Western Rock Co. v. Davis case brief summary
432 S.W.2d 555 (1968)
Appellants, corporation and its
directors, complained of the action of the District Court of Jack
County (Texas), overruling separate pleas of privilege filed by each
appellant to be sued in Dallas County on a complaint filed in Jack
County by appellee property owners, who sought damages sustained to
their respective homes and business properties because of alleged
negligent blasting operations conducted in a rock quarry near
CASE FACTS Appellee property owners brought an
action in a Jack County trial court for damages sustained to their
homes and business properties because of alleged negligent blasting
operations conducted in a rock quarry near Jacksboro by appellants,
corporation and its directors. Appellants entered separate pleas of
privilege to be sued in Dallas County. The trial court overruled the
pleas of privilege.
On appeal, the court affirmed.
of action against appellant directors was based upon ample proof that
they were the dominating force behind appellant corporation, a shell
corporation, which had no assets and was in financial difficulty.
corporation served as a device through which they could carry on
destructive blasting activities at the expense of the property owners
of Jacksboro and at the same time be personally insulated from legal
and financial responsibility.
All of the venue facts were supported
by ample evidence.
The evidence was adequate to support the judgment
of the court that appellant directors were legally responsible,
individually and jointly, for negligent conduct that was a proximate cause of damages sustained in Jack County.
The court affirmed the judgment overruling separate pleas of
privilege filed by appellants, corporation and its directors, to be
sued in Dallas County on a complaint filed in Jack County by appellee
property owners for damages sustained to their properties because of
alleged negligent blasting operations because there was in the record
ample evidence to support the judgment of the court. Recommended Supplements for Corporations and Business Associations Law
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