Prairie View A&M University of Texas v. Mitchell
Texas Court of Appeals
27 S.W.3d 323 (2000)
Mitchell (plaintiff) graduated from Prairie View A&M University (defendant) in 1981 with a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering. From 1981 until 1993, Mitchell worked as a civil engineer for two different companies. In 1993, Mitchell accepted a position with Bechtel Corporation to work as a senior engineer. Bechtel Corporation contacted the university to verify Mitchell’s degree. The university notified Bechtel that Mitchell did not complete the degree coursework, which caused Mitchell to take a leave of absence without pay. Mitchell filed a lawsuit against the university alleging that the university was negligent in its use of computers and record-keeping devices, which caused the university to convey inaccurate information to Mitchell’s employer. The university asserted that it was immune from suit based on sovereign immunity because Mitchell’s claim did not fall within the immunity waiver of the Texas Tort Claims Act. The trial court ruled that the university was not immune, and the university appealed.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Mirabal, J.)
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