Wednesday, July 13, 2005

settlements - authority of counsel

In a recent case, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court held that an attorney must have express authority to bind a client to a settlement agreement, because "parties settling legal disputes forfeit substantial legal rights, and such rights should only be forfeited knowingly."

Reutzel v. Douglas, 870 A2d 787 (March 29, 2005) - Cappy concurring - Eakin concurring

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