Even An Unsigned Email Can Be A Legally Binding Contract

Law360, New York (August 7, 2017, 11:01 AM EDT) -- In a recent opinion, the Court of Appeals for the First District of Texas reversed a trial court and held that an email exchange constituted a signed legally enforceable contract.[1] The case involved a commercial dispute between the appellee, Prentis Tomlinson, the president and CEO of PetroGulf Ltd., and the appellant, John Khoury, an investor.

PetroGulf was formed in 2008 to trade fuel oil and crude oil from Iraq. In late 2008, the parties met, Tomlinson presented Khoury with a prospectus for the newly formed company and told Khoury that PetroGulf had entered into contracts for the purchase and export of...

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