Mcmahan's Flooring, Inc. v. Morrison, 02-21-00077-CV

CourtCourt of Appeals of Texas
Citation637 S.W.3d 224
Docket NumberNo. 02-21-00077-CV,02-21-00077-CV
Parties MCMAHAN'S FLOORING, INC., Appellant/Cross-Appellee v. Shelly MORRISON and Steve Howe, Appellees/Cross-Appellant
Decision Date24 November 2021

637 S.W.3d 224

MCMAHAN'S FLOORING, INC., Appellant/Cross-Appellee
Shelly MORRISON and Steve Howe, Appellees/Cross-Appellant

No. 02-21-00077-CV

Court of Appeals of Texas, Fort Worth.

Delivered: November 24, 2021

Antonio U. Allen, for Appellees.

Brett L. Myers, Craig A. Bernstein, Dallas, for Appellant.

Before Womack, Wallach, and Walker, JJ.

Opinion by Justice Wallach

637 S.W.3d 225

This is an interlocutory appeal from the granting in part and denying in part of a temporary injunction. See Tex. Civ. Prac. & Rem. Code Ann. § 51.014(a)(4). McMahan Flooring, Inc. (McMahan) challenges the trial court's denial of its requested injunctive relief on its claims for breach of noncompetition and nonsolicitation agreements. Morrison and Howe challenge the trial court's order granting injunctive relief to McMahan on its claims against Morrison and Howe for disclosure of trade secrets and breach of confidentiality. Because we hold that the temporary injunction order is void due to McMahan's failure to file a bond with the clerk for approval as required by Rule of Civil Procedure 684, we reverse the trial court's order granting the temporary injunction and remand the case to the trial court for further proceedings.

McMahan alleged it is in the business of selling flooring, countertops, blinds, window coverings, and other goods and services throughout Texas. McMahan sued Morrison and Howe, former employees, for breach of employment-related agreements regarding noncompetition and nonsolicitation, disclosure of trade secrets, and breach of confidentiality, among other allegations, and it sought temporary injunctive relief. After a hearing, on February 22, 2021, the trial court signed its Order Granting Application for Temporary Injunction. Relying on language from the written agreements between the parties, the court's order provided for a bond as follows: "It is further ORDERED that pursuant to Section 23 of the Morrison Agreement and Section 8 of the Howe Agreement, the bond is set in the amount of $0."1

On March 3, 2021, Morrison and Howe filed their Motion to...

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