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WHISTLEBLOWER ACTIONS IN HARRIS COUNTY TRIAL COURTS

Aug 31, 2009:  
BARC vet files whistleblower suit against City of Houston: Gil Costas, DVM vs. The City of Houston  
(click case style to see original petition in Cause No. 2009-55767, assigned to the
190th District Court)

WHISTLEBLOWER ACT LITIGATION | CASES FROM HOUSTON COURTS OF
APPEALS AND FROM THE TEXAS SUPREME COURT

State of Texas and TxDOT v. Lueck, No. 06-1034 (Tex. Jun. 26, 2009)(Green)(Whistleblower Act claim
dismissed)(allegation of regulatory noncompliance insufficient, report not to proper law-enforcement
authority,
dismissal on the pleadings by plea to the jurisdiction approved; no opportunity to amend)

City of Waco, Texas v. Lopez, No. 06-0089 (Tex. July 11, 2008)(Opinion by Justice Wainwright)
(
Public Employment, Whistleblower Act, TCHRA, anti-discrimination statute as exclusive remedy for retaliation
claim at issue,
failure to satisfy prerequisites for suit by not bringing administrative complaint first)

The University of Houston v. Barth (Tex.App. - Houston [1st Dist.] July 3, 2008) (Higley)
(jury award in
Whistleblower suit reversed, case remanded for retrial)
REVERSE TC JUDGMENT AND REMAND CASE TO TC FOR FURTHER PROCEEDINGS:
Opinion by Justice Higley  
Before Justices Nuchia, Alcala and Higley
01-06-00490-CV The University of Houston v. Stephen Barth
Appeal from 113th District Court of Harris County
Trial Court
Judge: Hon. Patricia Hancock  
Dissenting Opinion by Justice Alcala  

Montgomery County v. Park, No. 05-1023 (Tex. Nov. 30, 2007)(Opinion by Chief Justice Jefferson)
(public employment, WBA, adverse employment personnel action); from Montgomery County; 10th district
(
10-04-00231-CV, ___ S.W.3d ___, 10/19/05)   
The Court reverses the court of appeals' judgment and renders judgment.

Looper v. HCCS (Tex.App.- Houston [14th Dist.] Nov. 29, 2007)(Hedges)
(
public employment, breach of contract, defamation, IIED, whistleblower act)
AFFIRMED: Opinion by Chief Justice Hedges
Before Chief Justice Hedges, Justices Hudson and Frost
14-07-00040-CV Stan H. Looper and Cynthia M. Scott v. Houston Community College System, Bruce Leslie,
Diana Castillo, and Reynaldo Garay
Appeal from 152nd District Court of Harris County (
Hon. Ken P. Wise)

Texas Department of Human Services v. Okoli (Tex.App.- Houston [1st Dist] Jun. 28, 2007)(Taft)
(WBA,
public employment, sovereign immunity, DWOJ, interlocutory appeal)
DISMISS APPEAL: Opinion by Justice Taft
Before Justices Taft, Jennings and Alcala)
01-07-00103-CV Texas Department of Human Services v. Oliver Okoli
Appeal from 61st District Court of Harris County (Trial court judge: Hon. John Donovan)

Harris County v. Cheryl Norris, No. 01-04-01087-CV  (Tex.App.- Houston [1st Dist.] Nov. 9, 2006, pet filed
2/15/2007 and docketed as cause no.
07-0047)(Opinion by Justice Hanks)
(employment, retaliation, whistle blowing, reporting of suspected abuse)

The Ed Rachal Foundation v. D’Unger, No. 03-1101 (Tex. Apr. 21, 2006)(per curiam opinion) (whistle
blowers, no common law cause of action,
doctrine of employment at will)       


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