Texas lawyer who filed fraudulent hail-damage lawsuits sentenced to 5 years

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A personal injury lawyer who took advantage of some Texas homeowners by filing fraudulent hailstorm-related lawsuits will serve five years in prison, a Tarrant County judge has decided. Read the complete story here: Texas lawyer who filed fraudulent hail-damage lawsuits sentenced to 5 years.  H/T to the judge in this case.

Stand Up For Summer

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Whether it’s a slip and falls on wet surfaces like swimming pool decking, dog bites by a neighbor’s pet, burns from a charcoal grill or fireworks’ accidents. We want to encourage and educate Texans about using common-sense to avoid being on the receiving end of lawsuit and to think twice before filing a suit themselves.

Legislation Needed, Not Litigation

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For many personal injury trial lawyers, the dream is to one day hit the next big litigation jackpot and land a multi-billion-dollar settlement, deploying lawsuits against one American industry after another in a scheme to strike it big. Now, some attorneys believe they’ve uncovered the City of Gold and are ready to cash in on […]

The Imperfect Storm: Harvey Litigation Will Be Fought Under Hailstorm Bill’s Rules, While ‘Menchaca’ Looms in the Background

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When Hurricane Harvey made landfall in late August 2017, it was the first major hurricane to hit Texas since Hurricane Ike, nine years before, which spawned a wealth of litigation against carriers. Most of these cases have been resolved by 2017, leaving many policyholder and carrier attorneys with extra time on their hands. Harvey litigation undoubtedly means […]

Worth a read: Is “Loser Pays” a Vestige of Oppression?

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Is “Loser Pays” a Vestige of Oppression? Part I By Mark Pulliam In response to a recent post on my blog, Misrule of Law, regarding the award of attorneys’ fees in litigation, a friend of mine scolded me for criticizing the so-called “American rule,” pursuant to which each side generally bears its own attorneys’ fees […]

Don’t let fear get to you before you get the facts: weather-related lawsuits edition

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An opinion piece by Texas Watch used old data to misrepresent the state of insurance claims during the recovery and blamed the Legislature for passing bills that hurt property owners. Texans should know that the laws passed were meant to protect consumers and remove incentives for storm-chasing personal injury lawyers to troll for new clients. […]

Get out and vote!

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Primary Runoff Election Early Voting: May 14- 18, 2018 Primary Runoff Election Day: May 22, 2018 Need more election information? Visit VoteTexas.gov.

Too many Texans dodge jury duty

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By Justice Jeff Brown In mid-April, a 4-year-old boy was summoned to jury duty in Pennsylvania but was unable to go because “he has preschool that day.”  The situation was a light-hearted reminder that 1) errors do happen and 2) some potential jurors do have legitimate reasons they can’t serve. On the whole, however, jury […]

Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse Groups Tout Jury Service As Governor Greg Abbott Declares First Week of May “Jury Service Appreciation” Week

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AUSTIN, TEXAS— Noting that the right to trial by a jury of peers is a critical part of the nation’s justice system, Texas Governor Greg Abbott has declared the week May 2 to May 6 as “Jury Service Appreciation Week” in Texas. “The obligation and privilege to serve as a juror are as fundamental to […]