responsible third party

The Houston (First) Court of Appeals recently held that section 33.004(e) of the Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code does revive claims against defendants whose liability is solely vicarious.

Section 33.004(e) allows plaintiffs to join as defendants those designated as responsible third parties notwithstanding the applicable statute of limitations.  Plaintiffs in this case filed suit against Wells Fargo

I’ve wanted to write something about Boenig v. Starnair, Inc. since I first read it because I believe the analysis is incorrect. 

This case involves the intersection of the responsible third party statute and a statute of repose.

Boenig sued contractor Pulte in November 2005 for injuries she allegedly sustained when she fell through the attic floor of a home Pulte built.  On July 19, 2007, Pulte filed a motion for leave to designate Starnair as a responsible third party.  Starnair was a subcontractor that performed the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning installation in the home.  On August 23, 2007, Boenig filed her fourth amended petition in which she joined Starnair as a defendant.

Starnair moved for summary judgment in reliance upon the ten-year statute of repose set out in Civil Practice and Remedies Code Section 16.009.  The trial court granted the motion and Boenig appealed.Continue Reading Responsible Third Party Statute and Statutes of Repose