There’s been a spate of recent opinions involving enforcements of settlement agreements.  Byron reported on a couple of opinions earlier this week.  Today I report on Green v. Midland Mortgage Co. decided by the Fourteenth Court of Appeals in Houston.  There are four points in this opinion worthy of note:

  • First, in an action to enforce a settlement agreement, you’ve got to have pleadings and proof.  [That seems obvious enough]
  • Second, the court holds that parties can create an enforceable settlement agreement via e-mail exchanges [One of the many advances of modern technology]
  • Third, a motion for summary judgment can be presented orally or by written submission, but if it is presented orally, no oral testimony may be adduced
  • Finally, there is a difference between an agreed judgment or consent judgment and a settlement agreement.  A court cannot render an agreed judgment absent consent at the time it is rendered.

The court’s opinion may be found here.