Shortage of doctors to deliver the kids of our future? In a recent article written by Dr. Richard E. Anderson of The Doctors Company, studies show that doctors who perform childbirth duties are becoming progressively scarce.
Questionable, and often unscrupulous, new crops of lenders are popping up every day with innovative schemes to profit off other peoples’ pain.
It's a shame we still see individuals attempt to take advantage of others when they are most vulnerable, as in the wake of an accident or following the death of a loved one.
Politically, California and Texas are worlds apart, yet they share the common goals of robust job creation, a vibrant economy and high quality of life. The realities of these two states, however, are remarkably different.
Those differences are at the core of the recent face-off between the two states’ governors in the media. Gov. Rick Perry and his California counterpart, Gov. Jerry Brown, have chided, chuckled and sparred over Perry’s recent efforts to lure more California businesses to Texas. But the real issues cannot be glossed over with cutting humor.
Need money fast? Here's some news: Traditional loan sharks and pawnbrokers aren't the only groups looking to lure cash-strapped citizens into a loan with an unconscionable repayment agreement. If you are a plaintiff in a lawsuit, perform an Internet search and you'll find no shortage of lawsuit lenders willing to give you “quick and easy” cash within 24 to 48 hours.
We’re sorry Danny Stewart was involved in a car accident in Beaumont three years ago, but we don’t see why we should have to pay for it – more than we’ve already paid, that is.
We’re so blessed in Texas to have a strong economy and to live where employers bring opportunities. Our economy supports businesses that provide jobs for Texas families. But when the Legislature convenes in 2013, it will hinge on a slew of new state lawmakers — many most likely conservative — who might not be steeped in the history of what we’ve accomplished in this state on a key issue that has helped us create jobs and increase access to health care: lawsuit reform.
The Austin premiere of InJustice the Film is set for Tuesday, Oct. 9, at Alamo Drafthouse Village, 2700 W. Anderson Lane. InJustice Director Brian Kelly will be on hand to introduce the film. Seating is limited and reservations are required for this free event. Doors open 6:15 p.m., food and drinks will be available for purchase. The program begins at 6:30 pm.
AUSTIN,TX –Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse (CALA) will launch an Internet campaign this week to commemorate the nationally-celebrated “Lawsuit Abuse Awareness Week” (LAAW), typically a time to educate citizens that when it comes to lawsuit abuse, we all pay and we all lose, according to CALA.
Politically, California and Texas are worlds apart. Despite their blue state, red state ideological differences, the residents within those states share the common goals of robust job creation and a vibrant economy. The stories of these two states, however, are remarkably different.
In an increasingly divided electorate, it’s rare to find issues that bridge the partisan divide. So, it might come as a surprise to know that in a recent national survey by the American Tort Reform Association and the Sick of Lawsuits campaign, an overwhelming majority (89 percent) of Americans agree that lawsuit abuse is a problem.
The concern over lawsuit abuse cuts across partisan lines. And, as the November election approaches, nearly three-quarters of the survey’s respondents said they are more likely to support a candidate who favors reforms to reduce abusive lawsuits.
Re: July 17 Gov. Rick Perry commentary, "Tort reform has had just the impact we desired."
On May 29, many voters likely breathed a sigh of relief thinking the political calls, mail and TV advertisements for the primary were finally at an end. But, it’s not over ’til it’s over, and we have one more round of elections before the general in November.
AUSTIN, TX- Texas employers, many of them small businesses, say that the state’s lawsuit reforms are good for the economy, allowing them to focus on building their business, according to a new, statewide survey of Texas Association of Business (TAB) members.
Re: June 21 article, "Study: Tort reform amendment hasn't delivered reduced expenses."
Here we go again: yet another narrowly defined study of the impact of tort reform on health care costs and physicians in Texas. Such studies fail to show the positive and wide-ranging impact of tort reform in Texas.
At Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse, our hope is that our courts will be used for justice, not greed, and that those who are truly injured don't have to wait in line behind frivolous, abusive cases before receiving their day in court.
Re: April 25 editorial, "Back restrictions on payday lenders."
Not so long ago, the Texas court system was drowning in asbestos personal injury lawsuits, seriously threatening access to our courts, harming our business climate and posing a real obstacle for those who were truly harmed by asbestos and deserved their day in court.
No matter when we turn on our televisions, we always seem to see the same monotonous commercials featuring some personal injury lawyers promising thousands of dollars in damages to victims of an accident.
You may be busy checking that Christmas list, but a local coalition says if you’re hosting a holiday party, you might want to take an even closer look at another checklist.
An opinion piece issued by Alex Winslow of Texas Watch entitled "Spin-doctoring by doctors" (Dec. 1) is making its way around the state. The op/ed makes the absurd and easily refutable claim that "growth in (the number of Texas) physicians tracks population increases."
As the state's leading voice of citizens and businesses that support lawsuit reform, Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse of Central Texas appreciates the focus on a critical issue hitting the pocketbooks of small businesses and large city governments alike. As taxpayers, our hope is that the avenue of legal recourse is used wisely, allowing those truly injured to be appropriately compensated while avoiding frivolous lawsuits that clog our courts and cost businesses and consumers in direct and indirect ways. We understand that claims against the city are inevitable but join with the Statesman in urging city leaders to look at ways to improve this process. Further, we urge a greater accounting and reporting of where these funds are actually spent so that taxpayers know how much is going to victims, as well as the personal injury lawyers who represent them.
You could almost set your watch to the intervals when people who oppose smart, common-sense legal reforms release "reports" that rely on doctored data to back up their narrow view that legal reforms have been bad for health care in Texas. But the benefits of civil justice reform are undeniable.Click here to read more
CORPUS CHRISTI — Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee gave the keynote address at last month's Bay Area Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse luncheon.
Linda McKenna is absolutely right (“Perry bid elevates lawsuit reform,” Commentary, Sept.15), and we in Louisiana present a stark comparison to our neighbors to the west.
It's the stuff of myth and legend, but in the case of Texas, it's all very real.
Texas leaders’ continued commitment to improving the state’s legal environment is a big part of why the Texas economy is doing better than other states. Senator John Cornyn and the head of the Dallas Federal Bank have both recently cited legal reforms as the driving force behind the Texas job machine and our economy’s continued strength. In addition to economic benefits, legal reforms help to ensure that local courts are used for justice, not greed.
Texas' loser-pays bill would be a windfall for job creationTexas has tipped the scales of Lady Justice in favor of common sense with its new "loser pays" legislation.
The Texas business climate is heralded nationally as among the best, and the influx of new and relocated business headquarters moving into Texas is positive proof that we’re doing something right.
Our quality legal system and common sense legal reforms are a major contributor to our economic success in Texas. And we appreciate that Texas lawmakers remain committed to keeping Texas at the forefront of the effort to ensure local courts are used for justice, not greed.
In an emergency session on Saturday, the Texas House of Representatives passed a "loser pays" bill that could change who pays legal fees in certain civil lawsuits.
Testimony of Bobby Jenkins Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse of Central Texas
State Rep. Connie Scott, R-Corpus Christi, will preside over a trio charged with researching the very legislation she filed.
Austin, TX – Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse (CALA) groups from across Texas joined Governor Perry, lawmakers and several Texas employers today to mark “Reform Works Day” at the Capitol. The group urged lawmakers to protect legal reforms that have helped millions of Texans and to ward off relentless efforts to undermine reform or create new ways to sue. Legal reforms are widely credited with creating and retaining jobs, allowing small employers to flourish, dramatically improving access to health care -- especially in underserved areas of the state.
As U.S. District Judge Janis Graham Jack plans her impending retirement in June 2011, local and national tort reform groups praise the impact she had behind the bench during her 17 year career as a federal judge.
One of Texas' most proactive tort reform groups will honor former U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales during its 5th annual fundraiser.
Hoping to raise funds and awareness on the continued importance of tort reform, Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse of Central Texas will host the fundraising reception in Austin on Thursday, Oct. 28.
Texas legal watchdog groups have launched a new voter education web page and are urging voters to find out where candidates stand on lawsuit reform. Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse chapters around the state launched the campaign on Monday as part of Lawsuit Abuse Awareness Week, Oct. 4-8.
CALA leaders say it is critical to protect the lawsuit reforms that have brought common sense and balance to the civil justice system in a state once known as a lawsuit abuse haven.
Tort reform advocates are attempting to capitalize on a big-giving trial lawyer's political generosity by touting the results of a poll that shows strong bipartisan support for restrictions on lawsuits and an equal amount of disdain for candidates who take campaign cash from personal injury attorneys.
It's still poisonous in Texas politics to be painted with the trial lawyer brush, according to a poll done for Texans Against Lawsuit Abuse, a tort reform group.
The Institute for Legal Reform just released a new study that shows the very real concerns facing small business owners across the country. The results of the bipartisan poll were troubling – 78% of the small business owners polled said that “the U.S. economy will either remain stagnant or get worse over the next year.” Additionally, two-thirds of the respondents said that “the government is doing too much that is better left to businesses and individuals.”
For the first time in more than a decade, trial lawyers – a key source of campaign cash for Democrats – are betting big on the party's candidate for governor.
The judiciary is an often overlooked and seldom understood branch of government. It is a branch of government, though, that has significant influence over our daily lives. Judges make decisions every day that affect our health care, community safety, and our economy.
Sadly most people ignore the judicial branch of government. Judicial races often do not enjoy the same level of interest as other races, but certainly the outcomes of these races have as much, if not more, impact on our daily lives.
The aptly surnamed Arlen Specter is trying once again to bestow a generous tax break on the plaintiff's attorneys who comprise a significant portion of his and his fellow Democrats' contributor base.
The efforts of the shifty U.S. senator from Pennsylvania are opposed, once again, by Rep. Lamar Smith, Texas' stalwart representative from San Antonio.
But the opposition of Smith and like-minded colleagues must be strengthened if, as rumored, the Obama Administration decides to bypass Congress and use the Treasury Department to grease the "rich lawyer" tax break instead.
Tort reform groups fear the Obama Administration and U.S. Department of Treasury are sidestepping Congress to give trial lawyers hearty tax breaks that will ultimately hurt the economy while benefitting the Democratic Party's donor base.
As reported by Legal Newsline, the American Association for Justice, the nation's leading coalition of trial lawyers, revealed Tuesday that it expects the Treasury Department to soon grant attorneys a tax break on contingency fee lawsuits, possibly lowering the cost of bringing litigation as much as 40 percent according to some critics.
Regarding Bill McClellan's column "Another indictment of class-action suits" (June 23): Here we go again with another settlement that proves class-action lawsuits no longer benefit the people for whom they were created.
A friend observed recently that my neighbor sure knew how to suck the fun right out of a Slip 'N Slide as she yelled at her kids: "GET IN THE SHADE! MOVE OUT OF THE WAY! NOT TOO FAST!"
So much for fun in the sun! Sadly, my neighbor isn't alone in her tendency to drain the joy out of increasingly few opportunities for innocent childhood fun.
If one so-called watchdog group has its way, the trinkets in McDonald's famed Happy Meals will join an ever-growing list of childhood pleasures that have gone the way of the dodo bird, forced into near extinction by lawsuits.
Local doctors and a statewide watchdog group on Tuesday decried a decision this year by the Illinois Supreme Court that threw out caps on damages in medical malpractice cases.
Because of the decision, they say, doctors will leave Illinois.
Illinois Lawsuit Abuse Watch and the doctors gathered at the Illinois Eye Center to urge voters to read up on the court's February decision and keep that in mind when they go to the polls this fall. One of the justices who sided with the majority is Thomas Kilbride, who is up for retention this fall.
"It takes time to explain pros and cons. Doctors like
to check a box that orders a CT scan and go on to
the next patient," said Dr. Jeffrey Kline, an
emergency physician at Carolinas Medical Center in
Patients' demands drive overtesting, too. Many think
every ache and pain deserves a high-tech test.
In a legal career spanning nearly four decades, attorney Mark P. Robinson Jr. has won multimillion-dollar verdicts against carmakers Ford, General Motors, Nissan and Hyundai.
Now, the Newport Beach lawyer has been tapped to play a big role in the massive legal battle involving Toyota Motor Corp., which faces potentially billions of dollars of liability from lawsuits involving the alleged sudden unintended acceleration of its vehicles.
In the weeks since the tragic explosion at an offshore oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico, the nation has grieved with the families of the 11 workers lost and watched with baited breath to see what kind of impact coastal residents and businesses will experience if the oil spill reaches the shoreline.
Already, the families of the lost have been forever changed and in all likelihood, many whose livelihoods depend on the sea life and tourism around the Gulf waters will be affected as well.
What we don’t know is what exactly happened to cause the explosion or what parties are responsible. We don’t know who along the Gulf Coast will be impacted by the spill.
Ambulance chasing is booming in parts of Texas, undermining not only our system of justice but our sense of justice, as injured people are subjected to questionable and insensitive tactics at one of the most vulnerable times in their lives. Now, Texas lawmakers have a chance to further protect Texans from this predatory practice.
Should we allow "no proof" lawsuits in Texas? If a handful of aggressive personal injury lawyers get their way, we will have just that and employers large and small could be sued without proof that they caused an injury.
The change, which would apply to asbestos lawsuits, flies in the face of common sense and reason.
It's hard to believe that the now-infamous "hot coffee" lawsuit against McDonald's happened 16 years ago.
Yet that case's multi-million dollar settlement apparently left a lasting impression - and planted an idea - with a New York woman now suing Starbucks over a cup of hot tea that allegedly caused her "great physical pain and mental anguish."
Any woman celebrating Mother's Day understands that, along with the joys of motherhood, sleep deprivation can make you a little foggy.
Your car keys seem to be consistently lost. Sometimes your socks don't match. Sometimes the baby's socks don't match.
While you may lose some of your edge as a new mom, your brain doesn't dissolve completely.
Although a pair of "anti-tort reform" bills recently died in a state House committee, legal watchdog groups from across the Lone Star State are prepared to "stand strong" and fight future bills engineered to unravel tort reform laws.
United States Congressman Lamar Smith Addresses Supporters of Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse of Central Texas
This morning the Central Texas Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse (“CALA”) hosted an informative breakfast exchange with Congressman Lamar Smith (R-21). More than 50 community supporters attended the event at El Arroyo in Austin, Texas.
Smith, one of the top most influential people in Washington and the ranking Republican member of the Judiciary Committee, addressed several issues including the recent health care legislation. Smith noted that the national bill did not include any of the legal reforms that have been critical to increasing the number of doctors practicing in rural and underserved areas as specialists in Texas.
Our friends at Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse (CALA), (whose mission is to advocate for a fair and just legal system, they have campaigned for an end to abusive and frivolous litigation that hurts our economy, increases costs and delays justice for those with legitimate claims.)
LEGAL WATCHDOG URGES COMMITTEE TO RECOGNIZE â€œPAID VS. INCURREDâ€ PROPOSAL AS PERSONAL INJURY LAWYER SCAM
Austin, TX – Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse (CALA) today urged the Texas House Committee on Judiciary and Civil Jurisprudence to recognize the “paid vs. incurred” proposal as nothing more than a personal injury lawyer windfall that will increase costs for all Texans. The Committee is considering the issue as part of its interim charges.
“During the 80th Legislature, personal injury lawyers pushed a proposal that would allow them to recover damages for expenses that never happened,” said Bob Parker, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Bay Area Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse. “The bill had no logical or legal justification. It was and is a sham and a shame.”
WESLACO, March 18 - The late Bill Summers will be honored with a plaque unveiled at the international bridge in Nuevo Progreso on Sunday as part of the city’s Dia Del Turista celebrations. Summers led the Rio Grande Valley Partnership, the Valley's regional chamber of commerce, for more than two decades before succumbing to cancer late last year. One of his top priorities was to foster better relations between Texas and Mexico and he was often referred to as the state’s unofficial ambassador to Mexico.
WESLACO, March 18 - The late Bill Summers will be honored with a plaque unveiled at the international bridge in Nuevo Progreso on Sunday as part of the city’s Dia Del Turista celebrations.
Summers led the Rio Grande Valley Partnership, the Valley's regional chamber of commerce, for more than two decades before succumbing to cancer late last year. One of his top priorities was to foster better relations between Texas and Mexico and he was often referred to as the state’s unofficial ambassador to Mexico.
Tragedy can bring out the best in people who rally resources to help those in need. The outpouring of global support following the earthquake devastation in Haiti is a good example. Unfortunately, tragedy can also elicit greed, opportunism and an ugly underbelly of our society. The speed with which some personal injury lawyers started trolling for business in the aftermath of the tragic deaths associated with the Toyota recall is a cringe-worthy example.
CORPUS CHRISTI — Business astuteness, risk-taking initiative, vision and innovation, inspiring leadership and civic responsibility are synonymous with Corpus Christi Business Hall of Fame laureates. This year, Junior Achievement recognizes five individuals, including two couples, who exemplify these qualities.
Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse, a nonprofit legal watchdog group, recently elected new officers for its board of directors. Roger Borgelt, a partner at Potts & Reilly LLP, was named chairman. Cliff Collier, dealer manager with Howdy Honda, was named vice chairman. Darryl Jordan, vice president of risk management and chief risk officer of Seton Family of Hospitals, was named secretary/treasurer. Newly joining the board is Will C. Jones IV, principal of the Jones Law Firm.
If personal injury lawyers and their advocates in Texas have their way, employers and consumers here may lose their ability to seek alternatives to costly and time-consuming litigation.
Right now, lawmakers are studying the use of arbitration clauses in Texas contracts and how they affect the ability of consumers and employers to resolve their disputes.
The Rio Grande Valley lost its biggest advocate Monday.
Bill Summers, who spent two decades promoting this area as president of the Rio Grande Valley Partnership, a regional Chamber of Commerce, died Monday after battling lung cancer this year. He was 71.
Some Texas physicians joined a local watchdog group in highlighting the positive impact of recent medical liability reforms as part of Lawsuit Abuse Awareness Week Oct. 5-9.
Diane Davis of East Texans Against Lawsuit Abuse spoke to the Kilgore Rotary Club on Wednesday, telling Rotarians that because of the support of people like them the number of frivolous lawsuits in Texas has decreased significantly.
American Tort Reform Association (ATRA)
Though common-sense Americans repeatedly raised the issue of tort reform while discussing health care legislation with members of Congress during town hall meetings this past summer, too many lawmakers and analysts still stubbornly insist that medical liability lawsuits do not contribute significantly to rising health care costs. These lawmakers and analysts are wrong.
Your recent article on barratry, or ambulance chasing, underscores why legislators should crack down on the practice. Lawyers who commit barratry exploit victims when they are at their most vulnerable. This is why Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse groups launched a statewide campaign to educate Texans on how to recognize ambulance chasing, how to report it and also to urge lawmakers to bolster the penalties against anyone engaged in this illegal solicitation.
A recent Wall Street Journal piece poked fun at an Oklahoma attorney who sent out an alert warning his fellow plaintiff attorneys to file their lawsuits quickly – before newly passed tort reforms limiting awards and discouraging baseless lawsuits go into affect. Unlike in California, the legislatures in Okalahoma and its neighboring state, Texas, have taken action to nix the frivolous lawsuits that cost businesses and the government a small fortune to fight, which only serve to make a handful of attorneys rich.
Bobby Jenkins, president of ABC Home & Commercial Services, worries about the threat of lawsuit abuse on his company and the people that work for him. But since civil justice reforms in the state of Texas, Jenkins, whose company serves Austin, Dallas, Houston, San Antonio and Bryan/College Station, says he feels more comfortable.
Bobby Jenkins, Austin
Amy Arrant, MD, Austin
A pro-tort reform group is having a fundraiser in late October that will feature Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst and a Republican state legislator who used to be a Democrat and now appears to be one of the opposing party's top targets on the Texas House battlefield in 2010. "Funds raised for CALA at this event allow us to continue to implement activities such as those aimed at highlighting lingering abusive legal practices in Texas and their impact on all of us; illustrating how Texans have benefited from a predictable civil justice system; promoting the importance of voting for judges who interpret and not make the law; and encouraging jury service," Stephanie Gibson, CALA's exeuctive director, said of the upcoming Austin reception.
Yes. More than 800 doctors have come to practice in Bexar County since reforms were passed in 2003. This has created opportunities for 1.3 million more patient visits per year with a direct economic impact of $204 million in our community.
Just as politics can sometimes make strange bedfellows, apparently so can barratry.
Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse of Central Texas has a funny new ad linking the trial bar to rising health insurance premiums. You can watch it at The Spot - a political ad blog by TNSMI/CMAG, which called the ad one of 2009’s best.
Ads promoting tort reform have added a new angle to healthcare reform advertising and have even trickled down to the state level.
There's an old joke about the boy who goes to the doctor and uses his index finger to point all over his body, explaining, "It hurts here, here, here and here." The doctor sighs and says, "Son, your finger is broken." This poor kid was looking for his ailment in all the wrong places. That's exactly what's happening in Washington as our leaders grapple with health care reform. They're missing what's really broken.
Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse (CALA) is calling on Congress to focus on spiraling medical liability lawsuits as part of any meaningful reform package to rein in health care costs.
When politicians make showy displyas of big plans to help people, but then push agendas that blatantly run counter to those promises, we're right to feel betryayed.
When politicians make showy displays of big plans to help people, but then push agendas that blatantly run counter to those promises, we’re right to feel betrayed. That’s exactly what’s going on in Washington, D.C., and it’s an extension of what some attempted here in Texas during the latest legislative session.
Voters clearly get it: we can’t have true national health care reform — including improved access to care — without medical liability reform.
Texas succeeded in holding the line against efforts to roll back civil justice reforms, but the aggressive push by some personal injury lawyers this past legislative session should serve as a wake up call to those who support a legal system based on common sense and fairness.
The Texas Senate has passed a bill that will harm an already struggling economy, and soon the House will consider it. This legislation, CSSB 1123, threatens employers by allowing “no proof” asbestos lawsuits. Under this bill, any employer that may have ever had a product containing asbestos on its premises could be found liable for someone’s illness — regardless whether the amount was actually enough to cause any harm to the employee. Employers that have no liability would thus be forced to settle. This amounts to a shakedown by trial lawyers looking to line their own pockets at the expense of business. This drives up the cost of all products for all of us.
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Hurricane Ike may have passed through Southeast Texas a week ago, but one group is warning residents of another danger ahead - the "eminent threat of asbestos exposure" in the wake of the storm.
The $7.2 billion settlement recently announced in the Enron case – the largest ever in U.S. securities litigation – not surprisingly also spawned the largest ever request for attorneys fees – $688 million plus interest.
It seems that what’s good for the goose is not good for the gander when it comes to suing in Texas (“Limited help for lawyers’ victims,” June 23).
A recent economic study shows that Texas’ civil justice reforms have increased permanent jobs and brought in new revenue. This is good news, and our Legislature deserves recognition and thanks for working to rein in the lawsuit abuse that has long tarnished the Lone Star State.
A federal judge in Central Texas recently ruled that a lawyer had such a long history of filing frivolous lawsuits that he banned the attorney from any further litigation in Texas federal courts.
Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has a warning about some health-related Web sites. Legal watchdog groups say some personal injury lawyers sponsor Web sites that have medical information, but they're actually trying to sell, deceive, or frighten consumers. Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse says these ads have serious medical implications.
After researching a medical condition on the Internet, have you ever walked away more afraid than informed? As the World Wide Web expands, your chance of running into a fake medical Web site is higher than ever. KXAN's Ellen McNamara joins us with more from the Capitol in a Live Well report.
Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse of Central Texas applauds Gov. Rick Perry for answering the call for jury service. Even though Mr. Perry was not selected, he took the time to report to the courthouse as part of the jury pool.
Do the homework early.
False statements and twisted statistics don't change the fact that Texans overwhelmingly support efforts to inject a measure of common sense and fairness into Texas courts. At the root of Harrington's complaint is that reforms in Texas have dried up some of the obscene profits once expected here by personal injury trial lawyers.
Smart personal injury lawyers are always looking for new ways to make a buck. They've padded their wallets going after deep-pocket industries, filing often-questionable suits over tobacco, pharmaceuticals, asbestos and even fast food.
A bill that allows plaintiffs in personal-injury suits to recover the difference between the medical expenses they incurred and the amount their insurers paid faced little opposition in the Texas Legislature, but at least two groups are urging Gov. Rick Perry to veto it.
Every year, eager footballers from Texas and Oklahoma meet on the gridiron to battle it out in the Red River Rivalry.