Recent Civil Decisions from the First Court of Appeals – Week of August 8, 2016

Joseph W. Peine v. Elite Airfreight, Inc., Appeal from 189th District Court of Harris County

Appellant Joseph W. Peine appeals from a directed verdict rendered against him in his breach of contract suit against appellee Elite Airfreight, Inc. In three issues, appellant argues that the trial court: (1) erred by granting the directed verdict, (2) abused its discretion by excluding the testimony of Elite’s former legal counsel, and (3) abused its discretion by sealing portions of the record.  Affirmed.

Premium Valve Services, LLC v. Comstock Oil & Gas, LP, Comstock Oil & Gas-Louisiana, LLC and Certain Underwriters,
Appeal from 270th District Court of Harris County

Premium Valve Services, LLC appeals from a final judgment, rendered upon trial to the jury, in favor of appellees, Comstock Oil & Gas, LP, Comstock Oil & Gas-Louisiana, LLC, and Certain Underwriters. In two issues, PVS argues that the trial court erred by refusing to include a proposed question in the jury charge, and by failing to apply the proper measure of damages. Reversed and remanded for a new trial.

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