Case of the Day: House v. S.P. Richards Corp.

The case of the day is House v. S.P. Richardson Corp. (S.D. Tex. 2014). Karl House was a truck driver. He delivered a container to S.P. Richards, and when he arrived to make the delivery, he unsealed the container and opened its doors. He claimed that when he opened the doors, a file cabinet fell out of the container and struck him.

House sued S.P. Richards in the Texas state court. S.P. Richards removed the case to the federal court, and House then added Empren S. de R.L. de C.V. and EDN Mexico, S. de R.L. ce C.V. as defendants; these two Mexican entities’ role in the case is not clear in the opinion. House sent the summons and complaint to the Mexican defendants by mail, and without a Spanish translation. The Mexican defendants moved to dismiss for insufficient service of process.

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