Texas Causes of Action & Affirmative Defenses

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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

One-satisfaction rule

The one-satisfaction rule prohibits a plaintiff from recovering twice for a single injury. Crown Life Ins. Co. v. Casteel, 22 S.W.3d 378, 390 (Tex. 2000); Vanasek v. Underkofler, 50 S.W.3d 1, 10 (Tex. App.-Dallas 1999), rev'd on other grounds, 53 S.W.3d 343 (Tex. 2001). The rule applies when several defendants commit the same act, as well as when defendants commit technically differing acts that result in a single injury. Casteel, 22 S.W.3d at 390; Vanasek, 50 S.W.3d at 10. The fact that more than one defendant may have caused the injury or that there may be more than one theory of liability does not modify this rule. Sterling, 822 S.W.2d at 8; see Galle, Inc. v. Pool, 262 S.W.3d 564, 573-74 (Tex. App.-Austin 2008, pet. denied). Whether the rule applies is determined not by the cause of action, but by the injury. See Sterling, 822 S.W.2d at 7-8. SOURCE: 05-08-00916-CV (Dallas Court of Dallas) (3/10/10)

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