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Click here for the full text of this decision FACTS:Jesus Valdez sued Salvador Oropeza for $4,950 after Oropeza sold Valdez’s car without his consent. Valdez filed his suit in small claims court and won. Oropeza appealed the judgment to a county court at law. In a new trial, the county court at law ruled in Valdez’s favor in the amount of $5,600. An initial appeal to this court was turned back in 2001. Oropeza then filed for a permanent injunction and declaratory judgment in a Bexar County district court. Oropeza claimed the county court at law’s judgment was void because it awarded monetary relief in excess of the jurisdictional limit of the small claims court. The district court dismissed Oropeza’s action, saying the county court at law judgment was not void. HOLDING:Affirmed. The court agrees that a judgment may be void, and set aside, when an entering court lacked jurisdiction. However, the court points out that under Government Code ��28.052 and 28.053, the appellate jurisdiction of county courts at law depends on the jurisdiction of small claims courts. “Here, Valdez’s original petition sought $4,950 in damages from Oropeza, an amount within the jurisdictional limits of the small claims court. At no time did Valdez amend his petition to recover more than this amount. The small claims court therefore had jurisdiction over this case. Because the small claims court had jurisdiction, the county court at law acquired appellate jurisdiction over Oropeza’s appeal.” OPINION:Stone, J.; Stone, Green and Duncan, JJ.

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