Preston Law Firm, L.L.C. v. Mariner Health Care Mgmt. Co., No. 09-31016 - U.S. Fifth Circuit
U.S. Fifth Circuit - The FindLaw 5th Circuit Court of Appeals Opinion Summaries Blog

Preston Law Firm, L.L.C. v. Mariner Health Care Mgmt. Co., No. 09-31016

Action for Nonpayment of Legal Fees

In Preston Law Firm, L.L.C. v. Mariner Health Care Mgmt. Co., No. 09-31016, an action by a law firm against a client for nonpayment of legal fees, the court vacated judgment for plaintiff where a valid compromise was formed through email communications, and the terms of the compromise clearly and explicitly provided for a permanent discount.

As the court wrote:  "This appeal arises from a dispute between Mariner Health Care (Mariner) and the Preston Law Firm (the Law Firm) over legal fees.   Because a valid compromise was formed through email communications, and because the terms of the compromise clearly and explicitly provided for a permanent discount, we vacate and remand for entry of judgment in favor of Mariner."

Related Resources