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Thomas v. Standard Casualty Co.

Court of Appeals of Texas, Second District, Fort Worth

December 14, 2017

KELLY THOMAS APPELLANT
v.
STANDARD CASUALTY COMPANY, MIKE MADDEN, PRESTIGE CLAIM SERVICE, MARK ANDERSON, AND SCOTT SCHMIDT APPELLEES

         FROM THE 431ST DISTRICT COURT OF DENTON COUNTY TRIAL COURT NO. 17-3697-431

          PANEL: GABRIEL, KERR, and PITTMAN, JJ.

          MEMORANDUM OPINION [1]

          LEE GABRIEL

         Appellant Kelly Thomas, who is proceeding pro se, invokes civil practices and remedies code section 171.098(a)(1) in an attempt to bring an interlocutory appeal from the trial court's order denying her "Motion to Compel Arbitration." See Tex. Civ. Prac. & Rem. Code Ann. § 171.098(a)(1) (West 2011). Under section 171.098(a)(1), we have jurisdiction to consider an appeal from a trial court's interlocutory order that denies an application to compel arbitration made under section 171.021. See id. Appellees Standard Casualty Company, Mike Madden, Prestige Claim Service, Mark Anderson, and Scott Schmidt filed a motion to dismiss on the ground that we lack jurisdiction over this appeal because, among other reasons, this appeal is not authorized under section 171.098(a)(1). We conclude that Thomas's motion to compel arbitration was not an application to compel arbitration made under section 171.021 and, consequently, that this appeal is not authorized under section 171.098(a)(1). We therefore grant Appellees' motion to dismiss, and we dismiss this appeal for want of subject-matter jurisdiction.

         I. BACKGROUND

         Thomas filed a pro se lawsuit against Appellees alleging claims for breach-of-contract, violations of chapters 541 and 542 of the insurance code, violations of the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act, and breach of the duty of good faith and fair dealing. She filed a motion to compel arbitration in which, broadly construed, she asked the trial court to compel Appellees to arbitrate her dispute with them pursuant to business and commerce code section 17.5051, civil practices and remedies code section 154.021, and insurance code section 541.161. See Tex. Bus. & Com. Code Ann. § 17.5051 (West 2011); Tex. Civ. Prac. & Rem. Code Ann. § 154.021 (West 2011); Tex. Ins. Code Ann. § 541.161 (West 2009). Following a hearing, the trial court denied Thomas's motion. Thomas now attempts an interlocutory appeal from that order.

         II. JURISDICTION

         Generally, appeals may not be taken from interlocutory orders unless authorized by statute. See Lehmann v. Har-Con Corp., 39 S.W.3d 191, 195, 200 (Tex. 2001). In her notice of appeal, the statute upon which Thomas relies as authorizing her appeal from the trial court's interlocutory order denying her motion to compel arbitration is civil practices and remedies code section 171.098(a)(1). That statute provides,

(a) A party may appeal a judgment or decree entered under this chapter or an order:
(1) denying an application to compel arbitration made under Section 171.021.

Tex. Civ. Prac. & Rem. Code Ann. § 171.098(a)(1). Section 171.021 provides, in pertinent part,

(a) A court shall order the parties to arbitrate on application of a party showing:
(1) an agreement to arbitrate; and
(2) the opposing party's refusal to ...

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