Tyrone Hall, an inmate confined in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Institutional Division, sued Robert R. Treon, Bruce Zeller, Loyd Massey, James Jones, Kathryn A. Bell, Billie J. Reese, Ronald M. Bush, Patrick A. Dickens, Kevin Folson, Clarence L. Nelson, James Ludwig, Martin A. Williams, Cedric Lee, Robin L. Hughes, Kenneth P. Dunn, Cecile M. Price, Connie Folson, Kris Overstreet, Mark W. Tomblin, Roger Kunkle, and Richard McKee, all of whom were employees of the Department. Hall alleged the defendants violated his constitutional rights under color of law on various occasions between February 12, 1998, and December 9, 1998. Halls petition included allegations of verbal and physical mistreatment, failure to supervise guards, interference with his legal research, insufficient medical treatment, fear of prison violence, and nepotism. Hall sought actual and exemplary damages and injunctive relief. All of the defendants filed a motion to dismiss Halls petition for failure to comply with the requirements of Chapter 14 of the Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code. The trial court dismissed the suit.