Insurer Pays Only for Counsel It Selects, 5th Circuit Rules

, Texas Lawyer


In an Oct. 15 unpublished opinion, a three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a trial court ruling that upheld an insurance company's right to select defense counsel to represent Houston-based Coats Rose Yale Ryman & Lee in a legal malpractice suit. The insurer does not need to reimburse Coats Rose for the legal fees it paid to counsel the firm selected, the appeals court affirmed.

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