A divided Third Court of Appeals has tossed out a law professor’s claims against The University of Texas at Austin for injuries he said he suffered after he tripped over an extension cord that was strung across a walkway to provide lighting for a nearby tailgate party. At the time in November 2009, it was dark, and professor John “Jack” Sampson was walking to The University of Texas School of Law, where he works.

Although Sampson successfully defended against the university’s jurisdictional arguments in Travis County district court, the university has won the victory on appeal.

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