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San Antonio Express News, May 18, 2017

This newspaper’s editorial regarding House Bill 1774, which both houses have approved, is uninformed and misleading. With a 1,400 percent increase in litigation statewide, weather-related lawsuit abuse is the latest example of trial lawyers getting rich by abusing the legal system that is supposed to protect consumers from bad actors.

Austin Business Journal, May 17, 2017

In a debate that pitted trial lawyers against insurance companies, insurers appear to have won out this session with passage of a bill that ties attorney fees to reasonable estimates. It still needs final approval from the Texas Senate and the signature of the governor before it becomes law.

Office of the Lt. Governor Dan Patrick, May 17, 2017

AUSTIN - Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick issued the following statement today following the passage of the Hailstorm Lawsuit Reform bill. House Bill 1774, the companion to Lt. Gov. Patrick's Senate Priority, SB 10, is now on its way to Gov. Abbott's desk:

Courthouse News, May 17, 2017

PHILADELPHIA (CN) – Describing a far-reaching conspiracy in asbestos litigation, an Illinois manufacturer brought a federal complaint against a Pennsylvania law firm that brags about the number of multimillion-dollar verdicts and settlements it has won for mesothelioma clients.

PR Web, May 17, 2017

The American Insurance Association (AIA) praised the Texas legislature’s passage of hailstorm litigation reform legislation (HB 1774). HB 1774 passed the Senate by a vote of 21 to 7 earlier today.

 
Southeast Texas Record, May 17, 2017

AUSTIN – With both the Texas Senate and House cleared, House Bill 1774, a piece of legislation aimed at ending abusive and frivolous hailstorm litigation, is now on its way to Gov. Greg Abbott’s desk.

Austin American Statesman, May 16, 2017

A proposed law aimed at reducing the motivation for Texas property owners to sue insurance companies in the wake of damage caused by “forces of nature” — from the relatively commonplace, such as hailstorms, to the more atypical, such as earthquakes or wildfires — won initial approval from the state Senate Tuesday.

 
Southeast Texas Record, May 16, 2017

AUSTIN – The Texas Senate has tentatively approved House Bill 1774, commonly referred to as the hailstorm lawsuit abuse bill.

Texas Tribune, May 16, 2017

A tort-reform bill that would discourage property owners from suing insurers over weather-related claims tentatively passed the Texas Senate on Tuesday.

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