Bulk Of $4M Fen-Phen Referral Fee Award Upheld On Appeal

Law360, Houston (February 27, 2014, 6:43 PM EST) -- A Texas appeals court on Thursday upheld the majority of a $4 million judgment in favor of a lawyer who referred fen-phen cases to former law firm Fleming & Associates LLP, saying the firm levied expense deductions not authorized by the parties’ fee agreement.

The Fourteenth District Court of Appeals ruled that Fleming can’t escape a $2.6 million jury verdict and $500,000 in prejudgment interest awarded against it for allegedly making improper deductions from referral fees paid to attorney Daniel Barton, but that Texas partnership law...
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