Clients will have a harder time collecting mental anguish damages against their lawyers thanks to a March 25 Texas Supreme Court ruling.

Tackling an undecided issue in Texas law, the court held in Douglas v. Delp that “when a plaintiff’s mental anguish is a consequence of economic losses caused by an attorney’s negligence, the plaintiff may not recover damages for that mental anguish.” The opinion was written by Justice Deborah G. Hankinson for a unanimous court.