Contract Law

Predatory Lending Practices by Bank of America Corp

The U.S. Supreme Court recently heard oral arguments in a case involving alleged predatory lending practices by the Bank of America and whether a municipality, the City of Miami, may file a suit for economic damages under the Fair Housing Act (FHA). The City alleges that the bank’s predatory lending practices disproportionately affected minority communities….

Koch v. Boxicon, LLC – Dallas Court of Appeals

Koch v. Boxicon, LLC Dallas Court of Appeals, No. 05-14-01424-CV (March 30, 2016) Justices Fillmore, Myers, and Whitehill While Koch was finishing chiropractic school, he met Lindemuth, Boxicon’s general manager—an encounter both now likely regret. After Lindemuth had personally advanced several thousand dollars for Koch’s mortgage and living expenses, a Boxicon affiliate leased Koch space…

Think Before Taking That Lawsuit to Court

Three Questions to Ask Yourself Before Heading to the Courtroom When people feel like they’ve been wronged by another party in some form or fashion, taking a lawsuit against that party to court tends to be one of—if not the first—options they entertain. Understandably, we can all fly off the handle to an extent after…

Texas Legislature Updates Exemptions on Personal Property

By Byron R. Berry On May 26, 2015, the Texas Legislature passed an amendment to the Texas Property Code that increases the amount of personal property that is exempt from garnishment, attachment, execution or other seizure. Previously set at $60,000 for a family, or $30,000 for an individual, the protection stopped debt collectors from seizing…

Why Does a Lawyer Cost So Much?

Why Does It Have to Cost? I know his brother, you think to yourself as you sit across from the lawyer, wondering why the retainer he just quoted you didn’t seem to include any discount. “And this retainer is no indicator of how much this may ultimately cost,” the lawyers says. What?!? MAY? ULTIMATELY? COST?…