New Report Sheds Light on Lawsuit Trends

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A new report released by the American Tort Reform Association (ATRA) reveals the rapid growth of large firms representing state and municipal governments in cases involving opioids and climate change in recent years. It raises important issues regarding the hiring of outside counsel and the deep pockets of private attorneys. The report points to several […]

What’s a felony that largely gets overlooked or ignored? Barratry

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What’s a felony that largely gets overlooked or ignored? It’s barratry – otherwise known as ambulance chasing – and the practice is clearly alive and well in Texas. Recently a personal injury lawyer was indicted for barratry, insurance fraud and money laundering. We must all stand up when our justice system is abused, and barratry […]

Ho, Ho, Ho! Stop frivolous lawsuits

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It’s the season to give, not receive. But many Texans may find themselves receiving the legal equivalent of a lump of coal in their stockings if they’re served a lawsuit instead of eggnog at their holiday party. Social host liability should be at the top of a host’s planning list for the holiday season. After […]

Judicial Hellholes 2018-2019 Report

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The annual Judicial Hellholes report has been released. The report examines civil justice trends over the previous year and identifies “Judicial Hellholes” — examples of jurisdictions where the civil justice system systematically applies laws and court procedures in an unfair and unbalanced manner. In the recent past, the Judicial Hellholes report has listed Texas as […]

Economic Impact Report Analyzes Excessive Litigation Costs on State Economies

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Check out these economic impact studies analyzing excessive litigation costs in California, Florida, Illinois, Louisiana, Missouri and West Virginia. The study estimates nearly a half-million permanent jobs were lost due to excessive litigation costs. California: Loss of 197,776 jobs and $11.8 billion in personal income. Florida: Loss of 126,139 jobs and $7.5 billion in personal […]

Buquet, Contreras: Medical Liability Reform Delivering Results for Texas Patients

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Fifteen years ago this fall, Texas voters did something truly dramatic. They approved a constitutional amendment that limits non-economic damage awards in lawsuits against doctors and hospitals. The reason for doing so was painfully obvious: Jury awards for subjective harm, like emotional distress, were soaring. At the time, questionable lawsuits and abusive legal practices were […]

Legal watchdogs kick off awareness week by reminding Texans that protecting the courts ‘starts with you’

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AUSTIN — When it comes to protecting Texas’ courts from frivolous lawsuits, “It Starts With You.”  That’s the message that Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse groups are delivering as they kick off Lawsuit Abuse Awareness Week, which runs Oct. 1-5. “Our ‘It Starts With You’ message is aimed at reminding Texans that we all play a […]

Trial Lawyers Spent $186 Million on Advertising in Second Quarter of 2018

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Study Released by American Tort Reform Association: Trial Lawyers Spent $186 Million on Advertising in Second Quarter of 2018 California, Florida, Missouri, New York Among Top Media Markets Sept. 24, 2018 (WASHINGTON) — Today, the American Tort Reform Association released a study showing spending and top media markets for TV ads from trial lawyers. “Have you […]

Hail Yes, Reform Works

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For 20 years, Texas has stood on the forefront of common-sense lawsuit reform aimed at ensuring our courts are used for justice, not greed. Over the years, those changes have   included reining in outrageous damage awards, court shopping and out-of-state asbestos lawsuits that had nothing to do with Texas. These and other reforms have allowed […]

15 years on, Proposition 12 continues to expand health care options across Texas, say tort reform groups

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SE Texas Record AUSTIN — As Texas marks the 15th anniversary of voter approval of a landmark medical liability reform, the state continues to see dramatic improvement in access to health care. Voters in September 2003 passed Proposition 12 — the Texas constitutional amendment that capped non-economic damages in medical liability lawsuits. The reform was […]