Op-Ed: Legislative proposal aims to stop abusive practices of trial lawyers and public claims adjusters
By Richard W. Weekley, co-founder and CEO of Texans for Lawsuit Reform
When we began fighting lawsuit abuse in Texas 22 years ago, we had no idea how long the battle would take. We have won some great tort reform victories that have strengthened the Texas economy and helped make the Texas civil justice system a model for the nation. But today, we are seeing a new wave of ambulance-chasing personal injury trial lawyers - storm chasers - who must be stopped.
Stemming the Tide of Hailstorm Lawsuits in Texas
As a lifelong Texan, Cynthia Leal has lived through a lot of hailstorms, but she’ll not soon forget the storm of 2014.
ICYMI: Storm-chasing Lawyer Indicted for Fraud in Hailstorm Claims
Statement on Final Senate Passage of HB 1774
Statement on Final Passage of HB 1774
House Passes HB 1774, Critical Consumer Protection Bill for Texans
Over opposition, latest tort reform bill sailing through Legislature
For longtime San Antonio insurance agent Felipe Farias, being sued has become an occupational hazard. He's been served more than a dozen times in the past four years, mostly over homeowner hail and windstorm claims.
When storm-chasing lawyers win, Texans lose
Lawyer-driven hail litigation is the worst lawsuit abuse in Texas today. The Texas Legislature must stop this lawsuit abuse while protecting the right of every Texas consumer to sue their insurance company if it acts unfairly or in bad faith.
House Calendars Committee Advances HB 1774
TLR's 85th Legislative Session Update
TLR devotes significant resources including a team of four lawyers and TLR’s capable staff to follow thousands of bills as they move through every committee in both the House and Senate and on to the Governor’s desk for signature. Throughout the process, TLR works with lawmakers, staff and stakeholders to ensure the legislation is precisely written to implement good public policy without negative unintended consequences to our civil justice system.
Why Senate Bill 10 is needed
After all, if a hail storm causes damage to a home, and a policyholder is dissatisfied with the settlement of his claim, the appropriate response should be to sue the insurance company, right? Why sue the company's employees or contractors?
Texas House Advances Critical Lawsuit Reform Bill
Greater Houston Partnership and Rio Grande Valley Partnership Endorse SB 10 and HB 1774
Lawsuit abuse is costing consumers, and new ‘storm chasers’ are to blame
Texas homeowners pay some of the highest property insurance premiums in the country.
Contractors swarm damaged neighborhoods after severe weather
FORT BEND COUNTY, Texas– Storm victims anxious to repair and clean-up damage quickly found more help than they imagined with many offers coming uninvited.
Attorneys: Roofing Company Part Of Scheme To Take Homeowners’ Money
CEDAR HILL (CBS11) – Mary Burke has tried calling, texting and emailing Jorge Garcia.
Now, she’s protesting outside his Cedar Hill home.
“I will be here every weekend until we get some results,” said Burke.
Burke hired Garcia’s company House of Tomorrow to repair her mother’s roof after a hail storm.
Insurers, plaintiff's lawyers square off in Austin over hail storm bill
AUSTIN - Lobbyists representing insurance companies are pushing legislation they say will prevent premium increases by weeding out "abusive" lawsuits over damages caused by hail and other storms in what is shaping up as a battle royal with consumers and plaintiffs' lawyers.
Prominent Texas Lawyer Battered Court With Baseless Hailstorm Claims, Federal Judge Says
In March, mega attorney Steve Mostyn found himself in a small Texas border town far from his Houston home, called there to appear before a federal judge and explain why he shouldn't be sanctioned for filing baseless hail lawsuits against insurance companies.
In Case You Missed It: State Bar of Texas Suspends Storm-Chasing Trial Lawyer for Illegal Case Running
AUSTIN – The Southeast Texas Record has reported that Texas plaintiff’s attorney Kent Livesay has been suspended for one year by the State Bar of Texas for illegal case running in hailstorm damage lawsuits. The Commission for Lawyer Discipline charged Livesay with violating the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct by demanding damages from an insurance company on behalf of a client he did not represent.
All Hail Breaks Loose
Hail storms are rarely deadly, but they can inflict substantial property damage, especially to roofs and other exposed surfaces. Increasingly, hail storms in Texas are accompanied by another form of disaster, too, albeit one that is man-made: mass litigation.
Barratry Class Action Causes Shakeup At Texas Law Firm
SAN ANTONIO - The Texas law firm Speights & Worrich, which specializes in insurance disputes, has announced its decision to “significantly downsize,” claiming a barratry class action has “wrongfully damaged” the firm’s “professional reputation.”
Hail Damage Crisis
Webb County may soon be at the center of a rising crisis in Texas due to a skyrocketing number of hail damage lawsuits being filed.