Texas Commercial Causes of Action 2017

  • ID: 4411208
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  • Region: United States
  • 950 Pages
  • ALM Media, LLC
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A desk reference to unfamiliar subjects and a starting point for analysis of any new commercial matter, Texas Commercial Causes of Action is a pleading guide for both plaintiffs and defendants in Texas business litigation.Texas Commercial Causes of Action: Claims, Defenses and Remedies provides an overview of causes of action commonly employed in disputes, the elements of these common types of causes of action under Texas state law, corresponding defenses, damages and remedies, must-read cases and leading authorities.Texas Commercial Causes of Action: Claims, Defenses and Remedies

  • Outlines essential elements of more than 100 causes of action and defenses, traced to the leading case law or statutory root.
  • Identifies recoverable damages, including attorney fees.
  • Explores the most important defenses.
  • Contains multiple chapters on best practices for presenting your pleading to the court.
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SECTION I: TEXAS BUSINESS AND CONTRACT CAUSES OF ACTION
CHAPTER 1: Business Torts Litigation1-1 TORTIOUS INTERFERENCE WITH EXISTING CONTRACT1-2 TORTIOUS INTERFERENCE WITH PROSPECTIVE BUSINESS RELATIONSHIP1-3 CONVERSION1-4 COMMON LAW FRAUD1-5 STATUTORY FRAUD1-6 FRAUD BY NON-DISCLOSURE1-7 NEGLIGENT MISREPRESENTATION1-8 ANTITRUST – CONTRACT, COMBINATION, OR CONSPIRACY1-9 ANTITRUST – BOYCOTT1-10 ANTITRUST – PRICE FIXING1-11 ANTITRUST – EXCLUSIVE DEALING1-12 ANTITRUST – ILLEGAL TYING ARRANGEMENT1-13 ANTITRUST – TERRITORIAL RESTRICTIONS1-14 ANTITRUST – MONOPOLIZATION1-15 ANTITRUST – ATTEMPTED MONOPOLIZATION1-16 ANTITRUST – PREDATORY PRICING1-17 BUSINESS DISPARAGEMENT1-18 NEGLIGENT HIRING1-19 NEGLIGENCE1-20 NEGLIGENCE PER SE1-21 INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY – COMMON LAW TRADEMARK INFRINGEMENT1-22 INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY – STATUTORY TRADEMARK INFRINGEMENT/TEXAS TRADEMARK ACT1-23 INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY – MISUSE OF A TRADENAME1-24 INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY – MISAPPROPRIATION OF TRADE SECRETS
CHAPTER 2: BUSINESS MANAGEMENT LITIGATION2-1 OFFICER AND DIRECTOR LIABILITY – BREACH OF THE DUTY OF CARE2-2 OFFICER AND DIRECTOR LIABILITY – BREACH OF THE DUTY OF LOYALTY2-3 OFFICER AND DIRECTOR LIABILITY – WRONGFUL DISTRIBUTION OF DIVIDENDS2-4 OFFICER AND DIRECTOR LIABILITY – LIABILITY FOR SECURITIES FRAUD2-5 OFFICER AND DIRECTOR LIABILITY – LIABILITY AS AN AGENT2-6 OFFICER AND DIRECTOR LIABILITY – STATE REVOCATION OF CORPORATE STATUS2-7 SHAREHOLDER OPPRESSION2-8 DERIVATE SHAREHOLDER SUITS2-9 DISSENTING SHAREHOLDERS SUITS2-10 BREACH OF PARTNERSHIP DUTY2-11 USURPATION OF BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY2-12 SUIT TO COMPEL INSPECTION2-13 SUIT TO PIERCE THE CORPORATE VEIL2-14 DISSOLUTION OF PARTNERSHIP – JUDICIAL EXPULSION OF PARTNER2-15 DISSOLUTION OF PARTNERSHIP – JUDICIAL WINDING UP OF PARTNERSHIP2-16 DISSOLUTION OF PARTNERSHIP – WRONGFUL WITHDRAWAL OF PARTNER
CHAPTER 3: Contract and Commercial Litigation3-1 BREACH OF CONTRACT3-2 ACTIONS ON NEGOTIABLE INSTRUMENTS – ACTIONS TO ENFORCE INSTRUMENT3-3 FORECLOSURE ON SECURITY INTERESTS3-4 FRAUDULENT TRANSFER3-5 ACTIONS ON COVENANTS NOT TO COMPETE3-6 DTPA ACTIONS3-7 SUIT ON EXPRESS WARRANTY OF GOODS3-8 SUIT ON EXPRESS WARRANTY OF SERVICES3-9 SUIT ON IMPLIED WARRANTY OF MERCHANTABILITY3-10 SUIT ON IMPLIED WARRANTY OF FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE3-11 SUIT ON IMPLIED WARRANTY OF TITLE3-12 SUIT ON IMPLIED WARRANTY AGAINST INFRINGEMENT3-13 SUIT ON IMPLIED WARRANTY OF GOOD & WORKMANLIKE SERVICE3-14 SUIT ON IMPLIED WARRANTY OF HABITABILITY3-15 SUIT ON IMPLIED WARRANTY OF SUITABILITY3-16 SUIT FOR RESCISSION3-17 QUANTUM MERUIT3-18 UNJUST ENRICHMENT3-19 PROMISSORY ESTOPPEL3-20 MONEY HAD AND RECEIVED3-21 SUIT ON A SWORN ACCOUNT3-22 SUIT ON AN ACCOUNT3-23 BAILMENT ACTIONS – BAILEE’S LIABILITY3-24 BAILMENT ACTIONS – BAILOR’S LIABILITY3-25 AGENCY ACTIONS – AGENT’S ACTION BINDING ON THE PRINCIPAL3-26 AGENCY ACTIONS – AGENT PERSONALLY LIABLE ON CONTRACT BETWEEN PRINCIPAL AND THIRD PARTY3-27 AGENCY ACTIONS – AGENT PERSONALLY LIABLE FOR BREACH OF DUTY3-28 UNFAIR COLLECTION SUITS – COMMON LAW ACTION FOR UNREASONABLE COLLECTION EFFORTS3-29 USURY3-30 UNFAIR COLLECTION SUITS – STATUTORY UNFAIR DEBT COLLECTION3-31 UNFAIR COLLECTION SUITS – STATUTORY LATE PROVISIONS OF CREDIT-FILE INFORMATION3-32 UNFAIR COLLECTION SUITS – STATUTORY DECEPTIVE USE OF CREDIT-BUREAU NAME
CHAPTER 4: Professional Liability and Fiduciary Litigation4-1 LEGAL MALPRACTICE4-2 ACCOUNTING MALPRACTICE4-3 DESIGN MALPRACTICE4-4 DTPA SUITS4-5 BREACH OF FORMAL FIDUCIARY DUTY4-6 BREACH OF INFORMAL FIDUCIARY DUTY4-7 KNOWING PARTICIPATION IN BREACH OF FIDUCIARY DUTY4-8 DEFENSES4-9 LEADING AUTHORITY4-10 ATTORNEY BREACH OF FIDUCIARY DUTY CHAPTER 5: INSURANCE LITIGATION5-1 UNFAIR INSURANCE PRACTICES – LATE PAYMENT OF CLAIM5-2 UNFAIR INSURANCE PRACTICES – DECEPTIVE INSURANCE PRACTICES5-3 INSURANCE BAD FAITH5-4 UIM COVERAGE CLAIM5-5 DECLARATORY JUDGMENT ON POLICY – COVERAGE CLAIM5-6 DECLARATORY JUDGMENT ON POLICY – DUTY TO DEFEND5-7 STOWERS CLAIM5-8 WORKERS’ COMPENSATION
CHAPTER 6: EMPLOYMENT LITIGATION6-1 WRONGFUL DISCHARGE – BREACH OF EMPLOYMENT AGREEMENT6-2 WRONGFUL DISCHARGE – REFUSAL TO PERFORM AN ILLEGAL ACT6-3 EMPLOYMENT DISCRIMINATION6-4 SUIT FOR RETALIATORY TREATMENT – FILING A WORKER’S COMPENSATION CLAIM6-5 DISCHARGE OF PUBLIC EMPLOYEE WHISTLEBLOWER
CHAPTER 7: OIL AND GAS LITIGATION7-1 ACTION TO QUIET TITLE7-2 TRESPASS TO TRY TITLE7-3 DECLARATORY JUDGMENT ACTION7-4 FORCIBLE ENTRY AND DETAINER ACTION7-5 BREACH OF CONTRACT7-6 SUIT IN ASSUMPSIT7-7 BREACH OF FIDUCIARY DUTY7-8 TRESPASS TO REAL PROPERTY7-9 TORT CONVERSION7-10 PRIVATE NUISANCE7-11 PUBLIC NUISANCE7-12 SLANDER OF TITLE7-13 NEGLIGENCE7-14 FRAUD7-15 REMOVAL OF INTERFERENCE WITH LATERAL SUPPORT7-16 BREACH OF IMPLIED COVENANT TO PROTECT AGAINST DRAINAGE7-17 BREACH OF IMPLIED COVENANT TO MARKET7-18 BREACH OF IMPLIED COVENANT TO REASONABLY DEVELOP7-19 INVERSE CONDEMNATION7-20 TAKINGS
CHAPTER 8: EQUITABLE AND EXTRAORDINARY RELIEF8-1 TEMPORARY INJUNCTION8-2 PERMANENT INJUNCTION 8-3 MANDATORY INJUNCTION8-4 RESCISSION8-5 REFORMATION8-6 SPECIFIC PERFORMANCE8-7 ACCOUNTING8-8 CONSTRUCTIVE TRUST8-9  SEQUESTRATION8-10 ATTACHMENT8-11 GARNISHMENT8-12 RECEIVERSHIP8-13 DECLARATORY JUDGMENT8-14 FORCIBLE ENTRY AND DETAINER
CHAPTER 9: CAUSES OF ACTION EXPRESSLY NOT RECOGNIZED IN TEXAS9-1 ACTION AGAINST OPPOSING ATTORNEY9-2 CONFESSION OF JUDGMENT IN PRE-SUIT INSTRUMENT9-3 CONSPIRACY TO BREACH CONTRACT9-4 CONVERSION OF REAL PROPERTY9-5 DETRIMENTAL RELIANCE AS INDEPENDENT TORT CLAIM9-6 EMBRACERY (JURY TAMPERING)9-7 COMMON LAW SHAREHOLDER OPPRESSION9-8 GROSSLY NEGLIGENT INDUCEMENT OF CONTRACT9-9 INVASION OF PRIVACY (FALSE LIGHT)9-10 NEGLIGENT DEFENSE OF INSURED BY INSURER9-11 NEGLIGENT INFLICTION OF EMOTIONAL DISTRESS9-12 NEGLIGENT INVESTIGATION OF EMPLOYEE MISCONDUCT9-13 LIABILITY OF SUCCESSOR FOR TORTIOUS CONDUCT OF PREDECESSOR9-14 WRONGFUL EXPULSION OF WHISTLEBLOWING PARTNER9-15 PERJURY9-16“PRIMA FACIE TORT”9-17 RETALIATORY DISCHARGE FOR PERCEPTION OF PARTICIPATION IN PROTECTED ACTIVITY9-18 RETALIATORY DISCHARGE FOR PROTECTED ACT OF THIRD PARTY9-19 SPOLIATION OF EVIDENCE9-20 TORTIOUS INTERFERENCE WITH FIDUCIARY DUTY9-21 BREACH OF IMPLIED WARRANTY OF PROFESSIONAL SERVICES9-22 WHISTLEBLOWER ACTION: PROTECTION OF PRIVATE-SECTOR EMPLOYEE9-23 OIL & GAS LITIGATION – IMPLIED COVENANT TO FURTHER EXPLORE SECTION II: PLEADING DAMAGES
CHAPTER 10: PLEADING REQUIREMENTS GENERALLY FOR DAMAGES IN BUSINESS LITIGATION10-1 NECESSITY OF PLEADING DAMAGE AMOUNT CATEGORY10-2 NECESSITY OF MATCH BETWEEN PLEADING AND PROOF OF DAMAGES10-3 EFFECT OF PLEADING GENERAL DAMAGES10-4 NECESSITY OF PLEADING SPECIAL DAMAGES10-5 DISTINGUISHING BETWEEN DIRECT AND CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES10-6 INTERPLAY BETWEEN PLEADINGS AND REQUIREMENTS OF REQUEST FOR DISCLOSURE
CHAPTER 11: COMMON BUSINESS LITIGATION DAMAGES MODELS11-1 CHOOSING THE RIGHT DAMAGE MODEL11-2 BENEFIT-OF-THE-BARGAIN DAMAGES11-3 OUT-OF-POCKET DAMAGES11-4 RESTITUTION (MISAPPROPRIATION) DAMAGES11-5 CONTRACTUAL DAMAGES AND REMEDIES11-6 LOST PROFIT11-7 LOSS OF VALUE OF A BUSINESS11-8 PROPERTY VALUATION AND DAMAGES11-9 OTHER PECUNIARY AND INTANGIBLE DAMAGES11-10 STATUTORY DAMAGES SPECIFIC TO THE CAUSE OF ACTION11-11 EQUITABLE REMEDIES FOR RECOVERY OF MONETARY FUNDS11-12 EXEMPLARY DAMAGES11-13 INTEREST, COSTS, AND ATTORNEY FEES CHAPTER 12: DEFENSIVE ISSUES RELATING TO DAMAGES12-1 MITIGATION OF DAMAGES12-2 ISSUES OF EXCESSIVE OR DOUBLE RECOVERY12-3 ECONOMIC LOSS RULESECTION III: PLEADING DEFENSES
CHAPTER 13: PLEADING BURDENS13-1 DISTINGUISHING PLEADING BURDENS FROM SUBSTANTIVE DEFENSES13-2 DUE-ORDER-OF-PLEADING REQUIREMENT13-3 THE GENERAL DENIAL13-4 VERIFIED AND SPECIAL DENIALS 13-5 AFFIRMATIVE DEFENSES13-6 INFERENTIAL REBUTTAL DEFENSES  CHAPTER 14: SPECIAL AND VERIFIED DENIALS14-1 LACK OF CAPACITY14-2 ANOTHER SUIT PENDING BETWEEN SAME PARTIES FOR SAME CLAIM14-3 DEFECT OF PARTIES14-4 DENIAL OF PARTNERSHIP OR CORPORATE STATUS14-5 DENIAL OF EXECUTION OF WRITTEN INSTRUMENT14-6 DENIAL OF GENUINENESS OF INDORSEMENT OR ASSIGNMENT14-7 DENIAL OF NOTICE AND PROOF OF LOSS OR CLAIM14-8 DENIAL OF ASSUMED NAME14-9 DENIAL OF SWORN ACCOUNT14-10 DENIAL OF CONDITION PRECEDENT14-11 FAILURE OR LACK OF CONSIDERATION14-12 USURIOUS CONTRACT
CHAPTER 15: INFERENTIAL REBUTTAL DEFENSES15-1 SOLE PROXIMATE CAUSE15-2 FAILURE TO MITIGATE15-3 UNAVOIDABLE OCCURRENCE OR SUDDEN EMERGENCY
CHAPTER 16: AFFIRMATIVE DEFENSES16-1 PLEADING RULES AND THEIR EFFECT16-2 PAYMENT16-3 ACCORD AND SATISFACTION16-4 ARBITRATION AND AWARD16-5 RELEASE16-6 WAIVER16-7 RES JUDICATA AND COLLATERAL ESTOPPEL16-8 DISCHARGE IN BANKRUPTCY16-9 LICENSE16-10 ASSUMPTION OF THE RISK AND CONTRIBUTORY NEGLIGENCE16-11 DURESS16-12 ESTOPPEL16-13 ILLEGALITY16-14 FAILURE OF CONSIDERATION16-15 FRAUD16-16 STATUTE OF FRAUDS16-17 STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS16-18 LACHES
CHAPTER 17:  STATUTES OF LIMITATIONS AND REPOSE17-1 ONE-YEAR STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS17-2 TWO-YEAR STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS17-3 THREE-YEAR STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS17-4 FOUR-YEAR STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS17-5 FIVE-YEAR STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS17-6 SIX-YEAR STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS17-7 TEN-YEAR STATUTES OF LIMITATIONS17-8 LIMITATIONS ESTABLISHED OR MODIFIED BY AGREEMENT17-9 COMMENCEMENT OF LIMITATION PERIOD17-10 SUSPENDING AND EXTENDING THE LIMITATIONS PERIOD17-11 SATISFYING THE STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS17-12 STATUTES OF REPOSE
CHAPTER 18:  PROPORTIONATE RESPONSIBILITY, CONTRIBUTION, AND INDEMNITYPROPORTIONATE RESPONSIBILITY18-1 SCOPE OF CHAPTER 33 18-2 DETERMINATION OF PERCENTAGE OF RESPONSIBILITY18-3 DETERMINING AMOUNT OF RECOVERY18-4 JOINT AND SEVERAL LIABILITY18-5 PROCEDURE FOR DESIGNATION OF RESPONSIBLE THIRD PARTIES18-6 CONTRIBUTION AND INDEMNITYSECTION IV: SPECIAL PLEADING ISSUES
CHAPTER 19 - TEXAS FACTUAL PLEADING STANDARDS19-1 NECESSITY OF PLEADINGS TO SUPPORT THE CHARGE19-2 TEXAS PATTERN JURY CHARGES AND OTHER SOURCES FOR THE CHARGE19-3 THE TEXAS “FAIR NOTICE” STANDARD FOR PLEADINGS19-4 COMPARING TEXAS AND FEDERAL PLEADING REQUIREMENTS19-5 ADDITIONAL PLEADING REQUIREMENTS FOR EQUITABLE REMEDIES CHAPTER 20: PLEADING TEXAS STATE COURT DISCOVERY LEVEL20-1 THE REQUIREMENT TO PLEAD DISCOVERY LEVEL20-2 CONSIDERATIONS BEFORE PLEADING LEVEL ONE20-3 CONSIDERATIONS BEFORE PLEADING LEVEL TWO20-4 CONSIDERATIONS BEFORE PLEADING LEVEL THREE20-5 RESPONDING TO PLEADING OF DISCOVERY LEVEL
CHAPTER 21:  PLEADING SUBJECT MATTER JURISDICTIONIN TEXAS STATE TRIAL COURTS21-1 THE SUBJECT MATTER JURISDICTION OF TEXAS TRIAL COURTS21-2 PLEADING AND DETERMINING AMOUNT IN CONTROVERSY21-3 SUBJECT MATTER JURISDICTION FOR COUNTER, CROSS, AND THIRD-PARTY CLAIMS21-4 CASE OR CONTROVERSY REQUIREMENT 21-5 ECCLESIASTICAL DISPUTES21-6 EXCLUSIVE JURISDICTION LYING WITH AGENCY21-7 EXCLUSIVE JURISDICTION IN FEDERAL COURT21-8 SOVEREIGN IMMUNITY 21-9 ATTACKING SUBJECT MATTER JURISDICTION CHAPTER 22: PLEADING TEXAS VENUE22-1 PRESUMPTIONS ACCORDED TO PLEADED VENUE FACTS22-2 OVERVIEW OF THE TEXAS VENUE SCHEME22-3 GENERAL VENUE OPTIONS22-4 MANDATORY VENUE OPTIONS22-5 PERMISSIVE VENUE OPTIONS22-6 DERIVATIVE VENUE OPTIONS22-7 PLEADINGS ATTACKING AND SUPPORTING VENUE
CHAPTER 23: PLEADING PARTIES AND METHODS OF SERVICE23-1 PLEADING REQUIREMENTS FOR PARTIES23-2 ADDRESSING THE MISPLEADING OF PARTIES23-3 PLEADING PERSONAL JURISDICTION OVER NON-RESIDENT  DEFENDANTS23-4 PLEADING METHOD OF SERVICE
CHAPTER 24: TEXAS PLEADING STANDARDS24-1 NECESSITY OF PLEADINGS TO SUPPORT THE CHARGE24-2 TEXAS PATTERN JURY CHARGES AND OTHER SOURCES FOR THE CHARGE24-3 THE TEXAS “FAIR NOTICE” STANDARD FOR PLEADINGS24-4 COMPARING TEXAS AND FEDERAL PLEADING REQUIREMENTS24-5 ADDITIONAL PLEADING REQUIREMENTS FOR EQUITABLE REMEDIES
CHAPTER 25: PLEADING CHOICE OF LAW25-1 GENERAL PRINCIPLES GOVERNING CHOICE OF LAW IN TEXAS25-2 ENFORCING A CHOICE OF LAW CLAUSE25-3 PLEADING AND PROVING CHOICE OF LAW
CHAPTER 26: PLEADING TO AVOID OR COMPEL ARBITRATION26-1 CHOICE OF ARBITRATION LAW26-2 COMPELLING ARBITRATION26-3 RESISTING ARBITRATION26-4 POST ARBITRATION PROCEEDINGS
CHAPTER 27: PLEADING TO RESIST OR ENFORCE A FORUM SELECTION CLAUSE27-1 ENFORCING A FORUM SELECTION CLAUSE27-2 RESISTING A FORUM SELECTION CLAUSE
CHAPTER 28: PLEADING REMOVAL AND REMAND28-1 REMOVAL GENERALLY28-2 REMOVAL ON FEDERAL QUESTION GROUNDS28-3 REMOVAL ON DIVERSITY OF CITIZENSHIP GROUNDS28-4 CASES MADE NON-REMOVABLE BY STATUTE28-5 REMOVAL PROCEDURE28-6 REMAND
CHAPTER 29: MOTIONS AND RESPONSES TO MOTIONS ATTACKING PLEADINGS29-1 MOTIONS TO DISMISS BASELESS CAUSES OF ACTION29-2 SPECIAL EXCEPTIONS29-3 PLEAS IN ABATEMENT
CHAPTER 30: AMENDMENT OF PLEADINGS30-1 DISTINGUISHING BETWEEN AMENDED AND SUPPLEMENTAL PLEADINGS30-2 EFFECT OF AMENDMENT ON SUPERSEDED PLEADINGS30-3 TIME LIMITS FOR AMENDMENT OF PLEADINGS30-4 MOTION FOR LEAVE TO AMEND PLEADINGS30-5 TRIAL AMENDMENT TO PLEADINGS30-6 TRIAL BY CONSENT30-7 POST-VERDICT AMENDMENT OF PLEADINGS
CHAPTER 31: MAKING AND SUPPORTING MOTIONS FOR AND RESPONSES TO MOTIONS FOR SUMMARY JUDGMENT31-1 THE TRADITIONAL MOTION FOR SUMMARY JUDGMENT31-2 THE NO-EVIDENCE MOTION FOR SUMMARY JUDGMENT31-3 SUMMARY JUDGMENT EVIDENCE
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Jim Wren has more than 30 years of trial experience and has joined Baylor Law School’s  full-time teaching faculty. He is boardcertified in Civil Trial Law and in Personal Injury Trial Law (by the TexasBoard of Legal Specialization), and in Civil Trial Advocacy and Civil PretrialPractice (by the National Board of Trial Advocacy). 

He has served as President of the National Board of Trial Advocacy (2009-2011), which is the ABA-accredited national certifying board for civil trial, criminal trial, and other legal specializations, and he is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocacy.  He is licensed for federal practice in the Western, Northern, Eastern and Southern Districts of Texas, and in the U.S.Court of Federal Claims. He continues to represent clients in in various other courts around the nation by special admission.

Professor Wren graduated with a J.D. cum laude from Baylor Law School in 1980. He added an M.A. in International Relations from the University of Kent at Canterbury in 1982. Prior to joining the Baylor Law School faculty, he served for many years as an adjunct professor teaching the Management of Complex Litigation course to third-year students. Jim currently serves as a tenured professor of law at Baylor teaching Practice Court, the civil procedure and advocacy program required for all third-year Baylor Law students. He was named as a Baylor University Outstanding Professor in 2012.

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