Return of Service

The court of appeals has issued a short memorandum opinion in a restricted appeal following the trial court’s entry of a default judgment.  Tejas Asset Holdings filed suit against a predecessor company of JPMorgan Chase, seeking a declaration that Chase’s deed of trust lien was invalid because it allegedly did not have Tejas’ original promissory note.  Tejas attempted to serve Chase’s registered agent by certified mail, but neither the citation nor the proof of service were actually included in the clerk’s record, and the certified mail receipt was not sufficient to demonstrate service had actually occurred.  Since the record did not show that any proper return of service was on file with the clerk at least ten days before the default judgment was entered, the court reversed the default and remanded the case for further proceedings.

JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. v. Tejas Asset Holdings, L.L.C., No. 05-11-00962

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