In Ortega v. Young Again Products, the plaintiff sued a judgment creditor and its counsel, claiming that they took assets that belonged to him rather than the judgment debtor. No. 12-20592 (Nov. 27, 2013, unpublished). The Fifth Circuit recognized that Texas extends qualified immunity to claims by a third-party against an attorney for conduct requiring the “office, professional training, skill, and authority of an attorney.” The focus is on the type of conduct, not its merit. Accordingly, removal of the case was proper because the attorney was fraudulently joined, and dismissal for various reasons was affirmed.
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