Texas Court Restores $2.8M Punitives In Law Partner Dispute

Law360, Dallas (January 5, 2015, 7:08 PM EST) -- A Texas appellate court has reinstated a $2.8 million punitive damages award in a dispute between two former law partners, holding that one lawyer had structured an entity with the intent to deprive his partner of money owed to the partnership.

The Second Court of Appeals also forwarded its ruling to the Texas State Bar’s chief disciplinary counsel, saying in its Dec. 29 opinion the case raised “troubling ethical concerns.” Several pages of the opinion detail a laundry list of state disciplinary rules that may have been violated, including fraud, dishonesty and the possibility a lawyer had helped his client engage...

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