. Randy Wilson)

Plant Owner Entitled to Exclusive Remedy Defense Acting as Its Own General Contractor
Entergy Gulf State, Inc. v. Summers (Tex. Aug. 31, 2007)(Willett)(premises owner and exclusive remedy
defense under Workers' Compensation Act)  NOTE: Subsequent opinion issued: Entergy Gulf States, Inc.
v. Summers (Tex. 2009) No. 05-0272 (Tex. Apr. 3, 2009)(Substitute opinion by Justice Paul Green)
(premises owner as general contractor for
workers compensation exclusive remedy defense purposes)

Central Ready Mix Concrete Co., Inc. v. Islas, No. 05-0940 (Tex. Jun. 29, 2007)(Opinion by Justice Brister)
(liability for work-related injury)

LMC Complete Automotive, Inc. v. Burke (Tex.App.- Houston [1st Dist.] Jun. 21, 2007)(Bland)
(workplace safety,negligence, nonsubscriber,
amount of supersedeas bond)
AFFIRM TC JUDGMENT: Opinion by Justice Bland
Before Justices Nuchia, Hanks and Bland
01-06-00694-CV  LMC Complete Automotive, Inc. v. Ronald Burke
Appeal from 127th District Court of Harris County (
Hon. Sharolyn P. Wood)
We hold that the evidence is legally sufficient and sufficiently reliable to support the jury’s negligence
finding, and the trial court did not abuse its discretion in excluding the evidence that Burke received
compensation for his injury from collateral sources.  We therefore affirm the trial court’s judgment.  We
further hold that the record demonstrates that LMC has a net worth of $149,736.04.  We therefore vacate
the trial court’s July 25, 2006 order denying LMC’s motion to decrease the security required to suspend
enforcement of the judgment, and order that the security for supersedeas for LMC be set at $74,868.02,
fifty percent of LMC’s net worth.  Our order entered on February 15, 2007, staying the enforcement of the
judgment in this case, will remain in effect for fifteen days after the date this opinion is issued to allow the
parties to seek further review of our security determination.  We dismiss appellate cause number 01-07-
00126-CV for want of jurisdiction.

Ace American Ins. Co. v. Marez (Tex.App.- Houston [1st Dist.] Apr. 13, 2007)(Hudson)
(Plaintiff did not prevail in workers comp case; award of
attorneys fees reversed)

Jury verdict in favor of injured worker reversed
Ranger Conveying & Supply Co. v. Davis (Tex.App.- Houston [1st Dist.] May 3, 2007)(Alcala)
[
workplace injury, liability, no duty, take nothing]
REVERSE TC JUDGMENT AND RENDER JUDGMENT: Opinion by Justice Alcala
Before Chief Justice Radack, Justices Alcala and Bland
01-05-00128-CV Ranger Conveying & Supply Company v. Daryl Davis
Appeal from 61st District Court of Harris County (
Judge John Donovan)

Guevara Belteton v. Desco Steel Erectors and Concrete, Inc. (Tex.App.- Houston [14th Dist.] Mar. 13, 2007)
(Hedges) (workplace death, agency, negligence, duty, control)
AFFIRMED: Opinion by Chief Justice Hedges
(Before Chief Justice Hedges, Justices Fowler and Edelman)
14-06-00301-CV Luis Arturo Guevara Belteton, Temporary Administrator of the Estate of Flavio Gonzales-
Soto, Et Al v. Desco Steel Erectors and Concrete, Inc. and Jose De Santiago d/b/a Desco Steel Erectors Et
Al
Appeal from 61st District Court of Harris County
Trial Court Judge: JOHN J. DONOVAN  

Employer Not Liable for Negligence Because Employer's Duty not Established
Jack in the Box, Inc. v. Skiles, No. 05-0911 (Tex. Feb 9, 2007(per curiam)
(workplace safety, injury, nonsubscriber employer, no duty, no liability for negligence)

Can Employers Be Held Liable for Employee's Off-Duty Conduct?  
Loram Maintenance of Way v. Ianni, No. 04-0666 (Tex. Jun 30, 2006)(Opinion by Justice Paul Green)
In general, an employer owes no duty to protect the public from the wrongful acts of its off-duty employees that are
committed off the work site unless the employer exercises control over the employees’ off-duty activities that cause harm.
See Otis Eng’g Corp. v. Clark, 668 S.W.2d 307, 309, 311 (Tex. 1983). Here, we are asked to decide whether an employer
owes a duty to protect the public from an employee’s wrongful off-duty conduct, even though the employer exercised no
control over the employee’s off-duty activities, because the employer knew its employee was drug-impaired and had
threatened violence to others. We conclude that the employer owes no such duty. . . .
Based on the facts surrounding the occurrence in question, we conclude that Loram owed no duty to Ianni with respect to
Tingle’s off-duty conduct. Because Loram owed no duty, we need not reach the remaining issues. We Reverse the court of
appeals’ judgment against Loram and Render a take-nothing judgment in Loram’s favor.

Is Employer Liable for Torts of Independent Contractor?  
Fifth Club v. Ramirez, No. 04-0550 (Tex. Jun. 30, 2006)(Justice Paul Green)
In this case we revisit the rule that an employer is generally not liable for the acts of an independent contractor unless the
employer exercises sufficient control over the details of the independent contractor’s work. See Lee Lewis Constr., Inc. v.
Harrison, 70 S.W.3d 778, 783 (Tex. 2001). We do so to consider whether a “personal character exception” makes a
business owner’s duties to the public nondelegable when contracting for private security services to protect its property.
Because we do not recognize a personal character exception to the rule that an owner is not liable for the tortious acts of
independent contractors, and because the evidence in this case is legally insufficient to support the jury’s negligence,
malice, and exemplary damages findings against the owner, we reverse and render judgment in the owner’s favor.
We do find legally sufficient evidence to support the future mental anguish damages award against the independent
contractor and affirm the judgment as to the contractor. . . .
In summary, we reverse the court of appeals’ judgment against Fifth Club based on jury findings of vicarious liability
negligence and malice in hiring, and we enter a take-nothing judgment in Fifth Club’s favor. We affirm the court of appeals’
judgment against West as to future mental anguish damages.

Travelers Indemnity Co of Conn. v. Espinosa (Tex.App.- Houston [1st Dist.] May 31, 2007)(Hanks)(workers
comp, atty fees, jurisdiction,
attorney's fees])(attorney's fee award for work on appeal must be conditioned
on outcome)
MODIFY TC JUDGMENT AND AFFIRM TC JUDGMENT AS MODIFIED: Opinion by Justice Hanks
Before Justices Nuchia, Hanks and Bland
01-05-00836-CV
Travelers Indemnity Company of Connecticut v. Jesus Espinosa
Appeal from 61st District Court of Harris County (Hon. John Donovan)

Christus Health/St. Joseph Hospital v. Price (Tex.App.- Houston [1st Dist.] May 24, 2007)(Alcala)(opinion on
rehearing) (workers comp, HIV, non-compensable injury)
AFFIRM TC JUDGMENT: Opinion by Justice Alcala
Before Chief Justice Radack, Justices Alcala and Bland
01-05-00210-CV        Christus Health/St. Joseph Hospital v. Angela Price
Appeal from 268th District Court of Fort Bend County (Judge Hon. Brady G. Elliott)

Hunt v. State Office of Risk Management (Tex.App.- Houston [14th Dist.] May 15, 2007)(Guzman)
(workers comp) (employment workplace law, jury, workers comp, workplace injury, psychological injury)
AFFIRMED: Opinion by Justice Guzman
Before Justices Frost, Seymore and Guzman
14-05-00819-CV Norma Hunt v. State Office of Risk Management
Appeal from 55th District Court of Harris County (
Judge Jeff Brown)

Aguirre v. Vasquez (Tex.App.- Houston [1st Dist.] May 1, 2007)(Fowler)(workers comp)
(workplace safety,
car crash, workers compensation act, exclusive remedy defense)
AFFIRMED IN PART; REVERSED & REMANDED IN PART: Opinion by Justice Fowler
Before Chief Justice Hedges, Justices Fowler and Edelman
14-06-00325-CV        Daniel Antonio Aguirre, Et Al v. Dora G. Vasquez
Appeal from Probate Court No 4 of Harris County (WM CAMERON MCCULLOCH)

Ace American Ins. Co. v. Marez (Tex.App.- Houston [1st Dist.] Apr. 13, 2007)(Hudson)
[workers comp case;
attorneys' fees]
REVERSED AND RENDERED: Opinion by Justice Hudson
(Before Chief Justice Hedges, Justices Hudson and Edelman
14-06-00592-CV        Ace American Insurance Company v. Erasmo Marez
Appeal from 234th District Court of Harris County (
Judge Reese Rondon)

Arguelless v. KBR (Tex.App.- Houston [14th Dist.] Mar. 27, 2007)(Frost)
(workplace injury, explosion, duty of care,
finality of judgment)
AFFIRMED: Opinion by Justice Frost
Before Justices Anderson, Edelman and Frost
14-04-01022-CV        Abel Arguelles, Terrie A. Augustino, Petra Renee Barfield, William A Barfield, Adolph
Brown, Desmond Burnett, Dora A. Burnett, Ricky A. Carter, Et Al v. Kellogg Brown & Root, Inc., Individually
and as Successor in Interest to the M.W. Kellogg Company, and Halliburton Company, Individually and as
successor in Interest to the M.W. Kellogg Company
Appeal from
334th District Court of Harris County

Western Steel Co. v. Altenburg, No. 05-0630 (Tex. Oct. 27, 2006)(per curiam)
(workers comp defense, status of injured employee)     

Jury verdict in favor of injured worker reversed
Ranger Conveying & Supply Co. v. Davis (Tex.App.- Houston [1st Dist.] May 3, 2007)(Alcala)
[workplace injury, liability, no duty, take nothing]
REVERSE TC JUDGMENT AND RENDER JUDGMENT: Opinion by Justice Alcala
Before Chief Justice Radack, Justices Alcala and Bland
01-05-00128-CV Ranger Conveying & Supply Company v. Daryl Davis
Appeal from 61st District Court of Harris County (
Judge John Donovan)

W.G. Yatsv. OSH Review Comm’n, 459 F.3d 604 (5th Cir. 2006)(OSHA, supervisor’s violation, imputation of
knowledge)

Hill v. Consolidated Concepts  (Tex.App.- Houston [14th Dist.] Aug. 31, 2006)(Fowler)
(
gross negligence, workplace safety, fall from roof, negligence, gross negligence, admission of evidence,
collateral source doctrine, improper jury argument)
AFFIRMED: Opinion by Justice Fowler
Before Justices Hudson, Fowler and Frost)
14-05-00345-CV John Earnest Hill Jr.; John Anthony Hill, Matthew David Hill, and Gracie Love Hill, Minor
Children by and through next friend John Earnest Hill. Jr.; and Christina Hill, Wife of John Earnest Hill, Jr., v.
Consolidated Concepts Inc.
Appeal from 165th District Court of Harris County (
Judge Elizabeth Ray)

Hernandez v. Harsco Corp (Tex.App.-Houston  [14th Dist.] April 18, 2006)(Anderson)
[workplace safety, death by fall, negligence, duty, proximate cause, summary judgment for employer
affirmed]
AFFIRMED: Opinion by Justice Anderson
Before Chief Justice Hedges, Justices Brock Yates and Anderson
14-05-00481-CV Rosa Maria Hernandez Lopez, Individually; as Representative of the Estate of Victor
Escobar, Deceased; and a/n/f of Victor Ramon Escobar, Rosina Escobar Hernandez and Manuel Escobar
Hernandez, Minors v. Harsco Corporation
Appeal from 269th District Court of Harris County

New Opinion issued in HIV workers comp case
Christus Health/St. Joseph Hospital v. Price (Tex.App.- Houston [1st Dist.] May 24, 2007)(Alcala)(opinion on
rehearing) [workers comp, HIV, non-compensable injury)
AFFIRM TC JUDGMENT: Opinion by Justice Alcala
01-05-00210-CV        Christus Health/St. Joseph Hospital v. Angela Price
Appeal from 268th District Court of Fort Bend County (Judge Hon. Brady G. Elliott)

Arguelless v. KBR (Tex.App.- Houston [14th Dist.] Mar. 27, 2007)(Frost) (workplace injury, explosion, duty
of care,
finality of judgment)
AFFIRMED: Opinion by Justice Frost
Before Justices Anderson, Edelman and Frost
14-04-01022-CV        Abel Arguelles, Terrie A. Augustino, Petra Renee Barfield, William A Barfield, Adolph
Brown, Desmond Burnett, Dora A. Burnett, Ricky A. Carter, Et Al v. Kellogg Brown & Root, Inc., Individually
and as Successor in Interest to the M.W. Kellogg Company, and Halliburton Company, Individually and as
successor in Interest to the M.W. Kellogg Company
Appeal from
334th District Court of Harris County

Mosqueda v. G&H Diversified MFG (Tex.App.- Houston [14th Dist.] Jan. 31, 2007, pet filed)(Seymore)
(workplace PI, borrowed employees,
workers compensation act, exclusive remedy, alter ego, joint business
enterprise)
Mosqueda v. G & H Diversified MFG., Inc.
AFFIRMED: Opinion by Justice Seymore
14-04-00183-CV Guillermina Mosqueda v. G & H Diversified MFG., Inc. and Pacesetter Personnel Service,
Inc.--Appeal from 281st District Court of Harris County.
Justice
Seymore wrote a second concurring opinion in Mosqueda v. G&H Diversified MFG (Tex.App.-
Houston [14th Dist.] Jan. 31, 2007)(concurring opinion by Justice Seymore)
Justice
Edelman dissented in Mosqueda v. G&H Diversified MFG (Tex.App.- Houston [14th Dist.] Jan. 31,
2007)(dissenting opinion by Edelman)

Ellwood Texas Forge Corp. v. Jones (Tex.App.- Houston [14th Dist.] Jan. 9, 2007)(Fowler)(workplace injury,
negligence)
REVERSED AND RENDERED: Opinion by Justice Fowler
14-05-00909-CV        Ellwood Texas Forge Corporation v. Bobby Jones and Kelly Jones
Appeal from 151st District Court of Harris County (
Judge Caroline Elizabeth Baker)
Ellwood Texas Forge Corporation ("Ellwood") hired Process Installations ("API"), an independent contractor, to remove and
replace an air conditioning unit on top of a machine called a "manipulator" on Ellwood's premises.  Bobby Jones, an
employee of PI, was injured when he fell from the top of the manipulator.  He and his wife, Kelly, sued Ellwood for
negligence.  A jury returned a verdict in favor of the Joneses, and the trial court entered a final judgment on the jury's verdict.  
On appeal, Ellwood contends, among other things, that the evidence is legally and factually insufficient to support the jury's
finding that Ellwood retained or exercised control over PI's work, as required by section 95.003 of the Texas Civil Practice
and Remedies Code.  For the reasons explained below, we agree with Ellwood and reverse and render a take-nothing
judgment against the Joneses.
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