Justia Legal Ethics Opinion SummariesArticles Posted in Texas Supreme Court
Ford Motor Co. v. Garcia
This case involved a dispute over fees awarded to an ad litem appointed in connection with the proposed division of a personal injury settlement between an incapacitated plaintiff and his guardian. The court-appointed attorney requested fees on an unsworn invoice that specified numerous tasks performed, but did not specify when they were performed, who performed them, or the amount of time spent. The court held that the evidence was legally insufficient to support the full amount awarded to the guardian ad litem (GAL) as compensation, although it was sufficient to show that he necessarily spent some amount of time fulfilling his role as GAL. The court reversed the judgment of the court of appeals and remanded the case to the trial court for further proceedings. View "Ford Motor Co. v. Garcia" on Justia Law
FDIC v. Lenk
In this suit for an alleged breach of a deposit agreement, the court reviewed the court of appeals' judgment in favor of an estate administrator, as well as the estate administrator's cross-petition concerning attorney's fees. When a party failed to preserve error in the trial court or waived an argument on appeal, an appellate court could not consider the unpreserved or waived issue. Because many of the arguments raised by the parties invoked issues of error preservation or waiver, the court declined to grant either party the relief it sought. View "FDIC v. Lenk" on Justia Law
Minton v. Gunn, et al.
This case arose out of patent infringement litigation. At issue was whether federal courts possess exclusive subject matter jurisdiction over state-based legal malpractice claims that require the application of patent law. The federal patent issue presented here was necessary, disputed, and substantial within the context of the overlying state legal malpractice lawsuit. Additionally, the patent issue could be determined without creating a jurisdictional imbalance between state and federal courts. Therefore, the court concluded that exclusive federal jurisdiction existed in this case. Accordingly, without reaching the merits of the legal malpractice claim, the court reversed the court of appeals' judgment and dismissed this case. View "Minton v. Gunn, et al." on Justia Law