A study from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce revealed the liability cost of lawsuits against businesses in 2021 reached $347 billion, with small businesses disproportionately bearing nearly half of that cost ($160 billion) despite making up just 20% of total revenue. Read the full article here.
In a hard-hitting piece analyzing California’s climate nuisance lawsuit against five major oil and gas companies, George Mason University Law Professor Donald J. Kochan writes that courts have already ruled against a similar case… nearly 20 years ago. In 2007, California sought damages from automakers for alleged contributions to climate change, based on claims of public nuisance. However, the court rejected these claims, emphasizing that it was a policy decision reserved for the appropriate legislative body. Read the full article here.
AUSTIN – Texans for Lawsuit Reform (TLR) today issued the following statement regarding Gov. Greg Abbott’s intent to appoint Justice Jane Bland to the Texas Supreme Court:
“Throughout her more than 20 years of service as a judge—15 of those as a justice on Houston’s 1st Court of Appeals—Jane Bland has proven an appreciation for our Constitution and the rule of law, and handled some of the most pressing issues facing our state’s courts,” TLR Senior General Counsel Hugh Rice Kelly said. “Her integrity, fairness and work ethic has won the respect of her peers and of the broader legal community. As an indication of that, she ranked first in the 2018 State Bar Judicial Preference Poll and the 2018 Houston Bar Association Judicial Preference Poll among all judges. Justice Bland, with her extensive experience and legal brilliance, will be an excellent addition to our state’s highest court.”
AUSTIN – Texans for Lawsuit Reform (TLR) issued the following statement regarding Senate Bill 2342 and House Bill 3336, which help increase access to courts for Texans.
“For many Texans, the time and cost of taking a small dispute to court is too high to pursue. A person’s economic status should not cut off their right to the courts,” TLR General Counsel Lee Parsley said. “Moving lawsuits more quickly through the courts helps ensure Texans of all backgrounds have access to an affordable, fair and efficient legal system. For the last decade, expedited claims and justices of the peace have helped more Texans resolve their disputes more quickly and less expensively. These bills would expand those successful procedures to apply to more lawsuits.”
AUSTIN – Texans for Lawsuit Reform (TLR) today issued the following statement regarding Gov. Greg Abbott’s intention to appoint Jimmy Blacklock to the Texas Supreme Court:
“Jimmy Blacklock is a serious lawyer whose background and skill will allow him to make an immediate and lasting impact on the Texas Supreme Court,” TLR General Counsel Lee Parsley said. “Through his work at the highest levels of state and federal government, including serving President George W. Bush and in the Texas Attorney General and Governor’s offices, he has handled some of Texas’ most important and challenging legal issues. His career reflects his strong commitment to public service, the Constitution and the rule of law. He will make an excellent addition to Texas’ highest court.”