is Texas one of the states/ jurisdictions as described in the article below?
and what is a jurisdiction?
Unbeknownst to many lawyers, at least twelve jurisdictions —
including New York and California — have statutes on the books that
single out lawyers who engage in deceit or collusion. In nearly all of these
jurisdictions, a lawyer found to have engaged in deceit or collusion faces
criminal penalties and/or civil liability
in the form of treble damages.
Until recently, these attorney deceit statutes have languished in obscurity
and, through a series of restrictive readings of the statutory language,
have been rendered somewhat irrelevant. However, in 2009, the New York
Court of Appeals breathed new life into New York’s attorney deceit statute
through its decision in Amalfitano v. Rosenberg. This Article discusses
the extent to which, in this age of widespread distrust of the legal
profession, this type of external regulation of the legal profession is a
desirable approach. The Article concludes that although the utility of
existing attorney deceit statues is undermined by the broadness of the
language, the symbolism of the statutes is important. By relying on the
development of tort
law to address the same subject matter, courts can
achieve the same educational and symbolic goals while dealing with
attorney deceit on a more practical basis.