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OneBeacon Ins. Co. v. Don's Building Supply Inc.

United States Fifth Circuit
Civil Procedure, Contracts, Insurance Law, Product Liability, Property Law & Real Estate
(Industry: Manufacturing)

Questions of law are certified to the Supreme Court of Texas regarding: 1) the proper rule under Texas law for determining the time at which property...
08/09/2007 06-10727

Milligan v. Trautman

United States Fifth Circuit
Bankruptcy Law, Insurance Law
The cash from a surrendered whole-life insurance policy is not exempt from a bankruptcy estate under Texas law.
08/09/2007 06-50363

US v. Morales-Martinez

United States Fifth Circuit
Criminal Law & Procedure, Immigration Law, Sentencing
A sentence for illegal re-entry is vacated where the district court improperly calculated defendant's sentencing guideline range by applying a...
08/08/2007 06-40467

Chauvin v. State Farm Fire & Cas. Co.

United States Fifth Circuit
Contracts, Insurance Law, Property Law & Real Estate
In an action brought by homeowners against their insurers, alleging that their homes were totally destroyed in Hurricanes Katrina and/or Rita, an...
08/07/2007 06-30946, 07-30033

Rothgery v. Gillespie County

United States Fifth Circuit
Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, Government Law
In a 42 U.S.C. section 1983 suit against a county alleging violation of plaintiff's Sixth and Fourteenth Amendment right to counsel, summary judgment...
08/03/2007 06-50267

In Re Katrina Canal Breaches Litigation

United States Fifth Circuit
Contracts, Injury & Tort Law, Insurance Law
In a consolidated suit by policyholders with property damaged by Hurricane Katrina alleging that the massive inundation of water into the city was the...
08/03/2007 07-30119

Smith v. The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.

United States Fifth Circuit
Evidence, Injury & Tort Law, Product Liability
In a suit alleging defective tire design after an automobile accident caused by a tire blowout, summary judgment for defendant is affirmed where the...
08/03/2007 06-60373

Smith v. Seacor Marine LLC

United States Fifth Circuit
Admiralty, Contracts, Injury & Tort Law, Oil and Gas Law
In an action seeking contractual indemnity for sums a third-party defendant may owe to plaintiff, who was injured in an oilfield accident which...
08/02/2007 06-30992

Allstate Ins. Co. v. Abbott

United States Fifth Circuit
Commercial Law, Constitutional Law, Insurance Law
(Industry: Services)

In a suit challenging a Texas statute restricting the right of an auto insurer to own and operate auto body shops, judgment rejecting plaintiff's...
08/02/2007 06-10500

Cambridge Toxicology Gp. Inc. v. Exnicios

United States Fifth Circuit
Asset Forfeiture, Civil Procedure, Contracts, Injury & Tort Law, Sanctions
In a suit involving a contractual dispute between attorneys and a company hired as an expert witness, partial summary judgment for defendants and...
08/02/2007 05-30437