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.
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