Special Exceptions v. Summary Judgment

The opinion in a premises liability case has rejected a novel attempt to defeat summary judgment by invoking the special exceptions process. The plaintiff, a mother whose minor son was injured after tripping on an escalator at Amazing Jakes, argued that summary judgment should not be based on a pleading deficiency that could be cured by amendment, and that the proper procedure for doing so was to file special exceptions. The Court of Appeals disagreed, holding that Amazing Jakes had moved for traditional and no evidence summary judgment based on the facts, not on the basis that the plaintiff had failed to state a cause of action or any other pleading deficiency. The Court noted that a pleading deficiency would not be a proper basis for summary judgment unless the trial court has first given the plaintiff an opportunity to amend the pleading, except when the defect is of the type that could not be cured by amendment.

Williams v. Adventure Holdings LLC, No. 05-12-01610-CV