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TLR Press Release, May 25, 2007

(Austin, Texas) Texans for Lawsuit Reform commended state lawmakers for their continued commitment to ending lawsuit abuse in Texas. In a constructive session for lawsuit reform, lawmakers closed a dangerous loophole in state venue law and rejected dozens of proposals to roll back groundbreaking lawsuit reforms enacted over the past decade that have boosted our economy and helped to create hundreds of thousands of new jobs for Texans. 

Wall Street Journal, May 21, 2007

The depredations of the trial bar are legion. But sometimes a case is so exquisite in revealing the character of the modern tort industry that its details deserve national distribution. Such is the case of the 79 lawyers fighting like a hyena pack over the spoils of a $10 million Shell Oil settlement in New Orleans.

Wall Street Journal, May 18, 2007

The terse four-page judicial order handed down in a
California courtroom last month hasn't made much of a ripple among commentators. But if it stands as precedent following the near-inevitable appeal -- and if states and municipalities also follow President Bush, who signed an executive order on Wednesday barring the federal government from entering into contingency fee agreements with trial lawyers -- the ruling by Superior Court Judge Jack Komar might slow down the destructive litigation trend of ambitious private lawyers' enlistment of government as a client.

 

Insurance Journal, May 14, 2007

An Oklahoma surgeon said he will not treat legislators who voted against a bill to curb malpractice insurance rates and suggested they go to Texas for surgical procedures.

Austin American Statesman, May 2, 2007

Texas has no natural, deep water ports. Every port and waterway in the Lone Star State must be regularly dredged to keep them clear and open. Texas' maritime industry is critical to our state's economy, contributing $178 billion in business sales annually and nearly a million jobs. Texas ports pay $5 billion a year in state and local taxes and handle 20 percent of all marine traffic in the nation.

TLR Press Release, April 25, 2007

Texans for Lawsuit Reform joined with Texas ports and the maritime industry, including every dredging company doing business in Texas, to applaud the passage of CSHB 1602, introduced by Rep. Corbin Van Arsdale, R-Houston.

Houston Chronicle, April 22, 2007

An unusual and dangerous loophole in Texas law allows maritime workers to file a state lawsuit in the county where they live. Other personal injury lawsuits in our state must be filed in the county where the injury took place or in the county where the defendant does business. This exception, which is not allowed in any other state or in federal lawsuits, has resulted in a dramatic increase in maritime lawsuits in four South Texas counties Starr, Hidalgo, Cameron, and Zapata.

TLR Press Release, March 6, 2007

Texans for Lawsuit Reform praised SB 1204, filed by Sen. Robert Duncan, R-Lubbock, today to modernize Texas courts and more efficiently administer the judicial process throughout the state. State Rep. Dan Gattis, R-Georgetown, is slated to file identical legislation in the House.

Wall Street Journal April 21, 2007

Last year, candidates for state supreme court seats spent a combined $40 million nationwide. Earlier this month, a whopping $6 million was spent to win a single vacant seat on Wisconsin's state Supreme Court. It seems voters are growing discontented with their judges and increasingly willing to engage in partisan battles over who should sit on the bench.

The Beaumont Enterprise, April 10, 2007

Unfortunately, the strength of this vital part of our state’s economy currently is threatened by an explosion of lawsuits against dredging companies in four South Texas counties.

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