Why Your Secretary Is Really Worth a Million Dollars: Exploring the Harsh Penalty for Not Proofreading Your Fee Agreements in Anglo-Dutch Petroleum v. Greenberg Peden

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Why Your Secretary Is Really Worth a Million Dollars: Exploring the Harsh Penalty for Not Proofreading Your Fee Agreements in Anglo-Dutch Petroleum v. Greenberg Peden

Description

This Article examines the Texas Supreme Court’s decision in Anglo-Dutch Petroleum International, Inc. v. Greenberg Peden, P.C. Next, this Article discusses the decision in light of other cases dealing with attorney–client contract issues. Then, an explanation of why the court’s decision is inconsistent with other opinions is provided. This Article next analyzes the long-term effects of the Anglo-Dutch decision and the lessons to be learned from the case about drafting contracts and lawyers’ obligations to inform clients of material terms. Finally, this Article suggests that the court’s decision decreases the legal protection extended to lawyers and holds them closer to a strict-scrutiny standard regarding candor, while encouraging predatory conduct by clients.

Creator

James M. “Jamie” Parker, Jr. and J.K. Leonard

Publisher

St. Mary's Journal on Legal Malpractice and Ethics, St. Mary's University School of Law

Date

2012

Contributor

St. Mary's University School of Law

Rights

Copyright to authors James M. Parker, Jr. and J.K. Leonard

Relation

St. Mary's Journal on Legal Malpractice and Ethics

Format

RFC3778

Language

English, en-US

Type

Text

Identifier

STMU_StMarysJLegalMalpracticeAndEthics_v02i1p0104_Parker_Final.pdf

Files

STMU_StMarysJLegalMalpracticeAndEthics_v02i1p0104_Parker_Final.pdf

Citation

James M. “Jamie” Parker, Jr. and J.K. Leonard, “Why Your Secretary Is Really Worth a Million Dollars: Exploring the Harsh Penalty for Not Proofreading Your Fee Agreements in Anglo-Dutch Petroleum v. Greenberg Peden,” St. Mary's Law Digital Repository, accessed June 25, 2017, http://lawspace.stmarytx.edu/item/STMU_StMarysJLegalMalpracticeAndEthics_v02i1p0104_Parker_Final.pdf.

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