Texas Court Nixes $13.5M Contingency Fee For Atty

Law360, New York (April 5, 2011, 10:29 PM EDT) -- A Texas appeals court ruled Tuesday that an attorney awarded $13.5 million by a trial court was not entitled to the money because his contingency fee contract with his clients was unambiguous — if they won nothing, he got nothing.

The Fourteenth Court of Appeals in Houston, Texas, reversed a trial court's ruling that Ed D. Lieck was owed $13.5 million plus interest and costs from U.S. Denro Steels Inc. and SAW Pipes USA Inc. for representing the companies in a contract dispute.

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