Who Is Liable for Attorney's Fees Under Texas Civil Practice & Remedies Code Section 38.001 in Breach of Contract Litigation?

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Gregory S. Crespi

Southern Methodist University - Dedman School of Law

Date Written: 2012

Abstract

This article examines the question of who qualifies as an "individual" or "corporation" who may be held liable for attorney's fees in a breach of contract action pursuant to section 38.001 of the Texas Civil Practice & Remedies Code. After a discussion of the relevant legislative commentary regarding section 38.001, the author reviews a series of cases in which courts have applied the “individual or corporation” clause to governmental entities, partnerships, limited liability companies, and private associations and assesses whether the courts have correctly interpreted the statute as to the classes of defendants that it covers. The article concludes with suggestions for how the Texas Supreme Court might clarify the scope of application of section 38.001, as well as some possible amendments to the statute that the Texas legislature could enact to make its intended scope clearer.

Keywords: Texas Civil Practice & Remedies Code Section 38.001, attorney’s fees, breach of contract litigation, contract law

Suggested Citation

Crespi, Gregory S., Who Is Liable for Attorney's Fees Under Texas Civil Practice & Remedies Code Section 38.001 in Breach of Contract Litigation? (2012). Southern Methodist University Law Review, Vol. 65, No. 1, 2012, SMU Dedman School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 319, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2842822

Gregory S. Crespi (Contact Author)

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Dallas, TX 75275
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