Texas Panel Revives Allegation Atty Botched Deepwater Claim

Law360 (September 24, 2020, 10:01 PM EDT) -- A Texas appellate panel ruled Thursday that malpractice claims against a Beaumont, Texas, attorney and his firm were thrown out prematurely because the two had not proved a client fired them before their alleged botching of the man's Deepwater Horizon economic loss claim.

The Ninth Court of Appeals reversed a trial court's summary judgment in favor of Brent W. Coon and his firm, Brent Coon & Associates, finding that they had not proved Nicholas Marteny fired them from pursuing compensation from BP for losing his job as a merchant mariner following the Deepwater Horizon disaster.

The panel said that an employee...

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