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Court Affirms Sanctions Order Against Fiduciary Due To Discovery Abuses

In Eng v. Kolbe, a mother sued her daughter for abusing a power of attorney document. No. 03-15-00409-CV, 2017 Tex. App. LEXIS 2680 (Tex. App.—Austin March 30, 2017). The daughter was assisting her aging parents with their...more

Court Holds That Members of LLC May Owe Each Other Fiduciary Duties

In B Choice v. Epicentre Development Associates, the federal district court affirmed a magistrate’s recommendations concerning whether members of an LLC owe fiduciary duties to each other in Texas. No. H-14-2096, 2017 U.S....more

Court Enforces Release Agreement Between Trustees/Executors and A Beneficiary

In Harrison v. Harrison Interests, a beneficiary of an estate and multiple trusts had a dispute with the executors and trustees. No. 14-15-00348-CV, 2017 Tex. App. LEXIS 1677 (Tex. App.—Houston [14th Dist.] February 28, 2017,...more

Court Denied Motion To Stay Enforcement of A Turnover Order Against Fiduciary

In In the Estate of Gary, a trial court granted a motion to remove an administrator and later granted a turn over order regarding same. No. 07-16-00421-CV, 2017 Tex. App. LEXIS 1991 (Tex. App.—Amarillo March 8, 2017, no pet....more

Court Held That Company’s Employee Did Not Owe Fiduciary Duty To Vendor

In E-Learning LLC v. AT&T Corp., the plaintiff provided computer software services to the defendant. No. 04-16-00291-CV, 2017 Tex. App. LEXIS 1726 (Tex. App.—San Antonio 2017, no pet. history). Beginning in 2010, the parties...more

Duty to Diversify – Texas Bankers Association’s Real Estate, Oil and Gas Conference

David F. Johnson, lead writer for the Texas Fiduciary Litigator blog, presented “Asset Concentrations and the Duty to Diversify” to the Texas Bankers Association’s Real Estate, Oil and Gas Conference, in San Antonio on March...more

Asset Concentrations And The Duty To Diversify

David F. Johnson, lead writer for the Texas Fiduciary Litigator blog, presented “Asset Concentrations and the Duty to Diversify” to the Texas Bankers Association’s Real Estate, Oil and Gas Conference, in San Antonio on March...more

Texas Supreme Court Addresses The Causation Requirement For A Breach Of Fiduciary Duty Claim And Conspiracy, Aiding And Abetting...

In First United Pentecostal Church of Beaumont v. Parker, a church hired an attorney to defend it against sexual abuse allegations. 2017 Tex. LEXIS 295 (Tex. March 17, 2017). During the same time, the church also engaged the...more

Court Finds Manufacturer/Distributor Relationship Does Not Create An Informal Fiduciary Relationship

In Samsung Electronics America v. Chung, Samsung Electronics America, Inc. (“Samsung”) filed suit against All Pro Distributing, Inc. (“All Pro”) and certain former employees alleging claims for breach of fiduciary duty and...more

Court Finds That There Is A Fact Issue On Whether Corporate Shareholder And Officer Breached Fiduciary Duties To Creditors

In Tow v. Wellington Yu, a bankruptcy trustee sued a corporation’s shareholder and officer for breaching fiduciary duties by entering into a settlement agreement that required the sale of real estate where the defendant would...more

Courts Hold That Multiple Probate Court Orders Were Not Appealable

In The Management Trust of Norsworthy, the court reviewed a trustee’s accountings and petition for approval to enter into an agreement with the beneficiary’s wife to make regular distributions to her for certain recurring...more

Please Release Me, Let Me Go: Court Affirms The Appointment Of A Receiver Over Ray Price’s Assets Pending A Contest

In In re Estate of Price, Ray Price, a renowned country music singer and songwriter, died in 2013 and was survived by his wife and his biological son. No. 06-16-00062-CV, 2017 Tex. App. LEXIS 1265 (Tex. App.—Texarkana...more

Court Holds That A One-Line Will Should Have Been Admitted To Probate

In In the Estate of Setser, the decedent signed a 1993 will naming his daughter as the sole beneficiary. No. 01-15-00855-CV, 2017 Tex. App. LEXIS 937 (Tex. App.—Houston [1st Dist.] February 2, 2017, no pet. history). Later,...more

Court Affirmed Dismissal Of Breach Of Fiduciary Duty Claims Against Condo Board Members

In Brown v. Hensley, a condominium complex was damaged by a hurricane, and the board of the complex allowed the complex to be demolished. No. 14-14-00981-CV, 2017 Tex. App. LEXIS 727 (Tex. App.—Houston [14th Dist.] January...more

Court Dismisses Claims Against Investment Firm For Lack Of Personal Jurisdiction

In Happy vs. Tanner, Tanner sued Retire Happy for breach of fiduciary duty, negligent misrepresentation, fraud, conversion, negligence, promissory estoppel, quantum meruit, and violation of the Texas Securities Act arising...more

Court Holds That Will Created Void Alienation On Restraint

In Knopf v. Gray, a decedent died in 1993, and her will was admitted to probate the same year. No. 10-15-00273-CV, 2017 Tex. App. LEXIS 191 (Tex. App.—Waco January 11, 2017, no pet. history). ...more

Texas Supreme Court Accepts A Case Dealing With A No-Contest Clause

In Ard v. Hudson, a beneficiary sued testamentary trustees and executors for breach of fiduciary duty and also sought an accounting, temporary injunctive relief, and a receiver. No. 02-13-00198-CV, 2015 Tex. App. LEXIS 8727...more

Court Affirms Denial Of Statutory Bill Of Review From A Trust Contest

In In re Estate of Kam, Kam sought to set aside an order probating her brother’s will via a statutory bill of review because he purportedly lacked the requisite testamentary capacity to execute the will or the will was the...more

1/19/2017  /  Burden of Proof , Evidence , Probate , Wills

Tips For Managing The In-House And Outside Counsel Relationship

David F. Johnson, lead writer for the Texas Fiduciary Litigator blog, presented, “Tips for Managing the In-House and Outside Counsel Relationship” to the Tarrant County Bar Association’s Corporate Counsel Section. David...more

Court Refuses To Enforce Arbitration Clause Due To Lack Of Mental Capacity

In Oak Crest Manor Nursing Home, LLC v. Barba, a plaintiff sued a nursing home for negligently allowing a patient with mental disorders to leave the facility and jump from a bridge in an attempt to commit suicide. No....more

Court Affirms Ruling That Adopted Adult Children Were Beneficiaries Of A Trust

In Andresakis v. Modisett, the trustors signed trust agreements in 1976 and 1981, and each agreement created three trusts, one for their daughter, one for their son, and a third trust for their only grandchild, Andresakis....more

1/9/2017  /  Appeals , Beneficiaries , Minors , Trusts , Vesting

Court Affirms Summary Judgment Holding Insurance Agent Owed No Fiduciary Duties To Insured

In Brown v. Carrell, homeowners filed suit against their insurance agent over damages to their home from Hurricane Ike. No. 09-15-00016-CV, 2016 Tex. App. LEXIS 13782 (Tex. App.—Beaumont December 29, 2016, no pet. history)....more

The Texas Supreme Court Will Review A Breach Of Fiduciary Duty Claim Against Directors For Allegedly Usurping A Corporate...

The Texas Supreme Court granted the petition for review in Longview Energy Co. v. The Huff Energy Fund, 482 S.W.3d 184 (Tex. App.—San Antonio 2015, pet granted). In this case, the plaintiff asserted a breach of fiduciary duty...more

Texas Supreme Court Will Determine Whether Texas Recognizes A Tortious Interference With Inheritance Claim

Today, the Texas Supreme Court granted a petition for review in Jackson Walker, LLPO v. Kinsel, No. 07-13-00130-CV, 2015 Tex. App. LEXIS 3586 (Tex. App.—Amarillo April 10, 2015, pet. granted). The Court’s staff attorney...more

Court of Appeals Granted Mandamus Relief To Transfer Venue To County Where A Trust Was Administered

In In re Green, a beneficiary filed suit against a trustee for breach of fiduciary duty and misappropriation of corporate funds. No. 08-16-00233-CV, 2016 Tex. App. LEXIS 12830 (Tex. App.—El Paso December 2, 2016, original...more

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