Bexar County civil court will be the pilot for virtual jury trials

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Our “new normal” is bringing many changes, but one thing hasn’t changed: the importance that jury participation plays in our judicial system. In August, Bexar County will serve as the test case for holding virtual jury trials in Texas. Officials with the 57th Civil District Court, along with the Texas Supreme Court and Texas Office of Court Administration, have been brainstorming on how […]

When it comes to legal reform, good judges matter

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Texas, which once had the biggest lawsuit abuse problem in the country, is now a leader in the lawsuit reform movement. The changes made have helped: Create and retain jobs Small employers flourish Bring balance and fairness to our courts Improve access to health care, especially in many underserved areas of the state To protect […]

Juror Walks Off to Take Phone Call as Texas Tests First Jury Trial Via Zoom

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Our “new normal” hasn’t come without growing pains even in the court system, but one thing hasn’t changed: the importance of answering the call when summoned for jury duty. #GetServedGoServe https://www.law.com/texaslawyer/2020/05/18/juror-walks-off-to-take-phone-call-as-texas-tests-first-jury-trial-via-zoom/ 

Governor Abbott, Lt. Governor Patrick, Speaker Bonnen Send Letter To Congressional Leaders Urging Support For Employer Liability Protections

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May 12, 2020 | Austin, Texas |Office of the Governor Governor Greg Abbott, Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, and House Speaker Dennis Bonnen today sent a letter to Congressional Leaders asking them to support liability protections for Texas employers. In the letter, the three state leaders urge Congress to support the inclusion of legal protections in […]

Personal Injury Lawyers Continue to “Cash In” Thanks to Class-Action Lawsuits

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A recently published white paper, An Empirical Analysis of Federal Consumer Fraud Class Action Settlements, on class-action settlements by the Jones Day law firm confirms what we have known for a while: some of these lawsuits deliver big jackpots for some personal injury lawyers, often at the expense of consumers.  The study’s main findings: Only […]

Anticipating the COVID-19 Lawsuit Storm

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While health care professionals and other essential workers fight the COVID-19 pandemic from the front lines, they should not be worried about being sued for good-faith efforts they make in an attempt to save a life.  However, some personal injury lawyers see the current crisis as an opportunity to cash in.  The first lawsuits targeting […]

Guest Blog: Avoiding the Post-Pandemic Lawsuit Wave

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By D’Anne Buquet As the Coastal Bend hunkers down to combat COVID-19, this community is experiencing quite a few positive effects. More than ever, people are making a conscious effort to support local businesses that remain open. Businesses are adapting to meet their customers’ needs with new innovative practices such as contact-free, ultra-sanitized shopping experiences. […]

Texans for Lawsuit Reform: Protecting Our Frontlines

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World Health Day was last week, on April 7, and there couldn’t be a more appropriate time to recognize the work and sacrifices of the healthcare profession across the globe. In the past few weeks, we’ve seen these men and women run toward danger, working around the clock and putting their own lives on the […]

Buckingham: Bill required transparency of medication ads

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Via the Killeen Daily Herald, March 19, 2020 By DAWN BUCKINGHAM | STATE SENATOR, DISTRICT 24 Hello friends, as your state senator for District 24 I’d like to share a few thoughts about the importance of Sunshine Week, and government transparency. Perhaps at no time in history, in my opinion, has the need for openness […]

Texas sets record for physician-to-patient ratio

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By Jon Opelt Texas’ physician workforce is growing at a record pace, far greater than the state’s impressive population growth. The Texas Alliance for Patient Access cites the state’s 2003 landmark medical liability reforms as a primary catalyst. The ratio of Texas patient-care physicians for every 100,000 people has grown uninterrupted for 10 straight years, according to […]