Texas Supreme Court Orders & Opinions 9/28/07

By September 28, 2007March 8th, 2019Jurisdiction, Supreme Court Orders

The Texas Supreme Court issued four opinions with today’s orders.

In National Plan Administrators, Inc. v. National Health Insurance Co. (No. 05-0006), the Court held that a third-party administrator did not owe a general fiduciary duty to an insurer in light of the parties’ agreement and certain provisions in the Insurance Code.  The Court therefore reversed the court of appeals’ judgment affirming a monetary awardand rendered judgment that the insurer take nothing.

In Texas Parks & Wildlife Department v. E.E. Lowrey Realty, Ltd. (No. 05-0157) (per curiam), the Court applied its recent decision in Texas A&M University System v. Koseoglu, 233 S.W.3d 835 (Tex. 2007) and held that Government Code § 51.014(a)(8) provided the court of appeals with jurisdiction to consider the appeal of Department employees named as codefendants in the suit.  Reversing the court of appeals’ judgment, the Court dismissed the plaintiff’s claims against the employees and the Department after concluding that they were incurably defective and therefore should not be remanded.

In A.G. Edwards & Sons Inc. v. Beyer (No. 05-0580), the Court rejected the contention that Probate Code § 439(a) barred the plaintiff’s breach of contract claim against A.G. Edwards and affirmed the court of appeals’ judgment affirming a $791,200 jury verdict.  However, the Court reversed and remanded for a new trial on attorney’s fees because the plaintiff failed to segregate fees between her breach of contract and tort causes of action.

In Lamesa Independent School District v. Booe (No. 05-0959) (per curiam), the Court reiterated its holding in Satterfield & Pontikes Construction, Inc. v. Irving Independent School District, 197 S.W.3d 390 (Tex. 2006) that Education Code § 11.151(a) is not a clear and ambiguous waiver of sovereign immunity.  Because the court of appeals determined otherwise, the supreme court reversed and remanded the case to the court of appeals to consider issues it did not reach.