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Can Emails Establish an Easement in Texas?

By on January 27, 2018 in Contracts, Energy, Oil & Gas

Charles Sartain, in a discussion involving a Texas case concerning a disagreement over the negotiation of the payment for a pipeline easement, addresses the issue of whether emails can create a contract.

Writing in the Gray Reed & McGraw Energy & the Law blog, Sartain outlines the facts in Bujnoch v. Copano. In an early email exchange, the pipeline company set the price at $70 per foot, with both sides apparently agreeing. But when the property owner receives the paperwork, the price is listed at $25.

Sartain addresses the questions of: Could the emails be read together to make a written contract? Did the emails omit essential terms? Was the description of the easement sufficient? Did “futuristic” language contemplate an agreement to be executed in the future? And, Did the parties agree to transact business electronically?

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