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Court Holds That A Bank’s Employees Cannot Conspire To Breach Fiduciary Duties And That The Bank Did Not Owe Fiduciary Duties To A Depositor

In Herring v. Am. Paper & Janitorial Prods., the plaintiff was a subcontractor who provided janitorial services for a bank and was also a depositor of the bank. No. H-17-3474, 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 215765 (S.D. Tex. December 24, 2018). After the plaintiff’s representatives were found stealing food after a party, the plaintiff’s contract was… Continue Reading

Webinar – Remedies For a Breach of Fiduciary Duty Claim in Texas (Feb. 27 at 10:00 am CST)

  David F. Johnson will discuss the potential remedies that plaintiffs can obtain for breach of fiduciary duty claims with an emphasis on trust disputes, and will cover: 1) pretrial remedies of temporary injunctive relief, receiverships, and audits; 2) legal remedies of damages, attorney’s fees, pre-judgment interest; 3) equitable remedies of fee forfeiture, profit and… Continue Reading

Federal Courts Hold That Lenders Do Not Generally Owe Fiduciary Duties To Borrowers

In Hagood v. Countrywide Home Loans, Inc., a borrower sued a lender for several claims, including breach of fiduciary duties. No. A-17-CA-00784-SS, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 165943 (W. D. Tex. October 6, 2017). The defendant filed a motion to dismiss for failure to state a claim, and the district court granted same: Without providing details,… Continue Reading

Court Affirms Order Requiring Partition of Property Where Fiduciary’s Homestead Argument Failed

In Byrom v. Penn, Byrom was appointed executor of his mother’s estate, and he was later removed as executor for breach of fiduciary duty by using estate funds to build a house for himself. No. 12-15-00033-CV, 2016 Tex. App. LEXIS 7680 (Tex. App.—Tyler July 20, 2016, no pet. history).  The court imposed a constructive trust… Continue Reading

Use of Company Policies To Establish The Violation of A Fiduciary Duty

A.  Introduction Plaintiffs often seek discovery on a financial institution’s policies and procedures with an eye towards using that evidence against the institution. If a financial institution’s representative or representatives did not live up to the policies and procedures, a plaintiff may argue that the institution did not live up to its fiduciary duty or… Continue Reading

Court Dismisses Fiduciary Claim Between Mortgagor and Mortgagee

In Fornesa v. HSBC Bank USA, N.A., plaintiff sought a damage award against a defendant mortgagor for compensatory and punitive damages, based on alleged predatory lending practices. 2016 Bankr. LEXIS 2011 (S.D. Tex. May 13, 2016). Plaintiff asserted that the defendant breached fiduciary duties in refinancing one or more notes executed by the plaintiff. Plaintiff… Continue Reading

Court Affirmed Finding Of No Fiduciary Duty Because No Joint Venture Existed

n Stutz Rd. Ltd. P’ship v. Weekley Homes, L.P., plaintiffs sued a defendant for breach of fiduciary duty based on duties owed pursuant to an alleged joint venture. No. 05-12-01752-CV, 2015 Tex. App. LEXIS 11440 (Tex. App.—Dallas November 4, 2015, no pet. history). The trial court granted the defendant a no-evidence motion for summary judgment, holding… Continue Reading

Court Affirmed Trial Court’s Finding That A Girlfriend Did Not Owe Fiduciary Duties To A Husband In the Context Of An Extramarital Affair

In Markl v. Leake, a husband started a long-time extramarital relationship with his girlfriend in 2004. No. 05-15-00455-CV, 2015 Tex. App. LEXIS 11261 (Tex. App.—Dallas November 2, 2015, no pet. history). The husband gave her money, placed her on the payroll of his business, provided her a credit card, and maintained her vehicle and real… Continue Reading
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