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SAN ANTONIO STATE HOSP. v. COWAN, 02-0348

Merely providing someone with tangible personal property that is not itself inherently unsafe is not a "use" waiving governmental immunity pursuant to the Texas Tort Claims Act. Immunity is waived for a use of personal property only when the governmental unit is itself the "user."

Appellate Information

  • Argued 02/12/2003
  • Decided 01/09/2004
  • Published 01/09/2004

Judges

  • Justice HECHT delivered the opinion of the Court.

Court

  • Supreme Court of Texas

Counsel

  • For Appellant:
  • Jeffrey D. Janota,Office of Atty. Gen., Austin, for Mae Katherine Ramsey, R.N., Donna Remo, R.N., Arthur Sanchez., Cherie Kay Batsel, Office of Atty. Gen., Austin, for James E. Soler, M.D., Greg Halbrook,Office of Attorney General, Austin, for Thomas H. Williams, M.D., Greg Abbott, Office of Atty. Gen., Howard G. Baldwin, Jeffrey S. Boyd, John Cornyn, Atty. General's Office, Phillip A. Lionberger, Julie Caruthers Parsley, Brown McCarroll, L.L.P., Lisa Royce Eskow, First Asst. Atty. Gen., Austin, Joseph Hughes, Wayne Wright LLP, San Antonio, for petitioner.

  • For Appellees:
  • Sandra Helena Wadiche, Office of Solicitor Gen., Alex M. Miller, A. Wayne Wright, Office of Atty. Gen., Austin, Bill D. Blanton, Watts & Heard, LLP, Richard W. Hunnicutt, Allen Stein & Durbin, PC, San Antonio, for respondents.
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