One of TLR’s goals is to make litigation less expensive and time consuming for everyone involved in a lawsuit. To that end, allowing appeals of controlling questions of law helps ensure early resolution of the critical issues in a case.
After the billion-dollar tobacco settlement shed light on the ill-conceived and extremely costly private attorney contingency fee contract with the state, the Texas Legislature passed a law to reform future contingent fee contracts with government. That session also saw reforms to lawsuits against firearms manufacturers, Good Samaritan laws and truthful employment recommendations.
TLR’s second legislative session built on its successful first by helping pass a reform to shut down some aspects of interstate forum shopping.
TLR had a strong ally during its first legislative session in Gov. George W. Bush and Lt. Gov. Bob Bullock, who prioritized reining in Texas’ out of control lawsuit environment in order to grow our economy and create opportunities for families by working to pass TLR’s first legislative agenda, which included reforms to the Deceptive Trade Practices Act, judicial campaign finance reform, proportionate responsibility, punitive damages, frivolous lawsuits, public servant liability, healthcare liability, property owner liability and venue shopping.