Attys' Fees Needn't Be Bonded On Appeal: Texas High Court

Law360, Houston (May 17, 2013, 5:11 PM EDT) -- The Texas Supreme Court ruled Friday that a tort reform measure does not require attorneys' fees awarded at trial to be included in the cost of an appellate bond, settling a split among the state's intermediate appeals courts.

The high court rejected an argument by Porter Rogers Dahlman & Gordon PC that attorneys' fees paid by a party in civil litigation are compensatory damages within the meaning of Texas' supersedeas rules, which require the loser at trial to post a bond to suspend a judgment while...
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