ATTORNEY FEES UNDER THE UDJA
A declaration under the UDJA is appropriate “to settle and afford relief from uncertainty and
insecurity with respect to rights, status, and other legal relations.” TEX. CIV. PRAC. & REM. CODE
ANN. § 37.002(b). Under the UDJA, the court “may award . . . reasonable and necessary attorneys’
fees as are equitable and just.” TEX. CIV. PRAC. & REM. CODE ANN. § 37.009.
CASES INVOLVING FEE CLAIMS AND AWARD UNDER THE UDJA
DIATOM DRILLING CO., ET AL. v. YORKSHIRE INSURANCE CO., LTD., ET AL.; from Hutchinson County;
7th district (07‑05‑00386‑CV, ___ SW3d ___, 08‑17‑07)(coverage, declaratory judgment, attorney’s fees)
Appellants, Yorkshire Insurance Co., Ltd., and Ocean Marine Insurance Co., Ltd. (collectively, "Insurers"),
appeal a summary judgment granted in favor of appellees, Diatom Drilling Co. (Diatom) and Employer's
Contractor Services, Inc. (ECS), in Insurers' action for declaratory relief or reformation and the award of
attorney's fees to Diatom and ECS. We reverse and render judgment in favor of Insurers. We reverse and
remand the award of attorney's fees and costs.
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