Texas Wrong Venue For Navy SEAL's Fee Suit, Calif. Atty Says

Law360 (November 7, 2019, 10:50 PM EST) -- A California attorney asked a Texas federal court to toss a malpractice suit accusing him of jacking up his defense fees for a Navy SEAL acquitted of murder, arguing that the court doesn’t have the authority to rule on the claims.

Phillip Stackhouse told the court in a Wednesday brief that he doesn’t have enough ties to Texas for the court to rule on Edward R. Gallagher’s suit over the enforceability of a contract for legal representation, a contract that Stackhouse said doesn't involve him but rather another of Gallagher’s attorneys.

The proper venue for the suit is California, where Stackhouse lives and...

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