Judge Enforces Settlement Agreement Based on Counsel’s E-mail Acceptance

Counsel for American Airlines emailed a settlement offer to the counsel of a passenger suing for injuries allegedly sustained on an AA flight. The plaintiff’s counsel responded with approval of the settlement, then, less than a month later, attempted to reverse their approval. AA filed a motion to Enforce Settlement Agreement. The judge in the case agreed with AA, although all terms of the settlement had not been discussed a yes by the plaintiff’s counsel bound the plaintiff to the agreement. The case offers a lesson to all counsel that a quick “yes” may create a binding contract. Read the details here.