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Kao Holdings, L.P. v. Young
Texas Supreme Court
261 S.W.3d 60 (2008)
Annie Young (plaintiff) sued Kao Holdings, L.P. (defendant), a Texas limited partnership, for damages sustained when she fell in the laundry room and injured her hip in the Sebring Apartments, which were owned by Kao Holdings. Young’s complaint only listed Kao Holdings, but she served the complaint on Kao Holdings by personally serving the general partner, William Kao (defendant). Kao Holdings did not answer. Young filed for a motion for default judgment, stating that Kao was personally served and requesting relief as provided in her complaint. After a hearing, the court entered judgment against Kao Holdings and Kao for $2.5 million. Kao Holdings appealed. The court of appeals affirmed the liability portion of the judgment, finding that judgment against Kao individually was proper because he was the general partner for Kao Holdings and was personally served with the complaint. The court of appeals reversed the damages, holding the award unliquidated because Young had not provided evidence in support of the damages, and remanded the case for further proceedings. Kao appealed to the Texas Supreme Court, arguing that the judgment against him personally was improper because he was not a named defendant and was not served as a party.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Hecht, J.)
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