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Judge Micaela Alvarez.

U.S. District Judge Micaela Alvarez of McAllen has hit a south Texas lawmaker with a $2.9 million legal malpractice judgment after determining the lawyer failed to disclose to a client that he had a corporate relationship with a state district judge who was presiding over their case.

Sergio Muñoz Jr., a Democratic state lawmaker from Palmview, was sued in federal court in 2014 by Law Funder, a New Jersey litigation funding company. Law Funder had previously hired Muñoz to represent them in a complicated divorce proceeding filed in Hidalgo County in which they claimed an interest in a Mexican law firm that was part of the case’s division of assets.

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John Council

Senior reporter John Council is a native Texan who covers litigation and appellate courts in his home state. Contact him at [email protected] On Twitter: @john_council

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