Interlocutory judgement handed down by Judge Mike Engelhart of 151st Judicial District of Harris County last week leaves feuding parties in the “Otu-Umuokpu Anambra USA Association Inc. versus Carol Agu et al” in a seemingly no-victor-no-vanquish positions for now pending a final ruling.
According to court documents retrieved from the office of the District Clerk of Harris County (CAUSE NO. 201951430), the Plaintiffs are incorporated as a nonprofit entity named Otu-Umuokpu Anambra, USA Association, Inc. whereas the defendants are listed as one Carol Agu, Ebele Onwugaje, Otu-Umuokpu Anambra USA, Association Sugarland Branch Texas, Otu Umuokpu Anambra Inc. International, Sugarland and other unnamed stakeholders who may be acting on their behalf or as associates.
Prior to the partial verdict, a non-jury trial had commenced on August 3, 2021 and concluded with a closing arguments on August 12, 2021 to iron out allegations of Breach of contract, fraud, Conversion, threat of imminent harm and continue use of plaintiff’s name and likeness made against the defendant.
“This is a partial judgment. The Court must still consider any additional trademark issues or Texas state law issues or law or fact within its jurisdiction as it indicated it would do prior to the commencement of the non-jury trial.”
Though the court favors the Defendants on all of Plaintiff’s affirmative claims, it emphatically noted, “This is a partial judgment. The Court must still consider any additional trademark issues or Texas state law issues or law or fact within its jurisdiction as it indicated it would do prior to the commencement of the non-jury trial.”
Interlocutory judgement is a non-final decision made by a court between the time of filing and before there is a final judgment made. Interlocutory decrees are not final judgments because they do not settle all of the issues presented in the case. Also, they are only challengeable on appeal once there is a final judgment in the case because only the final judgment in a lawsuit can be appealed.
For complete information about this case, please contact the Office of Harris County District Clerk – Marilyn Burgess (Ref: CAUSE NO. 201951430).