How Email Transactions Could Become a Binding Real Estate Contract

Copano Energy’s representative exchanged emails with the attorney of several landowners to discuss the sale of a second easement. When Copano refused to honor the terms agreed to via email, the landowners sued for breach of contract. Copano argued the emails did not satisfy the statute of frauds, while the Texas Court of Appeals disagreed. Two questions remained from the case: whether the Copano representative meant to sign the emails and whether the two parties agreed to conduct the transactions electronically. The Texas Supreme Court has entertained oral arguments in the case. Read the details of this case to find out why these emails could be read together to satisfy the statute of frauds and what steps you need to take before signing emails detailing proposed transactions.