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Click here for the full text of this decision FACTS:At issue in this case is the meaning of “home address” under Texas Rule of Civil Procedure 742a, governing service of citation by delivery to premises. For service to be appropriate under this rule, the plaintiff must list in the complaint “all home and work addresses of the defendant which are known to the [plaintiff].” The court decides whether service is proper under this rule if the plaintiff knows the defendant is being treated at an out-of-town hospital yet does not list this hospital as an address in its complaint. HOLDING:The court finds no support in the record for the appellant’s assertion that the trial court struck his DTPA and intentional-infliction-of-emotional distress claims during the pretrial conference, and so overrules his first issue complaining of error arising from this alleged action. The court sustains the appellant’s second issue to the extent that it challenges the trial court’s directed verdict as to his wrongful eviction claim, and the court overrules the remainder of his second issue. The court reverses the trial court’s judgment to the extent that it granted a directed verdict as to Thomas’s wrongful eviction claim, and remands for a new trial on this claim in accordance with this opinion. The court affirms the remainder of the trial court’s judgment. “Home address” obviously includes one’s primary and usual residence, but, notably, Texas Rule of Civil Procedure 742a expressly contemplates that a defendant subject to service under its terms may have more than one “home address.” Although “home address” is not a defined term in the Texas Rules of Civil Procedure, “home” is defined in a recognized dictionary as “a private dwelling: HOUSE . . . an establishment taking the place of a home C see NURSING HOME, TOURIST HOME.” Webster’s Third New International Dictionary 1082 (1993 ed.). The court finds no cases construing the term “home address” in the context of Rule 742a, but other cases construing similar terms in other statutes support the conclusion that this term could encompass the hospital where the appellant was being treated. The court finds that the appellant had a home address at the VA Hospital in Waco when the forcible-detainer complaint was signed and filed. Under the unambiguous language of Rule 742a, the court concludes that, if the appellee knew the appellant was being treated at the VA Hospital in Waco at the time it instituted suit, then service under Rule 742a was not proper in this case because the appellant did not list this address in its complaint. Although there may be a policy in favor of prompt service and disposition of forcible-detainer actions, it is reasonable to require a plaintiff relying on Rule 742a to obtain service of citation to disclose to the justice court that it knows a defendant is currently living somewhere other than on the leased premises before that plaintiff can obtain constructive service by delivery to the leased premises. The court sustains the appellant’s second issue to the extent that it challenges the trial court’s directed verdict as to his wrongful-eviction claim. OPINION:Kem Thompson Frost, J.; Edelman, Frost and Guzman, JJ.

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