In Hyduke’s Valley Motors v. Lobel Financial Corp., 2010 DJDAR 16183 (2010), the court of appeal for the fourth district reiterated a fundamental prerequisite for a party seeking attorney fees under the reciprocity provision of Civil Code 1717.
Under CC § 1717 in any action or a contract which provides for a fee award to one party, Section 1717 makes the clause reciprocal as a matter of law. However, in order to be eligible, the litigant must be a party to the contract or an intended beneficiary of the agreement.
Hyduke’s Valley Motors (Hyduke’s) appealed from a post-judgment order denying its motion for attorney fees against Lobel Financial Corp. (Lobel).
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