The elements of a negligent misrepresentation cause of action are:
1. the defendant made a representation to the plaintiff in the course of defendant's business or in a transaction in which the defendant had an interest;
2. the defendant supplied false information for the guidance of others;
3. the defendant did not exercise reasonable care or competence in obtaining or communicating the information;
4. the plaintiff justifiably relied on the representation; and
5. the defendant's negligent misrepresentation proximately caused the plaintiff's injury.
McCamish, Martin, Brown & Loeffler v. F.E. Appling Interests, 991 S.W.2d 787, 791 (Tex. 1999); Miller v. LandAmerica Lawyers Title of El Paso, 362 S.W.3d 842, 845 (Tex.App.-El Paso 2012, no pet.). The type of false information contemplated in a negligent misrepresentation case is a misstatement of existing fact, not a promise of future conduct. Allied Vista, Inc. v. Holt, 987 S.W.2d 138, 141 (Tex.App.-Houston [14th Dist.] 1999, pet. denied); Airborne Freight Corp., Inc. v. C.R. Lee Enterprises, Inc., 847 S.W.2d 289, 294 (Tex.App.-El Paso 1992, writ denied).
SOURCE: EL PASO COURT OF APPEALS - 08-11-00069-CV – 3/20/2013