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Laredo National Bank v. Gordon

United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
61 F.2d 906 (1932)


Gordon (plaintiff), an attorney, previously represented Laredo National Bank (Laredo) (defendant) in a prior action. The prior case was subject to extended settlement negotiations. At one point before the prior case was settled, Laredo sent Gordon a telegram, requesting the amount of his minimum fees, in the event of a resolution to the matter. Gordon responded that his fee would be $12,500. He received no response from Laredo regarding this fee. Gordon continued to represent Laredo, and the case settled. Only then did Laredo notify Gordon that $12,500 was an unreasonable fee that would not be paid. Gordon sued to recover the $12,500 fee. At trial, Laredo argued that it was not obligated to pay the fee, because it never agreed to the offer. The trial court directed a verdict in Gordon’s favor, and Laredo appealed.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (Bryan, J.)

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