Monday, August 31, 2009
Elements of fraud in Texas law, common-law fraud cause of action
BRIEF CITE ON THE ELEMENTS OF FRAUD AS A COMMON-LAW CLAIM
In order to prove fraud, a plaintiff must show that (1) the defendant made a material representation that was false, (2) the defendant knew the representation was false or made it recklessly as a positive assertion without any knowledge of its truth, (3) the defendant intended to induce the plaintiff to act upon the representation, and (4) the plaintiff actually and justifiably relied on the representation, which caused the injury. Ernst & Young, L.L.P. v. Pac. Mut. Life Ins. Co., 51 S.W.3d 573, 577 (Tex. 2001).
SOURCE: Wood v. Texas Chiropractic College (Tex.App.- Houston [1st Dist.] July 24, 2008) (Jennings) (suit by student against private educational institution, DTPA claim, misrepresentation, summary judgment affirmed, no showing of reliance)
ELEMENTS OF FRAUD - CASE LAW SNIP (IMAGE)