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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.

Austin American Statesman, May 16, 2017

A man is suing a Round Rock woman for texting during a movie date at the Barton Creek Square theater, according to a petition filed in small claims court in Travis County.

Houston Chronicle, May 16, 2017

A vehicle drives by a field covered from a hail storm early Thursday, March 17, 2016 in Fort Worth, Texas. Hail the size of golf balls coated parts of North Texas, broke windows, damaged police vehicles and killed exotic birds at the Fort Worth Zoo. 

Southeast Texas Record, May 15, 2017

When the Texas House Committee on Judiciary and Civil Jurisprudence held a hearing seven years ago to discuss barratry in our state, Steve Mostyn agreed with those present that it was a problem and recommended prosecution of “swindlers.”

Reuters, May 8, 2017

Justice Neil Gorsuch of the U.S. Supreme Court doesn’t have much of a record on class actions. As a private lawyer at Kellogg Huber Hansen Todd Evans & Figel between 1995 and 2005, Gorsuchwrote a couple of amicus briefs for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, asking to tighten requirements in securities class actions. He wrote a handful of opinions in class action cases in his last job, as a judge on the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, none espousing an overarching policy on class actions as a vehicle of justice. Both friends and foes of the newest justice consider Gorsuch to be pro-business, but the truth is that we don’t know yet if he will prod his fellow justices to revive Justice Antonin Scalia’s years-long campaign to rein in class actions.

Wall Street Journal, May 9, 2017

With Neil Gorsuch safely on the Supreme Court, the White House is turning its attention to the lower federal courts. President Trump took a major step Monday, naming five new nominees to the federal appellate courts and five to the district courts.