Gonzalez v. McAllen Medical Center, Inc – Case Brief Summary (Texas)

In Gonzalez v. McAllen Medical Center, Inc., 195 S.W.3d 680, 681 (Tex. 2006) the Texas Supreme Court held that an intermediate appellate opinion did not comply with this rule when it "concluded summarily: 'Considering the record in its entirety, we hold that appellants' factual sufficiency challenge fails because the jury's verdict was not against the great weight of the evidence. We overrule appellants' first six issues.'"

The Court explained that although detailed evidentiary recitations are unnecessary, "merely stating" that a factual sufficiency challenge is overruled "does not count as providing the 'basic reasons' for that decision."

Instead, "a memorandum opinion generally should focus on the basic reasons why the law applied to the facts leads to the court's decision."

The Texas Supreme Court reversed and remanded the court of appeals' judgment.