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Texas Appeals Court Applies Broad Reading to Electronic Signature Law and Holds an Email “From” Line Satisfies Signature Requirement

13 July 2017
Mayer Brown Legal Update
In a recent opinion, the Court of Appeals for the First District of Texas reversed a trial court and held that an email exchange constituted a signed and legally enforceable contract. The court held that the email name or address in the “from” field functions as a signature and that the email in question constituted a contract satisfying the statute of frauds. The court’s broad view of electronic signatures is consistent with the intent of the state’s Uniform Electronic Transactions Act, which provides for an expansive definition of what constitutes an electronic signature.

Authors

  • Daniel P. Whitmore
    T +1 312 701 7134
  • Kristin M. Rylko
    T +1 312 701 7613
  • Kevin C. McDonald
    T +1 312 701 7154
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