876 F.2d 434 (5th Cir. 1989), 88-5527, Smith v. American Medical Systems, Inc.

Docket Nº:88-5527.
Citation:876 F.2d 434
Party Name:Andrew C. SMITH, Plaintiff, v. AMERICAN MEDICAL SYSTEMS, INC., Defendant-Appellee, v. HUMANA HOSPITAL CORPORATION, INC., Defendant-Appellant.
Case Date:June 28, 1989
Court:United States Courts of Appeals, Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
 
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876 F.2d 434 (5th Cir. 1989)

Andrew C. SMITH, Plaintiff,

v.

AMERICAN MEDICAL SYSTEMS, INC., Defendant-Appellee,

v.

HUMANA HOSPITAL CORPORATION, INC., Defendant-Appellant.

No. 88-5527.

United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit

June 28, 1989

Richard Francis, Jerry A. Gibson, and Plunkett, Gibson & Allen, San Antonio, Tex., for defendant-appellant.

John Milano, Jr. and Thornton, Summers, Biechlin, Dunham & Brown, San Antonio, Tex., for defendant-appellee.

Appeal from the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas.

Before WILLIAMS and GARWOOD, Circuit Judges, and POLOZOLA, [*] District Judge.

POLOZOLA, District Judge:

Humana Hospital Corporation, Inc. appeals a decision of the district court which denied its motion for indemnity for attorney's fees from American Medical Systems, Inc. following an out-of-court settlement between the plaintiff and American Medical Systems, Inc. on plaintiff's damage claim against American Medical Systems, Inc. and Humana Hospital Corporation, Inc.

It appears to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit that this case

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involves questions of Texas law for which we find neither a dispositive statutory provision nor controlling precedent in the decisions of the Supreme Court of Texas. The answer to the question posed will be determinative of the issue presented on this appeal. Therefore, in accordance with Art. 5 Sec. 3-c of the Texas Constitution and Texas Rule of Appellate Procedure 114, we certify to the Texas Supreme Court question of Texas law stated below.

CERTIFICATE FROM THE

UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS

FOR THE FIFTH CIRCUIT

TO THE SUPREME COURT OF TEXAS

TO THE HONORABLE,

THE SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF TEXAS, AND

THE HONORABLE, THE CHIEF JUSTICE

AND ASSOCIATE JUSTICES THEREOF:

1. STYLE OF CASE

Andrew Smith versus American Medical Systems, Inc. versus Humana Hospital Corporation, Inc., Docket Number 88-5527 on the docket of this Court and SA-84-837 on the docket of the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas, where this appeal originates.

2. STATEMENT OF THE FACTS

Andrew Smith filed this tort suit to recover damages arising from the rupture of a prosthetic penile device. Named as defendants in the suit were Humana Hospital and American Medical Systems. The device was...

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