Sitting for the court: Justice Paul W. Green, Justice Nathan L. Hecht, Chief Justice Wallace B. Jefferson, Justice Phil Johnson, Justice David Medina, Justice Dale Wainwright, Justice Don R. Willett, Justice Harriet O'Neill
In re Satterfield & Pontikes Construction Inc.
from Duval County and the Fourth District Court of Appeals, San Antonio
For relator: Nicholas A. Parma, San Antonio
For real party in interest: Craig T. Enoch, Austin
The principal issue is whether the trial court erred (a) when it severed all subcontractors from a school district's lawsuit against Satterfield, the prime contractor, even though the court previously permitted Satterfield to amend the suit to add the subcontractors, or (b) when the court refused to consolidate Satterfield's suits against the subcontractors, or (c) both. In this case Satterfield claimed its subcontractors did all construction on a high school and moved to add them to the suit alleging construction defects. The trial court granted the motion without notice to either party. Then Satterfield sued the subcontractors in a separate action and tried to consolidate those suits with the district's. The trial court denied the motion. When Satterfield learned the court granted its earlier motion to file a third-party petition against the subcontractors, Satterfield amended and served them. The trial court denied the district's motion to strike the subcontractors from the suit, but severed them on its own motion. The court of appeals denied mandamus relief. As in the Scoggins case, an important issue is whether Satterfield has an adequate remedy by appeal if the trial court clearly abused its discretion.
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