Dallas Court of Appeals, No. 05-21-00448-CV (January 5, 2023)
Justices Nowell, Smith, and Rosenberg (opinion available here)
On appeal, Orange Cup argued the trial court erred in disregarding the affidavits of one of its principals, Shanta Barua, regarding her understandings and beliefs regarding the insurance coverage purchased by Orange Cup. Barua had conducted all of the negotiations with the insurance company, and she stated in her affidavit that she “understood” and “was under the impression” that the policy would cover third-party claims against Orange Cup. She further stated the insurance company “deceive[d] me into believing that I obtained third party liability coverage for [Orange Cup].”
The Dallas Court of Appeals affirmed the trial court’s decision to disregard these statements because, without any explanation of how Barua was allegedly misled or how she came to her alleged understanding about the policy, her statements were “conclusions unsupported by any factual detail” and were not admissible. In the absence of any other evidence to support Orange Cup’s fraud and other extra-contractual claims, summary judgment was appropriate.